Skaldvik Viking Village

Welcome to Skáldvik!

Skáldvik 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 opens to the public during the faire’s season.  2017 dates are weekends from August 5 to October 1, and Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017.

Steve Kraus

If you wish to learn ancient crafts, educate the New York Renaissance Faire patronage with facts 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.

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 2017 even more special as we continually build and expand our offering.

What does it mean to be a member of Skaldvik?

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, entertainers, and more.  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.

Your contribution

Soon after the first thaw in 2017 (early May), members will converge on Skáldvik to begin preparation for the season and attend most every weekend from then until October 8 when we winterize our little village.


As a living village, Skáldvik requires a dedicated membership to bring it to life.  From erecting new structures to completing the prior year’s “living projects” and starting on another, our members are required to attend a minimum amount of time in exchange for the many benefits Skáldvik has to offer.


  • Be available a minimum of 12 weekend days, Saturdays and/or Sundays, during the preseason from May 6 to July 30.
  • Attend the Company Meeting at the Village on May 6, 2017 which includes signing up for your role within the village, necessary paperwork, and a character introduction workshop.  In the event of rain, a replacement location will be announced.
  • Be an active fully costumed member in Skáldvik 10 of the 19 days the faire is open (August 5 to October 1, Labor Day Monday)
  • Attend Strike Weekend on October 7-8, 2017 when we winterize Skáldvik.

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

2017 membership open!

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+
75% off

5 to 11 credit hours
50% off

credit hours or less
25% off

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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!

What our friends are saying…

Can’t remember if I’ve shared this here before or not. But just in case – this site is AWESOME!

Chuck T.

…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.

Your benefits

Though many find our mission a reward unto itself, the members of Skáldvik do enjoy these benefits as part of their annual membership dues.

Preferred Parking

Up to a $190 value
  • As a member of Skaldvik, you’ll be able to park for free in a specially designated parking area.  No need to walk a half mile to the camp, and no need to pay $10 a day in preferred parking. Also, you can drive right on grounds, drop off your stuff for the day.  Just be sure your car is off grounds by 9am.


$140+ value
  • Members will be able to live in the settlement or in a reserved area of the behind-the-scenes campground Friday through Sunday during the faire’s season, depending on availability and historical accuracy of your tent. Behind the scenes we also have access to showers, bathrooms and more.

Learn rare skills

  • How many of your friends know the medicinal properties of angelica archangelica?  How to forge a blade or tool?  Use constructions techniques such as those in a longhouse?  These are some of the projects you may learn through your membership and involvement in Skaldvik.

The Community

  • You will walk away with new contacts, friends, and who knows? Maybe even a spouse.  (Hey, it’s happened!)  The community of the faire is significant and deep as it is, and those who share these unique experiences will form bonds that could last a lifetime.

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.”