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The festival is an annual experience, with a live presentation of the history of the Viking Age. Vikings from home and abroad, markets, performances, concerts, battle shows, games and competitions – there is something for every taste and age.

The festival takes place at the Viking Ship Harbour, with period buildings such as boathouses, lots of Viking tents and beautiful natural surroundings. The first festival was held in 2004. We strive for high quality, authenticity and engaging content for the audience as well as for Vikings.


Email address: vikingfestival@lofotr.no

Lofotr Viking Festival 2024

  • Dates: August 8-11
  • Theme: crafts and traditions

Do you want to be a Viking?

Would you like to participate to the festival as a Viking? It can be workshops, activities, lectures, performances (concerts, theater, juggling), craft demonstrations or market stalls. We can offer a tent site, good atmosphere, lots of Vikings and a large audience. Contact us if you would like to contribute.

What do you get as a Viking participant

Contribute to creating a distinctive festival with unique experiences and atmosphere:

  1. Explore the museum area with the reconstructed smithy, Viking ships, and boathouse.
  2. Get the opportunity to participate in various historical competitions.
  3. Learn new facts about the Viking Age or old craft techniques.
  4. Enjoy music, singing, dancing and theatrical performances.
  5. Stay in the festival area’s scenic surroundings by the fjord.
  6. For vikings who have participated throughout the festival, we offer a Viking feast in the Chieftain’s House.
Registration as a Viking participant

Registration for Lofotr Viking Festival opens on 1 January 2024. There are a limited number of seats. The registration deadline is 30 June 2024.

To sign up, fill out this registration form:

Foto: Linn Olsen
Foto: Linn Olsen
Foto: Linn Olsen
Foto: Linn Olsen

Volunteering at the Viking Festival

As a volunteer you get the chance to participate in a fun and eventful festival – from “the inside”. To create the best possible festival, we wish dedicated people to join our team. Various tasks are waiting for you, such as making sure that the current program goes according to plan, getting participants started around the various activities, keeping the area tidy, and many other interesting tasks.

All the qualification we need is a good mood and that you are dedicated to the tasks you are assigned to. Do you know a Viking Age craft? Are you handy? Do you cook? Do you collect herbs? We’re interested to know a little bit about what you can do, and what you’ve done before!

What do you get as a volunteer

  1. An experience of a lifetime. Meet many new friends and get exciting insights into festival work and Viking life.
  2. You get free food, free single residency, and the chance to attend courses and lectures.
  3. For volunteers who have participated throughout the festival, we offer a Viking feast in the Viking chieftain’s house.


Registration as a volunteer

Registration for participation as a volunteer opens Jan. 1, 2024. There are a limited number of seats. The registration deadline is June 30, 2024.

To sign up, fill out this registration form:

Foto: Linn Olsen
Foto: Linn Olsen

Practical Info

Most Viking market stalls do not take cards or Vipps. Credit cards and Vipps can be used in Skjeltersjåen Café. The nearest ATM is Sparebank 68 Grader Nord in Bøstad, approx. 1.5 km from the museum. You can pay by card in the museum shop, café and at the ticket office of the museum.

Tickets and festival pass

Tickets are sold in the museum’s main entrance/Glassgården (card and cash), as well as at the entrance to the festival area (cash only). Choose between day tickets and festival passes. Tickets give entrance to both the museum and the festival. Check the prices of day ticket here.

Prices festival pass:

Adults / Seniors / Students / Children: NOK 450,-

Family (2 adults + 3 children): NOK 1100,-

Tickets can be purchased here

Free entrance with annual pass.


Parking can take place at the museum’s main car park by the E10. If you are disabled, you can get permission to drive down to the festival area. Please clarify this in advance with one of our employees. There are no parking facilities in the festival area, other than for specially referred vehicles.

On foot

It is about 1.4 km to walk from the main entrance to the museum itself and to the festival area at Borgpollen. Allow about 20 minutes each way.

Food & Drink

In Skjeltersjåen café (in the festival area) we serve / sell cold and hot drinks, today’s Viking dish, pancakes, ice cream and cakes as well as other simple dishes. In the museum café (Glassgården) there is regular refreshments throughout the day, hot and cold drinks, dinner, snacks and more. Allergy-friendly foods are sold in both places.


Viking Festival 2023

The Viking Festival runs from 2nd to 6th of August and we look forward to seeing you there.

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This year’s Viking Festival was the most visited ever. The participation and enthusiasm perceived by visitors, Viking participants and volunteers shows that the festival was a great success.

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