Updated March 15th, 2021
Lejre Land of Legends will open again on april 30th, 2021!
It is with sadness that must announce that our Easter-season is canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19-situation in Denmark. That means that we’ll be opening up for our guests on the 30th of April 2021, when we open for the summer season. We’re sorry that we can’t open before that, but hope to see you in April instead!
A lot has happened, since COVID-19 started spreading worldwide. We’ve had to change, improvise and adapt throughout 2020, but Lejre Land of Legends will be ready to welcome guests again – and that’s both regular daily guests, schools, institutions, guided tours and more.
Our most important priority is the safety of our guests and employees. Therefore, we are following the health authority’s guidelines and ask everyone to do the same. We’ve implemented some different precautions to diminish the spread of COVID-19 in order to ensure that a visit in Lejre Land of Legends is a safe and good experience. We have set up alcogel dispensers in all areas, have set up extra cleaning shifts and chosen to make our paths one-way where needed.
Here is an overview of the different things Lejre Land of Legends has established in order to diminish the spread of COVID-19:
The King’s Hall
The King’s Hall is enormous – therefore, it can host a lot of guests at the same time – granted we’re all walking the same way. The King’s Hall has therefore been made a “one-way” area, so we can all be safe when visiting the gigantic building from the Viking age. In the case that we are still under restrictions about how many people we can gather at one point, we will reinstate time reservation for visits of the King’s Hall.
The Fire Valley
In June 2020, Lejre Land of Legends received DKK 500,000,- from the Liljeborgfonden through a special COVID-19 pool. The money has gone to extra staffing out in the area, who can help with cleaning axe handles, grinding stones and paddles at the lake. Additionally, there will be a member of staff at the ready by the lake to help you find a safety vest, if you’re going out of the lake for a trip.
We’ve made it safe to take a little trip in our Stone Age canoes or our row-boats from the 1900s, as long as you remember to wash your hands with alcogel before you reach for the paddles. The same goes for our logging, where you can use an Iron Age axe and chop some wood. All you need are instructions from a member of staff and to wash your hands before getting started. We’ve changed our archaeological workshops as well, so that you can still dig after objects with a metal detector. The only thing you need prior to grabbing the detector is to wash your hands with alcogel. We know that it seems silly to wash your hands right before digging into dirt, but COVID-19 is a challenge for all of us, in some way or other.
Grinding wheat with a grinding stone and baking a biscuit over the fire is still possible – you get wheat and grinding stone from staff, almost just like usual. When you’ve grinded the wheat into flour, you can go to one of the fires, make one or five biscuits all depending on how much flour you got out of your wheat. If you want to make a little bit more than just biscuits, you can bring some of your own “snobrøds”-dough. Snobrød is a bread you bake over the fire on a stick. We are allowed to assist you with “snobrødspinde,” the sticks used to bake the bread, but we can’t provide the dough, unfortunately. We’ll keep the fire going until the breads are done to perfection!
Some things we can’t change are things like shooting with a bow and arrow. Our staff and instructors will be too close to you and would have to touch the bow at the same time as you, therefore we’ve chosen to close down the archery range for your and our sake. The Archery range will be on stand-by until it’s safe to open it up again.
We ask you to please remember to keep aware of social distancing at all times – even if a sudden shower surprises you. We know that it’s tempting to all gather under our covered areas like the Fire Valley house or the Café. But please remember, that we need to keep our distances to each other, so that everyone gets a good experience out of their visit, where visitors and staff can feel safe in Lejre Land of Legends.
The Historical Areas
Some of the Government’s guidelines limit how many we can gather in one place. For Lejre Land of Legends, that means that we’ve chosen to close our Iron Age houses for regular visitors – there is a limit as to how many people per square meter we’re allowed, and it is not possible to assign one member of staff only to count how many people go in and out of the houses. Sadly, that means you’ll have to come again when it is possible to enter the houses if you wish to see them from the inside.
Our staff is ready and available in the Iron Age, Viking Age and 1800s.
Our lovely Café Hvidesøhus is still serving coffee, cake, sandwiches and more. The Café is, just like the King’s Hall, one-way. Please follow the directions on the signs and remember to keep your social distances while queuing up – our staff is quick, and the queue looks longer than it is.
The only additional difference is that you’re only allowed to sit at the benches outside. That is to protect our lovely staff in the Café. It also means that if a surprise shower catches you off guard, it’s not possible to go into the Café and wait it off: you’ll have to find somewhere else to hide from the rain.
Viking Market in week 42
(Updated February 5th 2021) We had to cancel our Viking market in week 28 and chose to hold it in week 42 of 2020. Sadly, that didn’t happen either – that’s why we’re reporting the viking market again!
We’ll update the information on this page as soon as we know more about the viking market.
Do you have additional questions?
We know that the current sanitary crisis and our work with a lot of solutions may give questions regarding entrance fees, education,camp school stays and more in Lejre Land of Legends.
We just want you to know, that we’re doing all we can to answer everyone as fast as we can!
If you have a question, you’re welcome to look around on our website for the answer – if you can’t find an answer anywhere, you’re welcome to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you understand and thank you for your patience,
Take care of yourselves and of each other – and thank you for the huge backing and support you’ve shown Lejre Land of Legends.
All of us in Lejre Land of Legends / Sagnlandet Lejre