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Key Question: What did the vikings eat?



There were no supermarkets or shops to buy food so the Vikings ate what food they could grow or hunt.


Vegetables e.g. leeks, onions, turnips, parsnips and carrots.

Wild nuts e.g. hazelnuts and walnuts.

Berries e.g. gooseberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Grains to make bread and also porridge

Herbs e.g. fennel, common sorrel, wild garlic, parsley

Leaves e.g. nettles and spinach


Wild animals e.g. deer, wild boar, fox, beaver, and bear.

Fish e.g. trout, mackerel, and salmon.

Domesticated animals e.g. chicken, goat, sheep and pigs.

Eggs from hens and wild birds eggs.


Honey from bees




Authentic viking bread recipe 


This is a heavy bread, most likely what you read  about when you come across references to “brown bread” in history or historical fiction books. While I wouldn’t recommend it as a substitute for your Italian or sourdough dinner bread, it was really good as a snack – warm from the oven and drizzled with honey – we read that the Vikings likely ate it with honey





  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats {for sprinkling on top}



  • Mix all dry ingredients and then add the water.
  • Stir all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon until you can’t stir any more.
  • Then, knead the dough with damp hands until flour is completely incorporated.
  • Finally, form the dough into a round, place it on a baking stone sprinkle with reserved oats, and place it in a cold oven.
  • Turn the oven to 375-degrees, and leave it alone for an hour.
  • After an hour, pull the bread out of the oven, let it cool slightly, then rip it apart in chunks like a Viking (or cut it in nice wedges) and drizzle honey on it.