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The Vikings of Bjornstad
Life in the Age of the Vikings, Normans and Anglo Saxons
The Viking holmgang - brought to life
The Vikings of Bjornstad
is a living history and educational group, concentrating on the Viking age - from 793 through 1066 AD. We strive for an
authentic presentation of the culture, weapons and crafts from a thousand years ago, including Viking, Norman and Anglo-Saxon re-enactment.
Bjornstad has been filmed twice for History Channel productions and has provided extras, weaponry, clothing and props for several independent film projects. Our
members provided authentic weapon sound effects for How to Train Your Dragon and historic authenticity consulting for Hammer of the Gods,
a British Viking movie released in 2013. Bjornstad’s members work with educational and Scandinavian heritage groups to provide a balanced view of one of
history’s most fascinating periods and cultures.
Most of our members live in the extended San Francisco Bay Area, currently north to Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg,
east to Stockton and south to San Jose. We attend events and group meetings throughout the year;
see our Calendar of Events
to check out the schedule.
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The Vikings of Bjornstad
have been involved in a wide range of fascinating - and fun - projects.
Annually, we present 5 hours of Viking lecture, demonstration and hands-on interaction for Professor Costanza Dopfel and her class on Barbarian cultures at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California
We challenged the host of
on the Food Network to a series of Viking challenges in an episode televised in November, 2021, - and
then we were served dinner! Dinner: Impossible We provided presentations, demonstrations and displays at the first annual Living History Day at California State University, East Bay, Hayward in May, 2016,
We've joined the
Midsummer Medieval Festival at the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga, California We provided a filmed segment recommending
Viking movies for Norwegian Public Television in September, 2013. In December, 2012, we joined Dr. Pete Worden, Director of NASA Ames Research, and his staff
photo shoot as part of their campaign to inspire interest in a
new generation of satellite technology. In November, 2011, we presented a seminar on the Vikings for the Renaissance Society on the CSU Sacramento campus
In October, 2010, we presented a seminar on the Vikings' influence on our world as part of the
Oakmont Sunday Symposium series We join the Lions Club at their annual
Special Kids Day event for children with special needs We've provided models for
photographic shoots at the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga, California We've joined with the
Highlander Warriors to present "The Wedding of Somerled"
at the Pleasanton, California, Highland Games In June, 2006, we attended the San Francisco premier of
Beowulf and Grendel - in gear In August, 2009, we provided a hobgoblin troop for a student fantasy film,
Runewood On December 3rd, 2005 we provided a non-historic barbarian horde for an Academy of Art University student film,
The Epic of Wayhelm In January 2005 we filmed the host segments for an episode of
The Conquerors about William the Conqueror, with actor and military advisor Dale Dye, for the History Channel In July 2004 we provided the actors for the
Battle of Hastings (fought in 1066) segment of Command Decisions, also for the History Channel In 2002 we went as a group to see the "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga" exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles
We've set up our Viking Age encampment at:
The Leif Erikson Viking Fest held by the
Freya Lodge of the Sons of Norway, in Santa Rosa The "Sprint the Pier" races hosted by
North Bay Vikings
(associated with the Bay Area Whaleboat
Rowing Association) in Berkeley The Dixon Scottish Games in Dixon
Schools throughout the extended San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz
Norway Day, at Ft. Mason in San Francisco Tartan Day in Fremont, California
The Dunsmuir House Scottish Games in Oakland
The Livermore Scottish Games in Livermore
Caledonian Club's Scottish Highland Games in Pleasanton The Old Fort MacArthur Days Military Reenactment Show in Los Angeles
The Calaveras County Celtic Faire in Angels Camp
The Celtic Nations Festival in Vacaville
And ... at most of our events we perform
"The Viking Art of War",
a 15 to 20 minute demonstration of Viking age weapons and tactics.
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