The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silv

This is a 1000 year old Viking fortress, at Trelleborg near Slagelse on Zealand. In a scenic area located here remains of one of the Vikings' big ring castles, built around the year 980 AD

This is a 1000 year old Viking fortress, at Trelleborg near Slagelse on Zealand, Denmark. In a scenic area located here remains of one of the Vikings' big ring castles, built around the year 980 AD

Ale's Stones - Crystalinks, Sweden #monogramsvacation

Stenar Ales is a megalithic stone circle in southern Sweden. The monument is believed to be built in the sixth century on an earlier site, and is the oldest, most famous megalithic formation in Viking culture.

Vikingeboplasden, Viking Village in Denmark

At the Viking Village in Frederikssund, you can experience an authentic Viking village, and learn how the Vikings used to live.

Jomsborg - fortresses of Vikings (rather international) established by dutch Kings near today Wolin (Poland); ca 1000AD conquered by Prince/King Boleslav the Brave of Poland

Jomsborg - fortresses of Vikings (rather international) established by dutch Kings near today Wolin (Poland); ca conquered by Prince/King Boleslav the Brave of Poland

Norwegisches Wikingerlanghaus

The Vikings lived in long houses; warriors, women, children, slaves, and cattle all together. Mystery of History Volume Lesson 40

Borgund Stave Church. This church was built in 1180 and was one of the largest and most complicated examples of the stave church architecture.

This church was built in 1180 and was one of the largest and most complicated examples of the stave church architecture.

Great Buildings Drawing - Norwegian Stave Church

An architectural drawing of Norwegian Stave Church in the Great Buildings Online.

Terp (mound) Feddersen, 1st-5th century, near Cuxhaven, East Friesland (DE)

Ancient Germanic settlement in Feddersen-Wierde, Saxony by Franziska Lorenz and Jochen Stuhrmann

Aggersborg

In Scandinavia itself we find the remains of ringforts bults in the late

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