Year of the Vikings

Year of the Vikings

Who were the Vikings?

The name Viking did not imply one’s ethnicity, but rather their profession – any freeman could become a Viking, be it their wish or out of necessity, and subsequently climb the social ladder or gather a fortune.

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Viking experiences on Saaremaa

Fearless voyages, the spirit of battle, medieval handicraft techniques, special food and much more creates the essence of Viking era. Come and discover those things on Saaremaa.

 

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Battle of Salme

The Battle of Salme began with an attack from bowmen. The rain of arrows hit the ships and the men causing the first casualties. Fierce close combat ensued with swords clashing and piercing.

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Exhibition "Vikings before Vikings"

The findings from the ships in Salme have returned to Saaremaa and will be put on display on 21 May 2021 at the exhibition ‘Vikings before Vikings’ in Saaremaa Museum.

 

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Year of Vikings events

Exciting events will take place on Saaremaa during the year of the Vikings – a grand exhibition about Salme ships at Kuressaare castle, international Viking market in Salme and many more events.

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Year of Vikings 2021

The islanders have re-written the world’s Viking history. This year the Vikings are more important on the island than ever, as we have dedicated the whole year to them.

 

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Vikings before Vikings

Who were the Vikings?

Year of Vikings programme

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