A day in the life of a Viking

Last month, I accompanied Anklebiter 1 on her class outing to Gunnes Gård, a reconstruction of a Viking farm.

We travelled a thousand years back in time by donning the clothes Vikings wore back then

And following an age-old path through the woods.

Suddenly, the air was split with the sound of a horn and a woman appeared before the old Viking gods blowing a horn.

It was a magnificent moment.

After leaving some small offerings to the gods and learning more about them, we were all given new Viking names for the day.

Living the life they lived a thousand years ago meant no electricity or phones, a lot of hard work around the farm and gardens,

Making bread over an open fire

And eating the most delicious lunch in a dim smoky old farmhouse.

When it was time to go home, the entire class groaned in disappointment.

Sometimes living life in another person’s shoes and shedding your own can be most enjoyable.

And there’s nothing like living history to really understand it.

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81 responses

  1. This is my idea of fun, experiencing history like this. I loved going on field trips with my kids. So cool you got to go and thank you for sharing it – I’ve learned much more about Vikings through your posts than I ever knew before!

    June 20, 2011 at 16:22

  2. How wonderful to have been able to take part! That sort of experience really brings history to life. Super photographs. Thanks.

    June 20, 2011 at 16:25

  3. Who knew that time travel was so easy?! ;) Sounds like a great day.

    June 20, 2011 at 16:33

  4. Now THIS is the best way to learn:)

    June 20, 2011 at 16:36

  5. That looks so Finnish!
    In Seurasaari, Helsinki we have a outside museum full of old wooden houses, tools etc.
    15 mins walk from our home :)

    June 20, 2011 at 16:38

    • This outdoor museum is in Sweden. I expect the Vikings built similar houses in both countries.

      June 20, 2011 at 16:46

  6. ooo…what a cool experience…neat to get into the period and get a little perspective…nice pics too…

    June 20, 2011 at 16:53

  7. It must a great experience to know how their living…
    Awesome shots : )

    June 20, 2011 at 16:58

  8. I always enjoy these places. It is good for young people to learn they can survive with out all of the gadgets they take for granted. There is satisfaction to be had in doing for oneself and doing with less.

    June 20, 2011 at 16:58

  9. Oh, beautiful words and images. I have been to a Medieval Fair once in a nearby city and enjoyed every minute of stepping into the past. Near a museum here often Viking Fairs are held as well, perhaps I will visit one this year.;))
    xoxo

    June 20, 2011 at 17:02

  10. that must have been terrific!!

    June 20, 2011 at 17:07

  11. What a fantastic class outing!

    June 20, 2011 at 17:20

  12. That is super cool! Our church youth groups do Pioneer treks every year, and this reminds me of this.

    June 20, 2011 at 17:23

  13. How fascinating! It’s been a while since I checked blogs, and it looks like I’ve been missing a lot of good reading!! Hope all is well.

    June 20, 2011 at 17:28

  14. The Vikings are a most interesting people. In Great Britain there are many remnants of the viking period. Words like mail and many others are Scandinavian. They were very skillful shipbuilders and carpenters. The women were great weavers of woolen clothes, but also the sails of the ships were made of wool. Fascinating!
    Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.

    June 20, 2011 at 17:30

  15. Blu

    A fabulous experience that the children will remember for a long time

    June 20, 2011 at 17:42

  16. What a wonderful experience!! Your daughter’s expression says it all- she’s too cute!! If I would have been there,I would have groaned the loudest when told it was over…
    Thanks for the trip in time!!

    June 20, 2011 at 17:46

  17. What a wnderful experience!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    June 20, 2011 at 18:00

  18. What a incredible chance to live another life…I can see why they were disappointed to leave.

    Did you get a recipe for the bread?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    June 20, 2011 at 18:20

  19. An event I would have enjoyed experiencing too. Did everyone get a chance to bake bread?

    June 20, 2011 at 18:40

  20. A fascinating day, I’m sure, and one which will make a lot more sense of classroom lessons.

    June 20, 2011 at 18:57

  21. Looks like you went right through a time machine. Wonderful shots of your adventure. Although lifestyles change nature remains constant.

    June 20, 2011 at 19:18

  22. A powerful experience for all those involved. Here we also travel back in time but only about 100 years back and we go have a normal school day the way children had them in the beginning of the 1900’s. My children always love it.

