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Frequently Asked Questions

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The museum has spacious grounds with pleasant pathways which are easily accessible in summer. The weather in Lofoten is very changeable, so dress sensibly if you like being outdoors.

Free Wi-Fi?
Yes, but only in the reception area.

We accept most major credit cards and cash payment in NOK and Euro. There is a cash machine at the museum. 

Baby and infant?
A toilet with a baby changing station is available in the Glasshouse (reception area). It may be a good idea to bring a pushchair/pram along if you have small children, it is about 1400 metres from the museum reception area to the Viking ship. Good, gravelled pathways. The museum does not have any pushchairs or prams for hire or loan.

Out of consideration for the museum’s livestock, dogs are not allowed in the reception area or in or around the Chieftain’s House. The companion/escort system applies here, so that visitors who would have had a service dog with them, can be assisted by a companion/escort in these areas. The museum does not offer dog minder or kennel services.

What comes for free?
Activities are free of charge once you have bought your admission ticket. Exceptions may occur at particular events. Food and drink are available for purchase. Some activities may be full, e.g. sailing the Viking ship, in which case you must wait until there are vacancies. Groups can book in advance or hire the ship for their own excursions. Activities for groups.

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Special needs
Read more here.

Lost and Found
We store lost property for a limited period of time.

Baggage room?
We do not have any luggage deposit boxes or any facilities for storing private luggage at the museum.

Do you travel public transportation? The shuttle bus both north and south stops right next to the museum. Bus routes and other travel information can be found here:

Prepare your visit

Events and activities at the museum vary throughout the year. In summer there are many additional activities you can take part in. Here are a few tips regarding how much time you might want to spend:

Permanent exhibitions and the Chieftain’s House: allow about one and a half hours. You can manage with less, but with 90 minutes you will have time to listen to the exhibitions, watch the film and study the interior embellishments and architecture in the Chieftain’s House.

Activities and the Viking ship moorings: An additional 1-2 hours. Would you like to see the Viking ship and the Viking ship moorings and join in some activities? It is about a 1400 metre along walk gravelled pathways from the Chieftain’s House to the activity area. Allow 20 minutes each way. Sailing or rowing takes about 30 minutes (and you may have to wait your turn). Activities are led by our Vikings. Allow some time for waiting in addition to a few minutes for each activity. Allow some time to have a look inside the smithy if it is open.

Meals also take time.

The Viking Festivals take place in August every year. Then there is lots going on and you should spend several hours at the museum.

Smart telephones

Bring along your smart telephone and earphones.

You will need your smart phone at the permanent exhibitions (archaeological specimens and the story of the discovery of the world’s biggest Viking Age longhouse) and when watching the film entitled “The Dream of Borg”. With the help of your phone and our audio guide system, you will be ushered through the exhibitions.

You can choose between 6 different languages (Norwegian, English, German, French, Spanish and Italian). Using your phone does not involve any extra cost. Our audio guide system is Wi-Fi based and you will be using our network. If you do not have a smart phone, we can lend you the necessary equipment.


Activities and events at the museum vary throughout the year.

In summer there are a lot more artisans/demonstrations and activities to take part in for those who wish to do so. In winter, the pathways will be to some extent cleared of snow, but the Viking ships will be inside locked boathouses, so we recommend that you concentrate on the permanent exhibitions and the Chieftain’s House.

Weather conditions in Lofoten are variable, this also applies to the summer. Our grounds are spacious and extensive and pleasant to walk around. Wear wind and waterproof clothing if needs be. The pathways are gravelled and suitable for pushing prams.

TEL: +47 76 15 40 00