and greatest Market
though the yearly Viking Moot at Moesgaard is much more than just a
war most people associate it with the spectacular fights and
impressing warrior equipment
Warriors from whole
Europe come to Moesgaard in this weekend and more than 20.000 people
from the city of Aarhus
come to watch their fights.
Moot is Denmark's - maybe even the Worlds - oldest Viking market. It
started as small courses in Viking handwork in the 1970'ies. Year
by year the smiths and hand workers attracted attention and more and
more people made a picnic out it and came from Aarhus to watch them. The
first real public market took place in 1977. So the market will
celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017 - in the year of Aarhus
being European Capital of Culture.
battlefield is filled up with hundreds of bodies but the public is
calm. They know that the warriors will soon stand up again and
participate in another battle later the same day
By time it has
grown to be one of the biggest events of Aarhus and an important place
to meet for Vikings around the World. The Viking Moot at Moesgaard
Beach inspired others to establish markets many other places in Denmark
and in other countries. 600 vikings - among them 300 Viking warriors -
visit Moesgaard every year
and many more have been hoping for an invitation to participate.
Even though the official
organizer is Moesgaard Museum the Viking Moot is not one of the most authentic
Viking Events. It suffers a little under the fact that it was a
event before Viking markets became a real concept. For years you could
easely find plastic tents, bananas and other unoriginal equipment
but every year the museum looks more strictly to the rules to make the
market a more authentic experience and today things are rare.
Apart from the two daily
battles there are many Icelandic horses performing. At the marketplace hand workers
and traders sell clothing, silver jewels and different kinds of food.
Among others there is a tent that sell grilled lamb and a "baking
shop" selling ancient pita bread.
practical long house tent is used to serve drinks at the
market. About 50 people can sit there.
The date for Moesgaard
Viking Moot is always kept close to the Saint Olai Day at 29th of July
when there was a tradition of having markets in the old Aarhus (Aros).
In 2016 the market
is held 30 and 31 of July. For public the market is open from 10 to 17
o'clock. The horse show and daily battles are held at 12 and 15 o'clock.
The price for entrance is
Danish Kroner for adults. Children under 18 years of age have
The Viking Moot is
held at Moesgaard Beach a few kilometres south of Aarhus. The Home
Guard shows parking places. City buss number 19 are going from the centre
of Aarhus direct to the Beach. There is a few hundred meters to walk.
It is also possible to walk from Moesgaard Museum. The distance is around
The week before the
market Vikings are living at the place and training for the fights
in the woods of Moesgaard.
young rider with her Icelandic horse at the side of the
battlefield. Thousands are waiting for the war to start