Fodor's Expert Review Lofotr Viking Museum
Nominated for European Museum of the Year in 2013, this site, 13 km (8 miles) north of Leknes, portrays the lifestyle and culture of the Vikings through reconstructions of typical buildings and ships, costumed interpreters, and visitor "experiences." The re-created viking chieftain's longhouse, on the foundations of a real chieftain's home, has been built according to authentic methods, including grass-turf walls, load-bearing poles, and fireplaces. Inside, it's divided, just like the original, into a lobby, living quarters, great hall, and byre. Nearby, several other reconstructed buildings include a smithy and boathouse, and three ships that can be boarded in summer. The exhibition halls display more Viking artifacts and show a 12-minute film about the history and people of the region. Artisans at work, the chance to taste Viking food, cute farm animals, and an activity area for kids make the museum a popular choice for familes. There's a Viking Festival in early August.