The Vikings’ secret defense in Roskilde Fjord

I will take you back to March 28, 2014, on a beautiful sunny day at Roskilde Fjord.
Roskilde Fjord is a beautiful area. I was born at the sea, but grew up in this fjord environment.
Always being near the water brought me many lovely experiences.
The fjord is idyllic, and you can plan many a good walk.
The history is exhilarating, and exceptional relics are left by the Vikings.
My walk starts at the ridge at Skuldelev. The silence is striking except for the song of the larch.
It is unusual to find silence today, but it is still possible here.

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You can see the Skuldelev Ås in the background.

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Skuldelev Ås is 5 kilometres south of Frederikssund, and is Denmark’s best preserved ridge. Most of the four kilometres ridge is publicly available.

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Out there in the fjord is the two islands Peberholmen and Kølholmen.
This is where they found the Skuldelev ships from the Viking Age.
Five ships were sailed out to block the entrance to Roskilde for enemy ships, as a part of a deliberate defence strategy.
The ships were filled with stones, and the only important task was that the ships were properly positioned when they sank.

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The Skuldelev Ship; The Sea Stallion from Glendalough was supposed to block the two major shipping lanes with its 27 meters. The ship could almost reach over both channels simultaneously.

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Here is the Sea Stallion under reconstruction at the Viking Ship Museum.

See the most beautiful photos from Sea Stallion’s many voyages.
The photos are taken by Werner Karrasch: Sea Stallion

Wish you a happy walk and leave no trace behind you unless they are of significant importance 😊

14 thoughts on “The Vikings’ secret defense in Roskilde Fjord

    • Thanks, Jo. We need green oases!
      It is my experience that some people who become aware of quiet nature, keep their knowledge to themselves. You could end up with a lot of visitors in a small area and ruin the distinctive of the place.
      I take the chance by telling about my favourites 🙂

    • Thanks for that, George. My fascination will never come to an end what the history concerns.
      The Sea Stallion from Glendalough visited Dublin in 2007. The Danish crew, Irish friends, mayors and ministers planted 21 oaks beside the round tower in Glendalough, Wicklow. They did so as a symbolic act for the oak trees that once was felled for use to build the original warship and to strengthen relations between Ireland and Denmark. The original warship found at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord is dated to 1042. Archaeologists have estimated that the warship is built of trees from the Dublin area.
      That is just a tiny bit of a wonderful story

    • Thanks a lot, Cheryl. I will return to the fjord when the weather gets warmer. It’s like taking a walk in the Danish Golden Age paintings ❤😊

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