The Capper Nomads Europe Adventure travel blog

 

In the longhouse

Tony making flat breads

 

The Long house

 

 

The fort

The farmstead

The river

inside the fort

 

Viborg cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our first stop today was Fyrkat near Hobro. Firstly we visited the recreated Viking-style farmstead which archaeologist believed surrounded the Viking fort Fyrkat. This complex took ten years to construct using only materials and tools authentic to the period. This recreation outlines the purpose of each building and the way of life of the Vikings.

A 1km walk along the river we came to 1,000 year old remains of the Fyrkat fortress believed to have been built by the Viking King Harald Bluetooth around 980AD. . Archaeologists have discovered that Fyrkat was a military stronghold used to monitor traffic movement throughout Jutland. They believe over 800 people lived within the fort.

We walked the circular ramparts of the fort and looked down on inner courtyard which had been divided into four quadrants, each with a central courtyard surrounded by four buildings. Today these buildings are indicated by stone blocks.

After lunch we headed to Viborg. At one time the town had 25 churches. Today only two remain. The town was busy as there was a festival of people who walk the old military road between Viborg and the Danish/German border as well as end of term activities by local children. The Viborg cathedral was impressive inside with frescos depicting stories from the Bible.

After a walk around the town and down to the lake we headed back to base.



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