Skaldvik Viking Village

Welcome to Skáldvík!

Skáldvík is a living, breathing membership community of historical reenactors discovering, uncovering, and rediscovering the old ways of the 8th to 11th century Scandinavians in the name of amateur experimental archaeology and edutainment.

The Viking Village is located on the property of the New York Renaissance Faire and was open to the public during the faire’s season: August 15 to October 4, and Labor Day, September 7, 2020.

If you wish to learn ancient crafts, educate the New York Renaissance Faire patronage with historical knowledge and archaeological finds of the Viking age, make discoveries through research, demonstrate ancient skills, create historically accurate items, or even tell Norse stories and give entertaining lectures, Skáldvik is for you! No special skills are needed, but a willingness to learn and a dedication to the Mission of the project is all that is required.

Standards of Membership

Skáldvík is an edutainment membership facility that caters to the family audiences and fun environment of the New York Renaissance Faire. Membership to Skáldvík is open to all with a passion for archaeological sciences, the scientific method, research, craft, art, and historical re-enactment.  Skáldvík does not base acceptance of membership on race, gender, religion, political belief or affiliation.  Skáldvík is secular and apolitical in all practices.  Skáldvík may provide demonstrations, information, or hold lectures on the beliefs and practices of these ancient people in an educational context only, based as closely as possible to finds in the archaeological record.

The management of Skáldvík reserves the right to terminate membership without refund at any time and for any reason up to and including displays of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, religious prostelization, political activism, or historical revisionism.

We’re seeking:

  • living history reenactors with an eye for detail and historical accuracy
  • teachers and students who want to live what they’ve only heard about in school
  • DIYers who know the thrill of researching and creating wares using ancient methods
  • entertainers/actors who can engage audiences in an entertaining fashion
  • crafters of the ancient Norse arts who have a passion for researching how it was once done (or how it may have been done if lacking in evidence in the archaeological record)
  • and anyone with a passion for learning, recreating, discovering, and/or teaching!

Skáldvik has become a staple for many patrons at the New York Renaissance Faire, seeing it as the hidden gem since 2014.  Come make our seventh year even more special as we continually build and expand our offering!

      What does it mean to be a member of Skáldvik?

      As a member of the Skáldvik Viking Village, you will be contributing to and be a part of a growing community of reenactors, history enthusiasts, educators, crafters, and entertainers.  You will have a chance to learn new skills based on old wisdom, and have a blast as we build new period structures, plant gardens and learn herbalism, construct six board chests for storage, play games over 1,000 years old, and more. You will also join a family of like-minded people comprised of professionals, actors, Rennies, SCAdians, software developers, travelers, and the list goes on.

      A member should…

      • Uphold the Village Mission. The Village’s primary goal is the education and entertainment of the NYRF patrons by faithfully recreating the working conditions, tools, methods, and general life of Viking Age Scandinavians to the best of our ability.
      • Interact with patrons.  All members are expected to interact with patrons to further the Village’s Mission.
      • Act professionally. All members are a recognizable representative of both the Village and the NYRF and must behave in a professional manner while holding a current membership.
      • Provide own costuming.  We strongly recommend contacting us prior to any purchase so we can guide you toward historical accuracy.
      • Attend the Company Meeting on May 16, 2020.
      • Attend Strike Weekend on October 10-11, 2020.

      Membership Roles

      Membership consists of two roles: Standard and Manager.

      Standard Members are the heart and soul of the Village. Without you, there is no Village. It is you who ensures the Village’s continued operation and success through your passion and dedication to the Village’s Mission.

      Standard Members are expected to have a level of dedication that roughly equates to 50% attendance in the Village. While many of the functions of the Village can take place off-site, there is also plenty of preseason work to be done in the camp. We ask all members to assist in the maintenance and creation of the physical Village throughout the season.

      Manager Members are veteran Standard Members who provide teaching, direction, and advice as well as oversee the operation of one of the Village’s six departments. 

      Managers are invited to become so at the discretion of the Village’s administration.  These are proven members of the community who are chosen for their leadership skills as well as knowledge of the department’s material.

