Every summer 600 “vikings” from Denmark and abroad gather for the annual Moesgård Viking Moot Festival, Scandinavia’s largest and probably oldest Viking market.
It all started with some viking-style crafts courses in the 1970’ies and year by year the craftsmen attracted attention and more and more people made a picnic out it and came from Århus to watch. Today it has developed to an event that has 25,000 visitors during the weekend. The date is always kept close to the Saint Olai Day at 29th of July known as the traditional marketday in the old Århus (Aros).
As Moesgård is less than 8 km. away from where I live it´s an obvious opportunity to go and see what’s up. A unique source of inspiration within reach: A colourful and festive market just like it was more than 1000 years ago where you can meet and watch craftsmen, traders, warriors and riders of Icelandic horses acting out the life of the Vikings.
To most of the visitors the crowning moment is when the warriors engage in fierce fighting and when the riders show off their horse-riding skills, what they do twice a day – Saturday and Sunday – at 12 and 3 pm.
To me the highlight is the opportunity to enjoy all the varying crafts, especially the design of clothes, jewellery and tools.