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The Viking Market 2018

Welcome to Foteviken Viking Market 2018!

We will continue with the expanded market activities this year to including a Viking Games Open.

Come and be a part of the great summer market at Foteviken which according to the Faroese saga was the largest in Scandinavia during the Viking Age. Our modern-day Viking Market also attracts many Vikings and lots of visitors. You are all cordially invited to this year's market!

► Register your participation here!

The deadline for registering is 10th of June.

After the 10th of June we do not accept any more registrations. If you have not had time to register you can still come here as a visiting Viking, but with no possibility of selling, feast participation or having a tent on site.
It means that you must register before this date to secure a space for your tent, if you want to sell, and so on. You are still welcome as a visitor however!

Crafts Days, June 25 to 28.

During craft days, you can be part of many exciting things. Smithing, brick ribbon weaving, Cloth coloring, Viking cooking, wood carving etc. are some of the crafts that will be demonstrated in the town.

Foteviken Viking Market, June 29 to July 1

Foteviken Viking Market starts traditionally with a "pre-market" on Thursday 30 June. The market is held on Friday until Sunday.

The Battle of Foteviken

Battle of Foteviken is an element with a long history. There are few places for vikingareenactors where they can meet. One is obviously Hastings in 1066 where every five years, a major reenactment is held. Another actually stood at the marketplace of Foteviken 4 June 1134. This historic fact, we want to work on together with the local Viking warrior groups who wanted to push the warrior hit the Foteviken. The basic idea is that during the Saturday / Sunday to have performances as before, but to make arrangements so that they correspond to the historical battle in which the scanian King Erik Emune fought his uncle, King Niels and his son Prince Magnus and where Magnus is killed with his entire retinue.

Viking Games Open

Foteviken Museum started with Viking Games Open in 2015 in connection with the 20th anniversary and we will continue this tradition, to have an exciting competition. The Viking Games Open is an individual competition open to both Vikings and visitors! Entrants will get set up in five different events that put precision, balance and strength to the test! On Saturday we start with the first three segments and continues with the final two competition rounds on Sunday. The competition concludes with an awards ceremony with a big prize for the winner!

May the best man, woman or Viking win!

Saturday competitions:

13:00 Throw with big fish
13:30 Pole throwing (Caber Toss)
15:00 Archery

Sunday competitions:

11:00 Axe throwing
12:30 The horse

Sunday ceremony:

15:30 at the steps leading up to the tower!

Foteviken Viking Market Program 2018

Pre-market

Thursday, June 28

10:00 The market opens for the audience.

16:00 The entrence and shop closes.

17:00 Viking market closes for the audience.

Viking market

Friday, June 29

10:00 The market opens for the audience. The market will be opened officially by King Bjorn and his men at the north tower.

13:00 Tug of war. Vikings challenge visitors. Location: On the beach.

14:00 Pole throwing. Vikings challenge visitors Location: By the guard tower.

16:00 The entrence and shop closes.

17:00 Viking market closes for the audience.

Saturday, June 30

10:00 The market opens for the audience.

12:10 The traditional water contest "Viking rush" open to both the Vikings and visitors. Location: On the beach.

13:00 Viking Games Open - "Throw the big fish." Location: On the beach.

13:30 Tug of war. Vikings challenge visitors. Location: On the beach.

13:30 Viking Games Open - Pole throwing. Location: By the guard tower.

14:00 Viking Fight. In the field, north of the city wall. With the "battle of Foteviken 1134" when cavalry was first used in the Nordic countries.

15:00 Viking Games Open - Archery contest. Location: Archery course at Hola stones to the north.

16:00 Viking Fight. In the field, north of the city wall. With the "battle of Foteviken 1134" when cavalry was first used in the Nordic countries.

18:00 The entrence and shop closes.

19:00 Viking market closes for the audience.

Sunday, July 1

10:00 The market opens for the audience.

11:00 Viking Games Open - Axe throwing. Location: Archery course at Hola rocks in the north.

12:00 Tug of war. Vikings challenge visitors. Location: On the beach.

12:30 Viking Games Open - "The Horse". Location: By the guard tower.

13:00 Viking Fight. In the field, north of the city wall. With the "battle of Foteviken 1134" when cavalry was first used in the Nordic countries.

15:00 Viking Fight. In the field, north of the city wall. With the "battle of Foteviken 1134" when cavalry was first used in the Nordic countries.

15:30 Viking Games Open - Winner is appointed, then there will be prizes. Location: On the battlefield north of the city wall.

16:00 The entrence and shop closes.

17:00 Viking market closes for the audience.

NOTE! Changes in the programme may occur.

Information for visiting Vikings

Arrival, parking and sleeping

We will as usual not have public parking on the museum parking lot during the market. You may only park on the museum parking lot if you live in a caravan or mobile home, are registered and have received a permit. You will receive a permit to sleep here from the market registration office when you register your arrival, which must be placed in the windscreen of your vehicle.

Everyone else must park at the the designated Viking parking lots near the riding school (not on the private parking of the riding school). Signs will be placed to show the way, and a map will be available at the market registration office. You will receive parking tickets at the market office when you register your arrival.

If you stay in a modern tent you may camp in the pasture to the south of the museum parking lot.

About the marketplace

An increasing number of local Vikings have their own lots inside the town wall. This means there is less room for tents for visiting vikings inside the town wall. As many of you already know there is plenty of room for Viking tents outside the wall.

There is a map showing where tents will be placed. On arrival contact Lukasz Szcepánski (phone +46 40 330 807) to be assigned a place to put your tent. Remember that cars may not be parked within the museum area during the night, please move your car to the designated parking lot. Cars may only enter the museum area between 08:00  to 10:00 in the morning and 17:00 to 22:00 in the evening to deliver tents and equipment. Please do not put up your tent before having been assigned a place, or you may be forced to move it.

N.B. Vikings not busy with other activities are expected to partake in the market programme activities.

The market office

The registration office is located in the far end of the main museum building (follow the signs). Here all preregistered Vikings must register their arrival to receive feast, food and breakfast tickets and parking permits. 

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