    June 20, 2011 at 19:40

  23. what a lovely experience ti is to “live in someone’s shoes” for a day. I’m always curious about the pioneer life.

    June 20, 2011 at 19:41

  24. very interesting series, nice photos

    June 20, 2011 at 20:17

  25. It looks like such fun!

    June 20, 2011 at 20:44

  26. Hehe, what a nice ting to do! Great shots from the day too:-)
    Happy week to you!

    June 20, 2011 at 20:50

  27. Fantastic shots. It truly looks wonderful journey.

    June 20, 2011 at 21:10

  28. Informative post. Learning by doing is usually the best way to learn.

    June 20, 2011 at 21:14

  29. What a fantastic way to learn and experience history!! As a former teacher, I am so impressed and wish more children had the opportunity to experience history rather than just reading about it! And your photos are superb!! Next best thing to being there myself! Hope you and your family have a great week!

    Sylvia

    June 20, 2011 at 21:18

  30. What a fascinating place to visit. Great shots!

    June 20, 2011 at 21:19

  31. How fortunate that you got to see all of this too!

    June 20, 2011 at 21:37

  32. Så fina bilder av en trevlig dag! Bra att man bevarar historian på detta sätt :)

    June 20, 2011 at 22:01

  33. Interesting and lovely pictures!

    June 20, 2011 at 22:09

  34. Fantastic photo journey!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 22:21

  35. Amy

    Looks like a neat place Fi!! It is great for kids to experience life back in the “olden” days :-)) We did that too as a kid, although it was visiting settlements from the first 13 colonies in the states :-))) So I have to admit, I thought only Norwegians were Vikings…..am I to understand Vikings were in essence- all Scandinavians??? The Swedish Vikings look much tamer then the Norwegian ones!!!! You should have posted photos of lunch, you said it was most delightful and my curiosity is peeked…..you know me and food ;-)))

    June 20, 2011 at 22:39

    • It was too dark and smoky inside the farmhouse to take any good photos of the pea soup.

      June 21, 2011 at 06:12

  36. Loved the pictures, loved the truth of your words. Was a tad jealous – history lessons didn’t have any of that charm when I did it.

    June 20, 2011 at 23:03

  37. Riet

    May I sayn I am glad we live here now. Beautiful photo’s and wonderfully explaned.

    June 20, 2011 at 23:34

  38. A wonderful experience, no doubt!
    Awesome pictures!
    Thanks, so enjoyed this post!

    Margie :)

    June 20, 2011 at 23:44

  39. Magic. This would be great! xx

    June 21, 2011 at 00:59

  40. That is a great field trip! They have a similar thing here closeby but I don’t know if the kids get to spend the whole day like that and I am pretty sure they don’t wear the costumes. I am also sure they would have a hard time giving up their cell phones :( Love it!!!

    June 21, 2011 at 01:32

  41. Al

    That looks awesome – I’d love to spend a day there.

    June 21, 2011 at 02:09

  42. That is the way to learn history … by getting to live it for a brief period of time!

    June 21, 2011 at 02:41

  43. We have historical museums here – this one looks like great fun for the kids!

    June 21, 2011 at 02:45

  44. What a wonderful experience. I can understand why the children weren’t in a hurry to leave.
    I know bread can be baked over an open fire. I know it intellectually, but I can’t imagine myself doing it.
    Wonderful photos, as always, Fi.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    June 21, 2011 at 02:46

  45. some of my students are doing Vikings,

    This will be fantastic photos for them.

    June 21, 2011 at 03:22

  46. Wow, you learn it better if you live it. What fun.

    June 21, 2011 at 04:12

  47. Oh, my goodness! What an awesome experience!! That is cool.

    June 21, 2011 at 04:53

  48. I agree–living history makes an impact on old and young. Thanks for sharing the photos and experience Lady-Fi.

    June 21, 2011 at 05:51

  49. This is a great experience, getting yourself transported in time.
    Great captures of the event. I too would have groaned in disappointment had I been there.

    June 21, 2011 at 06:25

  50. awesome shots.

    June 21, 2011 at 06:30

  51. It must have been the most thrilling day to spend being dressed like the Vikings
    and being given’Vikings’s names!! Great experience for the children.
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful story and amazing photos. Have a nice day!

