The Annual Viking Play
If you are in Frederikssund at the beginning of July, you can experience the viking culture at the annual Viking Play, performed on an open-air stage near the settlement. The Viking Play is a breathtaking spectacle for audiences of all ages.
The Viking Settlement pit houses
The Viking Settlement is an outdoor 'museum' with free admission. The Viking Settlement includes five pit houses i.e. small completely buried houses that served as workshops and in some vases also as temporary housing. Common to all pit houses is the low floor level (pit) and that the roof is supported by two strong pillars that have been placed opposite one another at the edge of the pit. When archaeologists find traces of pit houses today, it is usually only the underground cavern, and traces of the two powerful roof-bearing beams that are left. In fortunate cases, we also find traces showing how the walls have been designed.
For example planks or wattle with clay lining. The upper part of the building, on the other hand, we know nothing about, and it is here, that architects specialising in the reconstruction of ancient buildings come into the picutre. Architect, Holger Schmidt served as a consultant for the reconstruction drawings of the Viking settlement houses. What we have tried to show with the five pit houses, are the variations found in the houses' layout, which can be round, oval or square. Practical experiments will tell whether any of the reconstructed houses prove to be inappropriate design features and the experience we are making at this point will be valuable when the next generation of pit houses will be built.