What today is the oldest Viking Moot in Denmark (and possibly the world) started back in the 70s. However, then it was just a series of workshops on Viking artisan crafts taught at Moesgård beach. Over time people got curious and more and more visitors started arriving throughout the years, including “warriors” (and when I say warriors, I mean curious souls like myself with an undying love for all things Viking and Scandinavian ^^) from all over the world. Now-a-days more than 20,000 of those brave warriors from far away lands come to Moesrgård to take part on the battles, delight themselves with the sweet flavour of the viking Met (honey wine) as well as gather new garments for their coming festivities. Or something like that. Alternatively they just want to spend a nice day out with family and friends.
The Viking Moot in Moesgård as we know it today, dates from 1977, which means that next year (2017) it will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. It couldn’t come at a better time, as 2017 is the year in which Århus will be the European Capital of Culture!
Anyhow, back when I was living in Århus, I called some friends and made a day of our visit to the Viking Moot in Moesgård. We met at Banegårdspadsen, where we took the bus number 100 to Odder Routebilstation, and about 30 mins. later (stop: Oddervej/Moesgård Alle) we were in Moesgård.
Dozens of old-timer cars were parked left and right as we passed by. I have to admit we went there quite late, as we were all relatively lazy, so it was already quite busy. For a quieter time, i would highly recommend arriving early in the morning.
We weren’t all that sure how we would find the right place. Luckily, to get to the Viking Moot, all we had to do was follow the signs through the Moesgård Forest all the way to the beach. It’s a magical place. Walking around the narrow paths, running into a fairy party or a druid wouldn’t have surprised me in the least. There’s something about Danish forests, ancient trees, the whisper of the leaves caressed by the sea breeze. They’ve seen so much history.
As we walked we chatted merrily, until we reached our destination. 100s of people dressed in Viking costumes. Children and adults alike. Icelandic and Danish horses everywhere. The smell of the battle was in the air, well, the battle was about to start! We had made it in time for the first re-enactment of the day! Hurried to a higher point and got our cameras and eyes ready for what was about to happen. How incredible it is, I cannot describe with words so I’ll try to put a little video together for you guys. It was a day I will not easily forget.
After the warriors had buried the hatchet, we set on to explore the neighbouring Viking Moot in search for some Viking delicacies. Everything they sell at the market is artisanal and made the old ways. Whether it’s leather goods or food, you’ll see them making it in front of you!
Bellies full, we took a stroll around Moesgård beach (one of my all time favourite spots in Århus by the way) and made our way home.
The Moesgård Museum organizes yearly the Viking Moot, and it has quickly become one of the biggest events in the area, with about 600 Vikings (300 of them warriors for the battles) taking part. And keeps on growing every year. This Viking Moot is one of the many wonderful events taking place in Århus during the summer months, so be sure that you’ll find something to keep you entertained.
Useful Information about the Viking Moot
You can find the Viking Moot every year at the end of July in Moesgård Strand. To get there you can take the bus 100 (dir. Odder Routebilstation) from Banegårdspladsen Århus to Oddervej/Moesgård Alle.
A single ticket costs 20.- (Danish Crowns). Alternatively if you’ll be staying for a bit longer in the city there are two options that come out at a lower price, the Klippekort (10 trip card) that costs 140.- (which you can by from 7/11 across central station, and the monthly card (Periodekort) which is valid for 30 days and unlimited trips within the region for 375.-
The Viking Moot is open from 10 am to 5 pm with viking battle re-enactments at 12 and 3 pm! If you miss this year’s, make sure to pencil it into your calendar for next one!
Have you guys ever been to the Viking Moot in Moesgård or a similar one somewhere else? Did you enjoy it?