MIDGARDS TOUR OF EXHIBITIONS
At Midgard you can currently explore three different exhibitions.
In the first of the two side rooms you can see artefacts found at Borre, mainly during the excavation
of the Ship-mound in 1852. This excavation was the first in the world where remnants of a Viking ship
were found, hence the name of the mound. It was located on the field just below Midgard, close to
the path down to the park. Note the twisted swords in the exhibition: The Vikings believed swords
could have magical properties, and the theory is that by bending the sword, they believed the
sword's power was destroyed.
VIKING BURIALS AT GULLI
The second room depicts Viking burial customs, illustrated by discoveries made during recent
excavations at Gulli in Vestfold. You can study examples of different burial customs and items that
were put in the graves along with the buried.
THE FORGOTTEN WARRIORS
In the main hall and third room you can see the newest exhibition: Yatvings, the Forgotten Warriors.
This exhibition describes a long gone tribe of warriors in what is today's Poland, which current
research links to Norse culture. The Norsemen were active traders, and their eastern routes
extended their influence all the way to Constantinople and beyond.
The magnificent harness mount from the Borre find can also be seen in the main hall, as well as a
comb from the Oseberg find (yes, the Vikings were very vain).