There are quite a variety of different groups reliving different pieces
of Viking life and culture. Some are very serious, others are playful. Some
are very accurate; others are "close enough".
- The Society for Creative Anachronism
is certainly the largest and most accessible of all historical study groups.
While it's not exclusively Viking, it's so large that it probably has more
people interested in Vikings than all the rest combined. A lot of the SCA is
very superficial, but some of it is VERY good, and it's almost always good
- The Marklanders are a
similar group originally devoted to Viking culture only. They seem to have
added units devoted to Anglo-saxon and Celitc cultures as well. On average,
they seem to be more authentic than the typical SCA types. In some areas
they have working Viking ships! There's some overlap, and the marklanders
participate in SCA events as well.
- The Monadh is a
group within the SCA in Ontario with high standard of scholarship and
- The Viking Navy is rediscovering the skills and thrills of sailing
authentic Viking longships. The Vikings N.F.P.S. a reenactment group in England.
- The Asatru and Nordic Heathens are reviving the Viking religion. Here again, there's a lot of overlap.
- See the bookmark file for links to groups I haven't got around to putting in here yet!
The SCA is always a good place to start. It's virtually everywhere.
(This is literally true; there's a newsgroup, IRC chat channels, and even a
Yahoo search page!) You can always move on, or even start your own group
within the framework of the SCA.
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