What Was Life Like for the Average Viking

Whether your name was Snorri or Erik, your daily life as a Viking was a meat-filled, chess-playing, human-sacrificing experience. Contrary to what you might think, daily life for Vikings didn’t always involve going out to sea or violently conquering new lands. In fact, these Nordic seamen and their families had to keep up a certain lifestyle back at home.

What was it like to be a Viking? If you were a man, you would farm by day, sleep in one big room with your entire family (and your goats) at night, and occasionally pop over to the local chieftan’s longhouse for a feast with some lovely honey mead. If you were a woman, you were in charge of keeping the domestic side of things running smoothly. But don’t worry if your marriage didn’t work out – you were probably able to divorce your husband, even if the practice wasn’t common.

Weird History


  1. ᛋᛠᛉ · May 11, 2020

    Weird? Wyrd? Such an abused word.

    I was redpilled by learning about Vikings, in a sense. Learning I had Gods and Ancestors that history would have me forget was a powerful learning curve.

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    • Viking Life Blog · May 12, 2020

      Luckily I grew up with it and felt Viking Gods was making all other religions gay.

      I can imagine, that is not the case outside the Nordic countries.

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · May 13, 2020

        Yeah… You would be correct. Now Àsatru is well known here and becoming kinda popular. But actual knowledge? We have that marvel movie. You know the one.

        I learned about Odin from a Japanese Vidya game. And that, I think dear friend, is why Carthage must be destroyed.


    • Viking Life Blog · May 13, 2020

      I saw the Valhalla movie as a child.
      Give it a watch and learn Danish at the same time.

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  2. vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · May 13, 2020

    Reverse mullet makes me think of a punk rocker or popstar.


  3. germanicunity · May 24, 2020

    Reblogged this on Germanic Unity.

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  5. ᛋᛉᚺᛟᚾ · May 25, 2020

    Mead was actually less common among the general Scandinavian population at the time, the Nordic Grog was lost to time and subject to much speculation (assumed to be fermented barley infused with berry juice & herbs) whilst Mead made with fermented honey was generally reserved for Danes of Noble status considering how uncommon honeybee cultivation was in the period therefore Mead would have been a considerably expensive to produce.

    Meats to be consumed were generally dried, smoked reindeer jerky, whale meat jerky, dried fish (fiskur) and rye crispbread (akin to 19th century sailor’s ration) were also very common as they lasted a long time. Dried/Smoked meats were compact resilient to spoilage and could be consumed in their dry form as rations or reconstituted into stews if they had the time and accessibility to other ingredients.



    • Viking Life Blog · May 25, 2020

      Good point about mead and honey, also considering if they were drinking a lot instead of “dirty” water.

      Conserved meat would make sense, especially for winter and traveling. I have tryed to eat ‘færøsk tørfisk’
      a couple of times as a snack. I liked it, as I remember it is good. But whale or seal blubber (I am not sure) is very strange to eat.

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