Visit important grave mounds and see Viking artefacts from around the world
Midgard Historical Centre in Borre lies next to Northern Europe’s largest assembly of monumental grave mounds from the Iron Age and Viking Age.
The centre opened in 2000 with the primary task of creating and spreading knowledge about the Viking Age in the Vestfold County.
The grave mounds in Borre constitute one of Norway’s most important national heritage sites, and it was a place of power and influence in Europe during the Viking Age. There were originally at least nine huge mounds in the area, as well as three cairns and at least 25 smaller cairns.
The Vikings were not only warriors, but skilful sailors and tradesmen. Their ships were built to withstand long journeys, and traces of Nordic settlements have been found as far away as Newfoundland in North America.
Many of the artefacts from Borre are of an eastern character and bear witness to a strong cultural influence from the countries around the Baltic Sea, Poland and Russia.
Finds from graves in Kaupang in the southern part of Vestfold show us that the Vikings were in close contact with today’s Central Europe, England, France, Ireland and the areas around the Mediterranean. Several coins found in Vestfold originate from Kufa in Iraq.
The Vikings were very fashion orientated; they didn’t just bring anything back home, but they shopped for luxury items abroad and equipped themselves with the latest weaponry.
The museum has permanent exhibitions showing Viking finds from Borre and daily life in Viking times. Special exhibitions, seminars and lectures are organised regularly.
Outside, an archaeological playground fires children’s imagination and they can play Viking games, shoot with a bow and arrow and take part in “archaeological digs”.
A selection of books and souvenirs are available for sale in addition to a friendly café with excellent views of the park.