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“Worth a visit but horrible information” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lofotr Viking Museum

Lofotr Viking Museum
Prestegardsveien 59 | Borg in Lofoten, 8360 , Norway
76 15 40 00
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Vestvagoy
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: At Borg in Lofoten, you may experience the Viking Age in a living museum. Visit a full scale (83 meters long) reconstruction of the Viking Chieftain´s longhouse at Borg in Lofoten. The longhouse is reconstructed close to the original site. The architecture, the arts and crafts work, the handicraft demonstration, a richly decorated Gildehall (feasting hall) and the Norse mythology exhibition give you an insight into the Viking life. Archeological artifacts, films about the sensational finds on Borg, along with a 12 minutes long film can be explored in the exhibition halls nearby. At the seaside, the viking ship, the forge and the activity area is located. 15th of June - 15th of August we arrange extra activites such as rowing the viking ship, visiting the blacksmith, trying your hand at viking games. The activities are included in the entrance ticket. Every year in August, we arrange a 5 day viking festival. Market, theatre, concerts, handicraft demonstrations, fight shows and much more. The museum is open all year (winter 2 days pr week). For more information: lofotr.no
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Worth a visit but horrible information”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited the museum on a cold day i the beggining of august 2013.
The first museum buildings(not the longhouse) was interesting for us adult but the children was hurrying to get to the longhouse so we didn't spend so much time we wanted in the exibition hall.
The longhouse is a really amazing building where you can see and even try different craft with help from some friendly vikings. Our daughter had a great time knitting while our boy was more interesting to try all the weapons, shields and wood carving stuff.

Now to the bad:
At the ticked shop we asked if the boat trip did go out that day(it was a bit windy that day) and the personal said that the boat goes out every hour and we did also ask about the horse riding.
Both the horse riding and the viking ship is quite a walk down to a lake but when we finaly was down to the ship the viking at the ship said that the ship didnt had gone out on the whole day.
So after searching for the horse riding for 15 minutes we asked the viking at the archery range where the horse riding where and the archer searched for the person who should have the horse riding but didn't find the person, he said us to wait by the waffle stand where the chidlren had some good waffles but when he came back he found out that the horses where changing shoes so there where no riding that day.
He said he could try get our money back but that wasnt the problem for us, we where on a short holiday so we wanted to get so much done in the time we had. Ther archer also offered that we could come back the next day for free the next day to try the things that the museum promised that was included in the ticket but we already had plans the next day.

Now to some more good stuff:
The children(and both adults) had a great time at the archery range and spended maybe 1.5-2 hour to the museum closed trying to improve our skills. There are also axe throwing at the same place but the axes was a bit heavy for the children but great fun for the adults.
The archer offered us a guided tour in swedish(our native language) around the place as an a apology for the canceled attraction. The tour was really good and fun and after the tour he made up a fire and told some stories from the viking age to the children and after that he played some viking boardgame with a wierd name with us.


In all we had a really great day even that the false information. The staff was really good and friendly and made the experience really good. And now have one of the children starting to train archery.

Visited August 2013
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Lofotr V, Informasjonssjef at Lofotr Viking Museum, responded to this review, September 9, 2014
Dear guests. We are sorry to hear that you did not get a chance to row the Viking ship or go horse back riding. Thank you so much for letting us know that we had a day with obvious communication troubles at the museum. Good to hear that the staff offered alternatives and that you still enjoyed the museum. We hope to see you back another time!
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“Forget Disney, this is Authentic and Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We opted for this excursion as a part of a Hurtigruten Voyage and were so glad we did----the bus ride to get there was gorgeous and we especially loved seeing the miles of cod-drying racks on the hills, some still filled with fish. The original footprint/excavations of the Viking Chieftain's house is next to the recreated building. The new structure is fascinating and HUGE! When you enter you're seated at a few stadium-style simple plank tables along both outside walls, with the fireplace in the center. THen you're greeted by the "Chieftain" and his family and servants, who offer numerous 'toasts' to the Gods, health, etc. You learn about the lives of the Vikings while being served (in our case) lamb, sweet potatoes, carrots, white potatoes, an incredibly-delicious berry-sauce for the lamb, sour cream and a pita-like bread. All very good! The mead is actually rather sweet and we liked it much more than we expected to. Those who did not want mead were served ice water instead. The evening included singing of Viking songs and a group Viking dance lesson. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we briefly toured the rest of the building, which is set up and furnished as it would have been during Viking times. There were a couple of pigs outside with an adorable litter of babies and a Viking era garden. Although we were in and out in about 90 minutes, it was a fun evening and we'd highly recommend it!

Visited June 2014
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Lofotr V, Informasjonssjef at Lofotr Viking Museum, responded to this review, September 9, 2014
We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Viking feast! And, we can report that the wild boar/pigs litter of piglets are still doing great and growing fast. We hope you enjoyed sailing with Hurtigruten too. Welcome back!
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“Worth the stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Going to Loften you probably already know that outside of hiking and checking out the scenery, the options are limited. I have been here twice, and I believe it's a great place for norwegians as well as foreigners if you have some interest in old viking culture. We only went to the two main buildings (the actual museum and the recreated longhouse), we did not go on the boat ride as it was very cold and windy (although it was June). The longhouse in particular is very interesting, although it isn't the original one, and you can among other things try on viking outfits and helmets, and try out swords and shields. Definitely worth the visit!

Visited June 2014
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Lofotr V, Informasjonssjef at Lofotr Viking Museum, responded to this review, September 9, 2014
Thanks for your good review. We are happy to hear that you have been visiting us and had a good experience. Welcome back!
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“Excellent museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The museum is divided into two parts. One displays what the living side was like with, cooking utensils, bedroom, etc. The other half is the dining hall. They have viking dinners here in the summer.

Visited April 2014
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Lofotr V, Informasjonssjef at Lofotr Viking Museum, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Thanks for your good review! It is true, we do host Viking style dinners and lunches (viking feasts) almost every evening of the year. Even new year evening, we hold a banquet. We hope you enjoyed your visit - welcome back!
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Real feeling of what a Viking LongHouse might have been like. Niot a silly museum. The building is a replica and inside are many exhibits of real life for the Vikings.

Visited May 2013
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Lofotr V, Informasjonssjef at Lofotr Viking Museum, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
We are happy that you liked our museum and thrilled that you give us such a good review. Thanks for sharing your experience!!
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