About The Viking Sites Day Tour From Copenhagen:
- See below for a concise itinerary list.
On this full day excursion you'll explore the culture, religion and daily lives of the Vikings, plus lesser visited towns in southern Zealand. Starting outside the Grand Hotel in Copenhagen, you'll be greeted by a friendly English-speaking tour guide. Once everyone has arrived the bus will leave the capital to visit a site which will only be accessible in its current form in 2018.
Discovered in 2014, the Vikingeborgen settlement is undergoing extensive excavation work to reveal a massive fortress that once stood near the present day village of Lellinge. It is estimated to have been one of the largest structures in the Viking world when it was constructed in the 10th century by Harald Bluetooth.
For this year only you'll be able to view the archaeological dig from a 6 meter high viewing platform. To place the work in context, visitors will be given access to 360° videos, animation and digital fact sheets about daily life in the fortress. Along with Trelleborg, which the tour visits later, Vikingeborgen was one of the seven Viking ring castles constructed to help control sea traffic in the straits surrounding Zealand. Entry to the site is included in the cost of this day tour.
Next you'll be taken to the Viking Tomb of Om, a cairn-like burial site known in Danish as 'Jettestue'. This one is estimated to be nearly 4000 years old, and is 7 meters long by 2 meters wide. Your guide will talk about the folklore surrounding Om and other monuments like it. Hundreds of years ago people speculated that supernatural creatures such as trolls built them, considering the roof stones alone weighed 20 tons. It's now believed that they were built by large groups of communities to honour deceased leaders and other important people.
Finally you'll come to Trelleborg, which currently features a recreated Viking village called Slaglose. With the help of costumed reenactors you'll see how staple foods were prepared, how tools and jewellery were crafted and archery displays. If you get hungry during your free time at Trelleborg there's a cafe where you can buy coffee and cakes.
On the way back to Copenhagen you'll pass through Slagelse, one of Denmark's oldest towns. It's home to the Danish Royal Hussars and is where Hans Christian Andersen went to grammar school.
Season | 2018:
- June 17 - August 31 | Every Wed, Fri and Sun.
- Note - no Fridays available during June.
- Live English-Speaking Guide.
- Meet: 09:15.
- Depart: 09:30.
- Outside Grand Hotel (Vesterbrogade 9, 1620 København V).
- 1) Copenhagen (Depart).
- 2) Vikingeborgen Ved Køge.
- 3) Tomb of Om.
- 4) Trelleborg Viking Village/Fortress.
- 5) Copenhagen (Return).