The Viking Age

c. 790-1066

The late ninth-century Oseberg ship, in the Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum) in Oslo. Photograph by Ben Allport.

The Old Norse term víkingr referred to a raider, although the term “Viking Age” is used to refer to the time period in which Scandinavians increasingly interacted with north-western Europe through processes of raiding, trading, migration and settlement.


This website is intended as a resource for teachers and students of the Viking Age, all the way from primary schools up to undergraduate level (including GCSE History courses and the OCR A-Level course “The Viking Age”). It covers the history, society and culture of the Scandinavian peoples and their engagement with Britain and Ireland during the period 793-1066. In addition to the pages on individual modules, general bibliographies and sample Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) questions are provided.


The content and design of this resource were produced by Dr Ben Allport and Dr Jonathan Hui of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, at the University of Cambridge. Please note that not all elements are fully optimised for mobile use.

The Viking Age

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