The Vikings of Lindholm Høje

How did they live in the Iron and Viking ages in Aalborg? What did they eat and drink? How was the everyday life and their celebrations, and what was the religion? All this is presented through exciting new techniques as well as the original burial site at Lindholm Høje and Lindholm Høje Museum.

Viking Burial Site at Lindholm Høje

At Lindholm Høje, you will see one of Scandinavia’s best preserved Viking findings – dug out from a thick layer of sand, which has kept the secrets of Lindholm Høje for thousands of years.

Lindholm Høje exhibits burial sites from both the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age – 682 graves and 150 stone ships have been found on the site. North of the burial site was a village, and here, remains of houses, fences and wells have been discovered.

The area was severely troubled by sand drift, and around the year 1000, the sand completely covered the burial site, thereby preserving the stone circles as well as a freshly ploughed field, which can now be investigated by archaeologists and visitors at Lindholm Høje. Many of the discovered prehistorical findings are displayed at the Lindholm Høje Museum.   

History Comes Alive

In the exhibition halls of the Lindholm Høje Museum, the history of the area comes alive. Accounts of the inhabitants’ life conditions in the past are imaginatively and excitingly conveyed. In order to properly set the scene, the story of the birth of the Danish Kingdom and state are told, as well as tales about the Danes’ trade and cultural connections.

With a background in the recovered findings, you will be introduced to the viking life through magnificent reconstructions, panoramas, illustrations and 3D animations. Experience how the inhabitants of Lindholm kept cattle, cultivated the fields, built and decorated their houses, cooked, wove and traded. 

The Big Fire

One of the many stories told at the Lindholm Høje Museum is that of the mysterious and tragic fire, that struck a farm near Nørre Tranders more than 2000 years ago. Together, archaeologists, fire technicians and forensics have taken on the task of uncovering, whether the fire was an accident or arson. Read more about the big fire at Lindholm Høje.

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Lindholm Høje - Viking burial site

At Lindholm Høje, archeologists have found several burial sites and settlements originating from the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age, including 682 graves and 150 stone ships. North of the burial site was a village where houses, fences and wells have been discovered. Read more here: Lindholm Høje.

Lindholm Høje Museum

At the Lindholm Høje Museum you will find two archeological exhibitions about the Iron Age and the Viking Age, which shows how the Lindholm people used to live.

Grab a beer from ancient times

At Lindholm Høje Museum, you can taste a beer from ancient times. The beer – brewed without hop but with heather honey, myrica gale and malt – has a fresh, acidic taste. The recipe is recreated by analyzing remains from ancient times containing trace of the first beers brewed in Denmark.

Ancient beer is not the only thing served at Lindholm Høje. At the café, you can get a variety of contemporary food and beverage while enjoying the lovely view of the fjord.

Viking Market

During the viking chronicles, a viking market takes place in the genuine viking surroundings of Lindholm Høje, northern Europe's largest Viking burial site. The market offers "live" viking craftsmen and visualizes viking trade about 1000 years ago.

Viking rade in Denmark

So you're ready to head out for the seasonal raiding and pillaging in true Viking style? No matter where you go in Denmark, you'll always be near a piece of Viking history. Burial sites, museums, markets, fortifications - Denmark is one big Vikings site! There is something going for all the family all year round.

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Lindholm Høje - viking burial grounds and museum in Aalborg

Meet the Vikings in Aalborg

In Aalborg you will find one of Scandinavia’s best preserved Viking finds – dug out from a thick layer of sand which has kept the secrets of Lindholm Høje for thousands of years.