    June 21, 2011 at 06:48

  52. Beautiful pictures, I love those pretty colors. These experiences are the best for the children’s learning.

    June 21, 2011 at 07:56

  53. Children can get hooked in historical and cultural things if only givenn opportunity. Hands-on experience is fun thing …. dressed in Viking’s cloth and given Viking’s name. Thank you for this interesting and informative post.

    June 21, 2011 at 08:04

  54. Hi there – great set of pictures – we need to get kids out of the classroom and doing things like this more often.
    What amazes me about finding out about the past in this way is when we look at the kind of art that people produced – where did the time dome from for that? You can only go art if you don’t have to find food, fuel or shelter. Somebody must have been working doubly hard for each brooch and sword hilt we marvel at.
    Really good post.
    Cheers Stewart M – Australia

    June 21, 2011 at 11:24

  55. I’m really glad the technology ban didn’t include cameras, anyway ;-) Marvelous pics!

    June 21, 2011 at 11:37

  56. a great adventure. :) and a nice place. We have something similar too. :)

    June 21, 2011 at 11:59

  57. The best history lesson ever!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:50

  58. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    June 21, 2011 at 13:13

  59. that’s really fun and awesome experience for everybody! you’re right, sometimes it’s good to live a bit of somebody’s life. My world entry is up too.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:11

  60. Thanks for sharing this lovely post. Wonderful photos and interesting.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:23

  61. what an experience !! and thanks for the history lesson.

    breathtakingly beautiful shots! it”s really hard to pick a favourite.

    have a great day!
    betty

    p.s. loving your photography…proudly i added your awesome blog to my blog roll.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:41

  62. Hallo

    Rajesh Fantastic shots.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:42

  63. Ärenvi, what a lovely old Viking name. I started out as a “mellanstadielärare”, so it all looks kind of familiar to me. ;-) I bet you had a wonderful day out as well.

    June 21, 2011 at 17:11

  64. What a lovely day out! I’d like to bet they won’t forget what they learned on that day. Being from Yorkshire I probably have some Viking blood in me, and in fact my surname is from Viking times. It means ‘farmstead where rosehips grow’! Your photos are beautiful. I understand the Danish words are still quite similar.

    June 21, 2011 at 18:30

  65. JM

    Super! What a very interesting post!

    June 21, 2011 at 20:22

  66. That looks like such a fun and interesting outing. :)

    June 21, 2011 at 22:00

  67. What an amazing experience. We have many pioneer villages, and the like, but this is unique. Well done. P.S> Thanks for visiting.

    June 21, 2011 at 22:22

  68. Lady Fi, that must have been thrilling to actually live like they did. Thanks for that wonderful tour of the day.

    June 21, 2011 at 22:46

  69. Clive - Autism Assistance Dog

    What a brillant experience – that was a wonderful school trip!

    June 21, 2011 at 23:48

  70. a fascinating post Lady Fi…thanks for taking us with you on this adventure!

    June 22, 2011 at 03:38

  71. Wonderful phtoos, Lady Fi. That third one is a true beauty.

    June 22, 2011 at 04:02

  72. What a magnificent blog Fi! I enjoyed it very much! – Dave

    June 22, 2011 at 12:21

  73. SandySays1

    What an importat experience for these young folk. As our socirty becomes more and more dependent on technology our youth loses touch with the reality our forefathers lived. Great post!
    Sandy

    June 22, 2011 at 12:49

  74. You have inspired me!
    We have something VERY similar here in DK and we have decided to research doing it as an International Group!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 18:45

  75. LadyFi: Very cool post, I shared it with my grandson.

    June 23, 2011 at 23:07

  76. Indeed, I love going back in time whenever I visit historic places. We can do a little of that here in Charleston which is kinda old for the US. I enjoyed your images and your story here. The third picture is my favorite :^)

    June 24, 2011 at 03:31

  77. What a cool thing to do. Okay. That’s on my list when I visit. ;)

    June 26, 2011 at 03:20

  78. hee hee…
    A pox on the Viking that invented lutefisk!
    ;-D

    June 27, 2011 at 06:10

  79. What a wonderful way to spend the day..we need to promote more of this type of exposure in our school systems..children learn by doing and seeing and participating! It looks like such a fun day..I would have loved it! :)

    June 27, 2011 at 22:36

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