Fun Vikings Facts for Kids – KS2

Facts about the Vikings should be told to kids but as an exciting story that draws them in, the story being told to them should be exciting and this can happen through the way it is presented to them.

There are some facts related to the life of the Vikings which would sound interesting when the kids know about them but in order to succeed at such a thing, you as a parent should tell them the story in a different way or else depend on any of the educational resources and videos that they could listen to in order to learn more about this fascinating civilization.

In this video, Aaron is the storyteller who is telling facts about the Vikings regarding their origins, what they used to wear, the swords they used, etc. One important thing to pay attention to when you are choosing the voice of the kid who will do the voice over for you which is to make him sound interesting while telling the story.

Vikings map

Poster design for a talk lecture on the history of Scandinavia and the Vikings. Vector illustration with a dracker ship on Scandinavian countries.

Where Did the Vikings Come From?

All the stories tell us that they came from all around Scandinavia, such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. (where Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are today). They sent armies to Britain about the year 700 AD to take over some lands, and they lived here until around 1050. They settled in the British Isles and what is now known as northern France. The Norse that settled in northern France broke from their brothers and became known as Normans.

Culture: What Was It Like to Be a Viking?

Vikings ship


The majority of Vikings were farmers. They grew grain crops, like barley, rye, or oats. They would make bread from grain. As the leading mariners of their time, Vikings employed state-of-the-art boat-building technology. One of their signature inventions was the longship, a wooden boat with a shallow-draft hull and one long row of oars along each side

We find that most people believe that the Vikings were soldiers, raiders, and pillagers. They think the Vikings just sailed around the world in longships and rowed from town to burn houses and steal gold. This is not entirely accurate, and this belief exaggerates only one single part of Norse life.

But we must know that Vikings were farmers, traders, travelers, hunters, trappers, fishers, and artisans. Viking women were skilled weavers and textile makers. Clothes were primarily made of wool, linen, and animal skins. Women would turn wool into yarn or fabrics and then dye them to give them color. When the Norse gained more wealth and power, they began to embellish their clothes.

Vikings Didn’t Wear Horned Helmets?

Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets. Forget almost every Viking warrior costume you’ve ever seen. Sure, the pugnacious Norsemen probably sported headgear, but that whole horn-festooned helmet look? Depictions dating from the Viking age don’t show it, and the only authentic Viking helmet ever discovered is decidedly horn-free. perhaps inspired by descriptions of northern Europeans by ancient Greek and Roman chroniclers.

 horned helmets.

Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets. Forget almost every Viking warrior costume you’ve ever seen.

Viking men spent most of their time farming

This may come as a disappointment, but most Viking men brandished scythes, not swords. True, some were callous pirates who only stepped off their boats to burn villages, but the vast majority peacefully sowed barley, rye, and oats—at least for part of the year. They also raised cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep on their small farms, which typically yielded just enough food to support a family.

Viking men spent most of their time farming.
This may come as a disappointment, but most Viking men brandished scythes, not swords. True, some were callous pirates who only stepped off their boats to burn villages, but the vast majority peacefully sowed barley, rye, and oats—at least for part of the year. They also raised cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep on their small farms, which typically yielded just enough food to support a family.

Vikings buried their dead in boats

There’s no denying Vikings loved their boats—so much that it was a great honor to be interred in one. In the Norse religion, valiant warriors entered festive and glorious realms after death, and it was thought that the vessels that served them well in life would help them reach their final destinations. Distinguished raiders and prominent women were often laid to rest in ships, surrounded by weapons, valuable goods, and sometimes even sacrificed slaves.

Vikings skied for fun

Scandinavians developed primitive skis at least 6,000 years ago, though ancient Russians may have invented them even earlier. By the Viking Age, Norsemen regarded skiing as an efficient way to get around and a popular form of recreation. They even worshipped a god of skiing, Ullr.

Viking History: Facts & Myths

The Vikings were seafaring people from the late eighth to early 11th century who established a name for themselves as traders, explorers, and warriors. They discovered the Americas long before Columbus and could be found as far east as the distant reaches of Russia. 

While these people are often attributed as savages raiding the more civilized nations for treasure and women, the motives and culture of the Viking people are much more diverse. These raiders also facilitated many changes throughout the lands from economics to warfare.

The Viking Ships

Vikings ships

Important information that we must know about the heart of the Viking culture lies the Viking ship.


Important information that we must know about the heart of the Viking culture lies the Viking ship. These extraordinary vessels — longships in particular — shaped the lives of the sea-faring Norse and changed the course of European history.
Honed for more than 10 centuries, the shipbuilding skills of the Norse led to a variety of vessels — from small fishing boats and big-bellied cargo vessels to the famous lightning-fast longships used for raiding.

But no matter the size, most of the ships were designed to be narrow with short drafts (vertical distance between waterline and bottom of the ship), features that gave them high adaptability for use in the ocean and rivers.

The Vikings’ ship-building craft reached a high point in the 7th century when they invented the keel, a structural beam that runs from the bow to the stern and sits lower than the main body of the ship.

The Vikings set up colonies on the west coast of Greenland during the 10th century. The Viking sagas tell of journeys they undertook from these Greenland colonies to the New World. They mention places named “Helluland” (widely believed to be Baffin Island), “Markland” (widely believed to be Labrador) and “Vinland” (a more mysterious location which some archaeologists believe could be Newfoundland). 

At present the only confirmed Viking site in the New World is located at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. That site was excavated in the 1960s. Additionally, there are three possible Viking sites that archaeologists have recently excavated in Canada. Two of the possible sites are located in Newfoundland while a third site is located on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. 

Explore the previous examples and facts, and you will find yourself getting the necessary knowledge and information to fully grasp the concept of Vikings. So, keep on visiting our Learning Mole to get more knowledge and information about all different kinds of stuff.

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