A stout man with an enormous beard tends to a cooking pot over a wood fire.
Like Britain, Denmark has discovered a thirst for craft beer in the last decade and Munkebo is one of the many microbreweries that have popped up as a result.He succeeded in isolating a unique strain of yeast, which might once have been used by Viking brewers, or so Klaus likes to believe. dating for unge under 18 Fanø The result is Hjemstavn Ale, a light beer with notes of peach and apricot.My final stop is a burial mound on the island of Funen.Inside, visitors can marvel at the remnants of the Ladby ship: a warship belonging to a Viking king who must have been important because he was buried with 11 horses and four dogs.
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He tells me about his pagan wedding ceremony – which are on the increase in Denmark – and how he met his wife at a re-enactment of a medieval fair.But the most surprising thing about Jesper Lynge is that he’s not all that surprising. Okay, so most Danes don’t walk around in leather tunics all day, but they do love – and I mean love – the Vikings.Tania produces a Viking toiletry bag: bone comb, metal tweezers, wooden toothpicks, even an ear-pick shaped like a teeny ladle.Although there’s no evidence that they wore makeup as the character Floki does in the TV drama, they could have picked up the habit from Asian traders.On day two, I start to smell like a Viking: eau de wood smoke.
I’m in Trelleborg – the best preserved of the seven Viking ring fortresses found in Scandinavia. Teddy (who is of course dressed as a Viking) has a theory that the Danes’ fierce pride in their ancestors dates back to 1864, when they suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of the Prussians.
“It’s experiential archaeology,” Jesper explains as he pours ale into wooden goblets and – noticing my blue fingers – swaddles me in a sheepskin.
“I take their raw materials and I make stories with them.” The pot contains a delicious parsnip soup – “Ragnar was a fertile guy and at that time they felt parsnips symbolised you-know-what” – fortified with hot smoked salmon and what turns out to be smoked venison.
Here, too, history is being remade: for the last four years, local volunteers have been lovingly building an exact replica that will sail the fjord 1,100 years after the original was buried.
But perhaps the most ingenious example of the Danes’ insatiable appetite for the Vikings is a thoroughly modern beer.