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Look out for Vikings at Bygdøy!

The Viking Ship Museum's new film takes the audience on a unique visual journey into the history of a Viking ship. The film shows everyday, three times per hour.

The Vikings Alive projected onto the vaulted ceiling of the Viking Ship Museum.          

Photo: Storm Studios.

The Vikings Alive is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. A Viking ship is built, sails along the Norwegian fjords an on the ocean, ending its days as a grave ship for a king.The film is projected onto the vaulted ceiling of the Viking Ship Museum and provides the audience with an experience as if the Viking Age is played out in front of their eyes. "We are very pleased with the results", says Museum Director Håkon Glørstad. He believes that the new film will attract more people to what is already one of Norway's most popular museums, visited by half a million guests every year.

See a short trailer

Shadow play and animation

Storm Films have created a story about the life of a Viking ship in conjunction/cooperation? with researchers at the Museum of Cultural History. The films ship is constructed using CG animation (computer-generated imagery) based on present day knowledge about the Viking ships and their sailing capabilities. Viking Age artefacts carries the story and the visual expression is inspired by the tapestry of the Oseberg Ship finds. Vikings Alive puts its message across through the Museum's rich collection and on research.

Stig Saxegaard from Storm Studios has worked on the computer-generated imagery used in the film. He thinks that Vikings Alive is different from similar historical films because of the high level of all the details, based on historically correct information. "It is therefore better not to show things at all than to show something that is wrong," he says. "That is why we decided to use less specific forms of expression such as shadow play and 2D-animation in the story in order to avoid any uncertainties. We have also had the opportunity to consult knowledgeable experts, something which is not normally possible to such a degree."

Documetary films

In addition to the main attraction in the Tune wing of the museum, Hacienda Film has produced two documentary films together with researchers at the museum called The Ship and Journeys. You will  find these on monitors in the museum or you can preview them here. 


The film is reinforced by its architecture

The film is projected directly onto the building, without the use of a screen. Images from ten different projectors are melded together using projection mapping, which means that objects are masked with an image projected from one or more projectors. "The architecture affects the viewing experience and reinforces the fact that several stories are taking place. Viewers want to watch the film several times in order to catch all the details. The objects in the room are staged in a new way and are engaged in a dialogue with the film. Precisely that experience has no equal in the world," says Project Manager Kine Liholm.

Vikings Alive is a project which came about as a gift from Viking Cruises and it consists of a 5-minute main film and two documentary films. Viking Cruises has given the Museum full professional freedom to develop this film project which breathes new life and stories into the artefacts in the Viking Ship Museum. The documentaries entitled Ships and Journeys provide an insight into the work being undertaken in order to increase our knowledge about the Vikings. The films follow archaeologists and other specialists who are seeking answers through research and reconstruction.

Partners involved

  • Storm Films have produced the films and Storm Studios are responsible for the CG animation (computer-graphics imagery). The sound is produced by Short Cut. Composer: Magnus Beite
  • Hacienda Film has produced two documentary films called The Ship and Journesy together with researchers at the museum and reenacters.
  • Bravo AV are responsible for technical installation and programming. The projectors were supplied by Canon Norge AS.
Digital Viking ship created by Storm Studios. Photo: Storm Studios.


Published Jan. 6, 2017 10:59 AM - Last modified Feb. 4, 2021 8:40 AM