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As a guest, as a visiting Viking in The Viking Reserve of Foteviken, you are always cordially welcome. However it is indeed very important that you know and follow the rules at Foteviken. You will find here, it is The Book of Rules and The Guarantee of Quality. Here are the necessary rules for making your visit at Foteviken as pleasant as possible together with other Vikings from all over the world.
Listen to the word of wisdom from the Juror:
"The guests, who do not follow the rules of Foteviken, will be sentenced to disgrace and expulsion from Foteviken, on The Thing."
All use of drugs at Foteviken is absolutely forbidden. Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the Viking houses and outside as well. Smoking is only allowed in special areas. Alcohol is allowed, if used in a respectable way. Please respect that the staffs at The Museum of Foteviken are not allowed drinking alcohol during working-hours. It is always nice to be bought a drink, but it must of course be after working-hours. Drinks are of course always served from horns or beakers and not from cans or bottles. The area is open for the public during the entire year and we do not want The Vikings to get a bad reputation.
There were children in The Viking Age as well. We are of course happy if you bring along the future generation of Vikings to The Viking Reserve. Please remember that modern prams cannot be used in The Viking Reserve.
The cars and the trailers are to be parked at the parking space of the museum alone. Cars are only allowed in The Viking Reserve for loading and unloading and only on the roads. Loading and unloading must only be carried out between 6am-10am and 4pm-10pm. No cars are allowed in The Viking Reserve when the ground is damp, because it might cause damage to the roads. Other time schedules may apply during special events and arrangements.
All Viking groups wishing to visit The Viking Reserve must make a reservation in advance at The Museum of Foteviken. On arrival at Foteviken, you will have to register at the reception. All members belonging to the group have to register and fill in their names and addresses. If you have an e-mail address, please let us know. You will then receive information automatically via e-mail from the information address lists of Foteviken.
As a visiting Viking, you can stay at Foteviken in different ways:
All the registered Vikings and Viking groups have access to The Viking Reserve, free of charge, in order to have the opportunity to stay and live in The Viking Reserve. It is however mandatory for all visiting Vikings to have an insurance, when staying at Foteviken. This insurance costs 30 SEK. If you are a member of The SVEG, the insurance is included in the annual members fee. For further information, please look at The SVEG site. You can bring your own Viking tent. It is sometimes possible under special circumstances to dwell in one of the Viking houses in The Viking Reserve.
Dwelling in the Viking houses A visiting Viking staying in one of the Viking houses is personally responsible for the house. When checking out from the Viking house, the Viking responsible will inform the staff in the museum shop. The staff will check that the Viking house is all right and in proper order. For your own safety, you are not allowed to look the doors from the inside. You must keep the house tidy and clean daily. Please clean the floor daily. It is of course strictly forbidden to smoke inside the Viking houses. The candles and the fires must not be left out of site burning. Please put out the lights and fires, when leaving the houses.
Everybody living and working in The Viking Reserve must control that the water barrels are filled and kept in the vicinity of the camping. Everybody must also know where the fire-fighting equipment and fire extinguishers are kept. A fire extinguisher must be kept in every Viking house during the night. All doors are to be unlocked during the night.
The animals are a natural part of The Viking reserve. Nobody is allowed to go into the enclosed pasture without a special permission from the museum staff. It is not allowed to let the animals out either. No animals are to be hurt. Please treat them with tender care and respect. It is not allowed to feed the animals. The museum staffs do this. It is however allowed to feed the poultry. Please leave the poultry brooding eggs alone. Please do not take any of the eggs they are not eatable.
No fires, hearths, candles or lights are to be left burning. If you light a fire in one of the smoke ovens or otherwise, a fireguard must be appointed during night and day. No hearths are to be made without approval of the museum staff. Always consider the wind, before lightning a fire. The Viking houses and the Viking tents can easily catch a fire and burn down.
There is a kitchen and a dining room in the red brick-stone house. There are an oven, microwave ovens and fridges at your disposal. These can be used free of charge by visiting Vikings. Please remember to keep the kitchen clean and tidy.
Visiting Vikings receiving guests will congregate with them in the reception. Please let the receptionist know when you are expecting visitors.
You can always reach them at emergency phone number 112 at any time.
There is more than one religion represented in The Viking Reserve. During the early 12th century Christianity had reached Scandinavia, but many people were still heathens. Inside the defence earthworks of The Viking Reserve Christianity rules and outside there is a pagan sacrificial grove for the Norse gods. Visiting Vikings must respect all religions. Everybody is allowed to make a sacrifice in the sacrificial grove. Blood offerings are strictly forbidden. No sacrifices are allowed to be touched. The cross and the area around the cross are sacred. This is the place of the future church and it must be respected. These places are part of the museum and if somebody causes deliberate damage to it, this person will sentenced to exile on The Thing and also be filled charges against. Everybody must respect the different religions at Foteviken.
The ships and boats at the shore must not be used without the permission of the museum staff. If you want to use one of the boats, you must receive permission from the staff at the museum shop.
As a visiting Viking in The Viking Reserve it is your responsibility to see to that the area you are staying at is tidy and presentable before 10am, when The Viking Reserve opens to the public. It is also mandatory to keep the showers, the lavatories and the kitchen nice, clean and tidy.
During the day, there must not be any modern objects visible in the Viking houses. All modern objects must be kept out of sight, in the lockers in the houses. The Viking tents are to be kept closed during the day if there are any modern objects visible. When you are leaving, you must clean up everything you have used. If you have been staying in The Youth Hostel, you must clean your room, the kitchen, empty the fridge and return the key at the reception. There is cleaning equipment available in The Youth Hostel.
This is a non-profit organization, supporting The Museum of Foteviken. In the annual members fee insurance is included. This means that the SVEG members have the right to stay and live in The Viking Reserve free of charge.
The SVEG also has a clubhouse at Foteviken, where the members can sleep during the night, if there is a vacancy. Your equipment is to be kept at your bed. Please do not use too much space. Usually there are many members staying in the clubhouse and there will be quite limited space. The house must be cleaned every day, especially the floor and the kitchen. N.B. No smoking in the clubhouse.
All garbage is to be put in the container. Lavatories and showers are available in the red brick-stone house. Please do not forget to clean the toilet and the showers after using them. When departing from the clubhouse, you must clean the house, the floor, and the kitchen and empty the fridge. Please keep the clubhouse in good condition. On departure you must return the key to the reception. There is cleaning equipment available in the clubhouse. Hot water is available in the red brick-stone house.
Visiting Vikings have access to The Viking Reserve free of charge. You are also allowed to use the administration department and the handicraft building, but only in the company of a representative of the museum staff. The area situated about 1 km to the north of The Viking Reserve, the north of Hammarsnaes, is a nature reserve and it is not open during breeding season.
It is strictly forbidden in The Viking Reserve to use the nature as a toilet. Please use the lavatory in the red brick-stone house and keep it clean and tidy. Any Viking, who does not keep the public lavatories clean and presentable, will be expelled for life, from The Viking Reserve. There are also showers available for visiting Vikings, in the red brick-stone house. Please keep the showers and the shower room clean and tidy. N.B. The lavatories at the museum shop are for visiting tourists only and not for visiting Vikings.
The firewood should be chopped and collected at an assigned area. There are axes available in the Viking houses. Please see to that there is new firewood for the next Viking group arriving, when you are leaving your site in The Viking Reserve.
A visiting Viking is a person belonging to a seriously working Viking re-enactment group or if you as an individual fulfils the following criteria:
The Viking Reserve of Foteviken is open for visiting Vikings during the entire year.