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 😊

A Viking ship is launched tomorrow

Now spring is here!
The Sea Stallion of Glendalough, the 30 meter long warship, is launched tomorrow, April 14th.
Can you imaging the viking sails appear in the horizon?
What an impressive sight that must have been.

Boat members will start the launch at 10 am
The Sea Stallion From Glendalough, approx. 13 pm
The newly built Teinæring is named and launched at 14 pm

The Viking Ship Museum

Munkholmen, a market place for Vikings

Munkholmen was an important market place in the Viking Age.
I always imagine a spectacular sight of Viking ships sweeping across the fjord while those on the shore eagerly are awaiting the latest news.

The ships are photos from previous years of the Sea Stallion from Glendalough at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, and a ship from the Maritime Experimental Centre, Lyndby, Kr. Hyllinge.
Munkholmen is 55 km from Copenhagen a run passing Roskilde where you can find the Viking Ship Museum.

Vikings, The Sea Stallion from Glendalough and Roskilde Cathedral

I will show you some of my favourite places in Denmark, that is, those close to Copenhagen.

The first place of them all is The Viking Ship Museum and Roskilde Domkirke.
A walk from the main street in Roskilde past the cathedral and through the parks down to the harbour, is a very nice walk.

The Viking Age in Roskilde was quite dramatic and colourful.

The history carries unique testimony of that time. Among other things, marine archaeologists found the original warship, The Sea Stallion from Glendalough in the channel to Roskilde, lowered along with 4 other Viking ships, presumably to prevent an enemy attack from the outside.

The original ships are exhibited at the museum. The Sea Stallion is reconstructed and is sailing during summers with 60 – 62 members of the crew at a time.

The Sea Stallion was built in Ireland by trees felled in the beautiful forest in Glendalough, hence the name of the ship.

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Take a look at these brilliant films on: webtv.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk

A walk from the harbour towards the Cathedral

A walk from the Cathedral towards the harbour.

Repairing of the reconstruction of the warship, The Sea Stallion from Glendalough in the spring 2014.

 

Preparing The Sea Stallion from Glendalough

The Sea Stallion from Glendalough har tilbagelagt 4500 sømil, det svarer til 8334 kilometer under kølen. Skibet har samlet det meste af Danmarks befolkning omkring det enestående eventyr, som er genopstået af havet ud for Skuldelev.

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Det snart 10 år gamle skib er ved at gennemgå sine første reparationer, et flækket årehulsbord…

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… og her ser I mastefisken, det røde stykke træ. Klik i det spørgende hoved for skitse 😕  Mastefisken gør det muligt at lægge masten ned.

Egetræet til mastefisken fandt Vikingeskibsmuseet i Jægersborg Hegn, nord for København. Kævlen er 15 meter lang, og måler 79 cm på midten.

Det er én af de gamle flådeege, træer, der blev plantet for over 200 år siden efter at englænderne sejlede væk med Danmarks flåde, efter Bombardamentet af København, Flådens ran. Disse træer var til reetablering  af en ny flåde. Ville Maersk ha’ brugt sit berømte motto; Rettidig Omhu 😉

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Vikingeskibsmuseet åbner ny særudstilling ‘The World in the Viking Age’ for publikum fredag den 11. april.