Over the summer holidays, I took the trio over into Skåne county for a camping adventure. While we were there we visited a fantastic outdoor viking museum, called Fotevikens Museum. The viking museum is an open air museum, which is depicting how life could have been in a viking village. It is so good for the children and their imagination because apart from usual exhibits, they have reconstructed a whole viking town, showing various different buildings. As is common here in Sweden, a great importance is placed on being able to interact with the museum and exhibits, therefore climbing up stairs, exploring inside the buildings, and picking up exhibits to examine, is encouraged. A perfect way for children to learn and remember their experience.
We arrived for when it opened, although as we have found over the past year of living here, nothing really seems to get too busy! However, I wanted the children to be able to bimble around at their own pace, and not feel rushed. I paid 110 sek for me (just over £10), and 40 sek (around £3.60) for the little lady, and my 5 year old twins were free. I get quite excited about reasonable entrance fees to places, as to take a family of 5 anywhere usually costs a small fortune! The children excitedly headed into the viking museum village under the town wall and through the gates, the village’s protection.
We saw and explored a lot of differing types of buildings. There was a blacksmith’s, a poultry house, tanner’s home, the guard tower (which we climbed to the top of several times to enjoy a stunning view), fishery cottage, a smokehouse, lawman’s home, town hall, weaver’s house, and a baker’s home and bakery. Not only could we explore these buildings in the viking museum, but there were people dressed authentically, working away in their respective trades. So, for example, at the bakery they were baking various goods and you could taste them too. If people didn’t have a trade, they were going about their village life…chopping fire wood, making clothes, or maintaining homes. There was even a “punishment area” complete with stocks, and a post with neck weight and chain.
The trio had such an amazing time, full of questions, and letting their imaginations run riot! I would really recommend this viking museum as a place to visit if you are ever over this way in the world 🙂 Even after living here for nearly a year, I am still amazed by the Swedish attitude that children should be allowed to touch, feel, and climb over everything. Of course this is by far the best way for them to get the most out of an experience and create memories, but it is such a refreshing change of attitude to be able to live with on a daily basis!