Visit the Viking Valley Njardarheimr in Gudvangen Norway and meet the real Vikings

Step Back in Time At The Viking Valley Njardarheimr in Norway

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When we first heard about the newly opened Viking Valley in Gudvangen, we just knew we had to squeeze it into our Norway trip itinerary. After all, Norway is home of the Vikings, and our boys love everything about them.

Viking Village Njardarheimr

The Viking Valley is not really a museum, as we first thought. It’s an authentic Viking village, with real Vikings, where you can experience their lifestyle as it was more than 1000 years ago. They are not dressed up actors as you often see in places like these, rather reenactors, real Vikings who choose the Viking era as lifestyle.

This project has been a lifetime dream of Mr. Georg Olafr, who has moved to Gudvangen some 22 years ago, and in 2017 his dream finally became a reality.

Viking Valley Chieftain - Georg Olafr

Viking Valley Chieftain – Georg Olafr

 

During the Viking era Gudvangen was an important trading place. For years, it was also a place where Vikings organised their annual summer market. Viking village Njardarheimr is now built as a permanent village. It is to become a town where Vikings from all over the world can live together re-enacting the past and share their knowledge and stories with visitors.

Njardarheimr village has 18 houses at the moment, and it’s far from finished. Next year, a big community house will be opened, as well as many more smaller buildings to house more than a hundred Vikings. There’s already a long waiting list – so many Vikings from all over the world applied to come and live here.

Viking Valley Njardarheimr in Gudvangen is one of the must see places in Flam area in Norway Viking Village Njardarheimr in Gudvagen Norway Vikings at Njardarheimr Viking Village in Gudvangen Norway

 

Visiting The Viking Valley – what to expect

The Viking Valley is a village where you are free to walk around and explore as you please. But you would be missing a lot! Make sure to join the Viking Experience – one of the guided tours of the village. In fact, you can join as many of the tours as you wish – they run at various times throughout the day, and every Viking tells different stories in their own style. It’s so interesting to learn about the history, trading, sailing, and handcrafts.

Also, I really recommend that you talk to the Vikings. They are really friendly and eager to tell more about the Viking era, about the handcrafts they are making, their clothes, jewellery, the food… If you are up to it, you can try archery or axe throwing as well. Our kids were super enthusiastic about this, and I got some more grey hairs just watching them. But, as one of the Vikings correctly pointed out: ‘kids who learn to use axes, learn to not hurt themselves with them’.

Axe throwing at the Viking Valley in Gudvangen Norway Viking lady demostrating a waterproof wool cape in Gudvangen Flam Norway Viking Experience - our guide at the Viking Valley in Gudvangen Viking handcrafts at Viking Valley in Gudvangen

 

The kids tried to learn some traditional Viking boardgames, while we chatted to the Vikings. The people are extremely friendly, so don’t be shy and say hi to them. We spent over 2 hours at the village, and the time flew by.

In Viking village Njardarheimr you can try some authentic Viking food as well. The food is prepared from old Viking recipes with local ingredients that would have been available in the Viking era as well. The foodcourt was not yet open when we visited. But the idea is to have a place where visitors can taste a variety of food and drinks from traditional Viking cuisines. Traditional Viking meals include Viking soup with freshly baked pan bread, porridge, salmon, sausage, or cabbage salad. For bigger parties or VIP guests they would even serve a whole pit-roasted pig or lamb.

There is also a small shop if you would like to take home some handmade and genuine Viking souvenirs.

Viking Valley in Gudvangen is not to be missed when visiting Flam Vikings preparing lunch at Njardarheimr Viking Valley

 

Viking Valley – practical information

  • Viking Valley is open daily from June through September.
  • Count at least 2 hours for the visit.
  • Viking village Njardarheimr is located in Gudvangen, just a few steps from the boat for the Naeroyfjord scenic cruise between Flam and Gudvangen.
  • For more practical information check the official website of Viking Valley.

Conclusion. We are really glad we visited the Viking Valley in Gudvangen, and I can highly recommend it to everyone. It’s a unique place, something you won’t experience anywhere else. So if you are visiting the Flam – Gudvangen area in summer, don’t miss the Viking Village Njardarheimr.

Visiting Njardarheimr Vikingvalley with kids

 

In my post about the best things to do in Flam you can find a sample one day itinerary for Flam – Gudvangen area. If you plan well and book some activities ahead, it is quite easy to see the very best of Flam including the Viking Valley in just one day.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this review. It is now part of my itinerary 🙂 I wondered whether you noticed anywhere to store luggage? We’re catching the ferry from Aurland and proceeding on to Bergen.

    1. Author

      Hi Esther, I haven’t seen it, but aI quickly search on Google and from what I understand, there is luggage storage available in Flam. It’s a small village and everything is pretty much at the same place, so just ask when you get there.

  2. Any tips on how to do this from a cruise ship? Private excursion? Taxi?

    1. Author

      Hi Lisa, if you are there on a cruise ship, I assume it stops in Flam for a day. From there you could take a boat to Gudvangen (see the fjords along the way). Then in Gudvangen visit the Viking village and take a shuttle bus back to Flam.
      You can also do this in the opposite direction – first the bus to Gudvangen, visit Viking Village, and then fjord cruise back to Flam.
      Please note that in high season it’s really essential to book the boat and ideally also the shuttle bus in advance.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you so much! Yes, we are on a cruise and really trying to maximize the experiences in Norway and Iceland, so your site has been a great help!

  3. I love the sound of this, especially because my roots are viking. What a great idea and one the kids would love as well I’m sure!

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