The vikings were an opportunistic people and a journey would probably  combine trading, visits with friends where exchanging of gifts would take place, and maybe even raiding. As trading articles, the chieftain would bring luxurios furs from reindeer, seals, bear, foxes and other game. Antlers and bones were attractive articles too, along with eider down. 

Stockfish, dried cod, was brought as both traveling food and trading article. The chieftain surely would have a group of people fishing and hunting for the household. He would also be connected with the sami people, who provided the chieftain with valuable goods from their game hunt. Upon returning to his home after the journey, his ship was loaded with honey, wheat, weapons, jewellery and prestigious artifacts of glass and fine metals. 

The glass and ceramics found on Borg shows connections both to England and southern Europe, maybe particularly the Rhin-are in Germany and the Frankish empire. Here, glass and ceramics were produced through the whole of the Norwegian iron age. A beautiful metal piece found in the animal stable, probably part of a horses harness, is similar to finds in the burial mounds in Valsgärde, Sweden. Many different glass beads have been excavated at Borg, some of them having travelled from southern Europe and Turkie, others from England and southern Scandinavia. 

The finds show clearly that Borg was well connected to the rest of the world during the viking era. 


De flotte importvarene viser at Borg i vikingtid var en del av den store verden.