      Lastly, managers are encouraged to have an Assistant Manager. In the manager’s absence, the second is in charge of the department to ensure its continued operation.

      Village Departments

      • Games provides interactive entertainment to the patrons.  While not all of the games are historically accurate in nature, they are fun!
      • Grounds works the land and includes gardening, landscaping, and beautification of the Village.
      • Fiber Arts demonstrates the creation of Viking Age textiles, from combing to weaving to dying.  It also creates cloth items to other departments.
      • Woodworking includes Building (felling trees, hewing beams, construction), Carpentry (construction of tables and chairs), and Carving.
      • The Forge seeks to recreate the methods and production of Viking Age iron and steel goods, from nails to tools.
      • The Kitchen maintains the firepit, researches and creates recipes, and cooks to provide food for the members on the Village Meal Plan.

      On your membership application, you will be asked to select a Primary and a Secondary Department.  Your Primary Department is where you’ll find yourself more often than not.  On those days when your Primary Department is full or has nothing to do that day, you’ll move to your Secondary Department.

      Membership Dues

      Membership opens January 1.  All dues are non-refundable and must be paid in full by the first Friday of April of that same year.

      Transfer or Gifting of Memberships

      Membership can be transferred or purchased as a gift to another. The nature of the transfer is strictly between the current holder and the recipient. The original holder of the membership must contact steve@ravensheadproductions.com to make the transfer official.

      Fully paid and unused memberships from prior years must be used or transferred within three years from date of purchase. Failure to use or transfer will result in forfeiture of said membership.

      Costume Requirements

      All members do supply their own costuming, or kit.  Though we’ve located some great online resources for historically accurate clothing, some of our members may offer to assist or make your clothing for you.  You’ll have a chance to arrange that with your fellow members at the Company Meeting in May or anytime thereafter. Keep in mind that the clothing only needs to be had and inspected for authenticity prior to your first appearance at Skáldvik during the faire season.

      Basic clothing for men

      • basic overtunic, called a kyrtle
      • undertunic (optional)
      • basic trousers
      • leg wraps (optional)
      • period accurate turnshoes, boots, or other approved footwear
      • narrow leather belt with D-ring buckle, ornate or plain
      • belt pouch

      Basic clothing for women

      • apron dress, called a hangerock or smokkr
      • long undertunic
      • period accurate turnshoes, boots, or other approved footwear
      • narrow leather belt with D-ring buckle, ornate or plain
      • belt pouch

      2020 Season
      Membership Dues

      Clan Membership

      2 adults – $425/season
      Includes participant’s passes for two, parking for two vehicles, and camping

      Individual Membership

      1 adult – $275/season
      Includes participant’s pass for one, parking for one vehicle, and camping

      *Children under 13 are always free.

      Student Discount

      High school student or
      12 credit hours+
      50% off

      What our friends are saying…

      They did such a good job, that when I walked in there, I was instantly transported to a different time. Amazing, simply amazing. Really felt like home for me.

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      …the best new addition to the faire in a long time!

      Tara F.

      …a great addition to the New York Renaissance Faire … very fascinating
      Lyra S.

      The devotion and attention to detail is immediately apparent.  A truly memorable experience.  Well done everyone.
      Dana D.

      First time at NYRF, and the Village was my absolute favorite part. Friendly people who interacted and spoke with patrons. The viking games and story time were even more fun.  I am definitely going back.
      Mandy Z.

      Skald Starkaðr Ásbjörnsson

      What does “Skáldvik” mean?

      A skáld is a Viking-age storyteller, one who told the deeds of the heroes and gods of the day.  We owe our current knowledge of Norse culture in large part to this class of warrior-poets who, between the 10th and 12th centuries, recorded the stories of the Norse gods and the deeds of Icelanders, Norwegians, Danes, and Swedes on paper. A vik comes from the Old Norse vík and is a bay, cove, or inlet. As we have a stream running alongside the encampment, we utilize poetic license and stretch our stream into a bay and call it “Skáldvik”, or “A Storyteller by the Stream.”

      Skáldvik Viking Village

      Where we’re located at the New York Renaissance Faire, just past the living chessboard.  Cross the small bridge near the food concessions and enter 11th century Scandinavia!