Jomsborg Vikings Hird

Jomsborg Vikings Hird is a re-enactment group founded in 1998. Our group used to be the best equipped and best trained Polish group. In 2000 a Historical Foundation was formed as a tool for formal matters.

Jomsborg Vikings Hird attempt to recreate the tradition of the Jomsvikings, who formerly were in the pay of the Polish King Boleslaw, known in the saga’s as Burisleif. We have reconstructed a Viking fortress in Warsaw that serve as an open air museum and our base of operations, and a Viking ship from an original excavated in Norway.

Vikings from Jomsborg were known as extraordinary brave warriors, but also as a big raiders. Among them, any kinds of adventurers sought protection, often being persecuted by the law in their own countries, because of robberies or violence. Our Hirdmen comes mainly from Warsaw and the neighbourhood of Warsaw, but we have also Hirdmen from Norway, Germany and Sweden.

The main target of our activity is the international brotherhood, but we also want to present connections between Poland and the Viking World.

The Fortress of Jomsborg is the home of The Jomsborg Vikings Hird and a base of The Army of Jomsborg, but we also welcome all re-enactors, especially those who re-enact The Viking Age as Viking or Slavonic warriors. We began building the fortress in April 2003 and after seven month’s of hard work, the basic works had been completed. Since that time, we have tried to make JOMSBORG more and more attractive by continually adding new constructions and decorations.

The Fortress of Jomsborg acts as a "living museum". In the summer it is open to all on Saturdays and Sundays, offering many attractions - historical archery, axe throwing, sword fights, coin making and much else. The stronghold also organises "living history lessons" for school groups and historical events/shows for groups of adults.

The Fortress of Jomsborg is officially protected and supported by The State Archeological Museum in Warsaw.

In November 1999 construction began of a replica of the Viking ship excavated in Gokstad, South Norway in 1880. In May 2000 we  launched the replica, named Jomsborg. It was 66% the size of the original Gokstad ship and made of oak tree. We sailed it a lot, but eventually sold it to The Viking Museum Borg in Lofoten and now it is sailing there, under the name Varg Fotr.

In the late summer we arrange an international Viking festival at the Fortress of Jomsborg, "The Vikings and the Vends". Warriors, craftsmen and traders from near and far attend.

Street address: 
Wybrzeże Gdyńskie 6, Warsaw

Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.