The Viking Ship Museum

The ancient Danes, of course, are renowned for their exploits aboard the Viking ships. It was in the 11th century, when the Norwegians were rampaging through the country, that the Danes actually sank five of their own vessels across a narrow neck of the shallow Roskilde Fjord in order to block the sea route to the town. These vessels lay undisturbed for some 900 years until, in 1962, they were salvaged to become the primary exhibits in the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibshallen). The framework of each vessel was reconstructed using metal strips; then the thousands of pieces of wood were treated with preservatives and fitted together in their proper places.

The museum's design, with the water-facing side entirely of glass, gives the illusion of bringing the wa-

ters of the fjord almost into the exhibition hall. The museum is lavishly illustrated with photographs and charts; a film, recounting in English the full story of the salvage, is shown in the cinema-cellar.

A newer attraction at the Viking Ship Museum, opened in 1997 after years of planning, is a harbor complex called the Museum Island (Museums0). Here you will see craftsmen, using traditional methods, actually building replicas of the Viking ships.

What's more, during the summer months, visitors have the option of booking one-hour sailings aboard one of the replica ships. Finally, if all this adventure whips up a Leif Erickson-sized appetite, the Restaurant Snekken at the museum serves lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, and your favorite beverages in a pleasant ambiance overlooking the water (see page 171).

The Viking Museum and the Museum Island are open May to September, daily, 9 am to 5 pm (admission DKK 52); and October to April, daily, 10 am to 4 pm (admission DKK 43). s 46-30-02-00, fax 46-3221-15.

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