The King and Queen attend the opening of Vikingaliv

On Friday 28 April, The King and Queen attended the opening of Vikingaliv. The museum, which is devoted entirely to the Viking period, is located at Wasahamnen on Royal Djurgården in Stockholm.

The Vikingaliv museum was opened on Friday afternoon.

The King gave a speech, in which he said: "History is a flexible subject. Through research and new technology, we are constantly making new discoveries about the past.

"For example, we recently learnt that researchers had succeeded in tracing some of the timbers from the Vasa ship to oak forests in Poland – a nation with which Sweden was at war at the time.

"In the same way, modern archaeology has given us new insights into how the Vikings lived. And it is this knowledge that forms the basis for Vikingaliv.

"Talking about history in a way that is both accurate and inspiring, and that arouses an interest in learning more, is not easy. It requires dedication and creativity. I would like to pay tribute to those of you who have helped in various ways to realise this museum. Through your work, you contribute towards improving knowledge about our shared history."

LG Nilsson, who is responsible for design and scenography, shows a life-size 10th century Viking who has been reconstructed using DNA technology. Photo:

About Vikingaliv

The Vikingalivexternal link, opens in new window museum aims to illustrate Viking life from various perspectives, based on facts and the latest discoveries from the era. The main attraction is Ragnfrid's Saga, a story about life in Viking times both at home on the farm and out in the world.

Vikingaliv also features an exhibition section where visitors can learn about the roles of children and women, and discover how people lived, what they grew and ate, and how they travelled.

The Vikingaliv initiative has four founders: Artistic Director Staffan Götestam, Chairman of the Board Fredrik Uhrström, Creative Director LG Nilsson and CEO Ulf Larsson.