This is what historians John McNicol tells the University of Tromsø. The debate around the Viking village in Gudvangen continues after historians and writers from Aud Farstad recently characterized the village as an example of a commercial horror. The daily leader of Viking City, Frode Aas Tufte, has rejected criticism and is grateful and arrogant to Farstad.
McNicol, which has the Middle Ages and Viking times as a special area, agrees with Farstad that the commercial seems the most important. He has not even been to Gudvangen, but expresses himself through the image and information of the Viking valley on their own websites.
"Viking Valley seems to be a commercial concept, where tourists feel Viking is Vikingkjensla adapts to their customers.
– A bit of Viking times to do
Especially when it comes to building debts, McNicol thinks that the Viking valley has little to do with the Viking age.
"Some buildings look like garages that are decorated with one copy of one stone," he says.
– Is it a commercial horror example, as Aud Farstad claims?
"If it's a horror example, I do not know, but it's a commercial example, it can be a success story if the spread develops and there's economy, he claims.
– No problem
Archaeologist and professor Dagfinn Skre ved Kulturhistorisk museum, not in the least, it is problematic that everyone tries to recreate the Viking era.
"As long as those who work there make it clear to the public, and they are very important themselves, and try not to pretend it's more than what they are, I like it a lot, it's not that professionals have a past, victory Skre.
The Meiner The giving of the Viking age can never be good, because it is a lot that someone does not know.
"If you are going to recreate the Viking age, it will be a soft guess, some guesses are good, but it is bad, but think it is, I am not in Gudvangen, so good good guesses are there, I do not know.
Skine meiner it goes beyond the tasks of professionals to censor literature, films and anna as living in Viking times.
"Everyone should be receptive to criticism, even with Gudvangen, but this is a discussion and we are not in a hurry, and above all we do not have any Viking times.
Håkon Glørstad, director of the Cultural History Museum at the University of Oslo, also welcomes the establishment of an experience center that emphasizes the Viking era.
"This can be a valuable addition for the museums, but there is a clear expectation for the public that one is based on findings and facts." The public wants to experience the authentic, he wins.
Glørstad did not even visit the Viking city in Guvangen, but he is not exactly impressed by the photo he has seen from the city.
"It does not look very viking-like, Husa reminds us of modern buildings painted in an original way, Dei has left a part to a professional high standard, victory Glørstad.
Do not seriously criticize
Frode Aas Tufte in the Viking valley rejects the criticism.
– Desse build (in the main page.). Designed as a boathouse, repaired to build and store boats, he says, but strives to build your part of the Viking village.
Aas Tufte is quoted above the criticism.
– We are not a museum. We are not a theme park either. We are one workshop in the Viking Age and the Iron Age, he says
"Those who criticize us do not have a Gong in the Viking Valley, they do not know what they're talking about and it's impossible to take them seriously, he wins.
– But does the Viking valley show life in Norway as it was 1000 years ago?
– The most beautiful non-authentic Viking house. All houses in Viking Valley are built to be used, as we said from the first day. But we have used historical building techniques, he wins.