There might be certain Covid safety requirements for all participants.
Please keep in mind, you are together inside rooms like the toilets, shower, tavern or kitchen.
We can not yet foresee whether and if Corona rules will apply in the summer.
However, we reserve the right to request any necessary requirements, such as negative quick tests for example, at short notice.
Kit Guide Sommermark Haithabu 2023
Year after year we adapt our Kit Guide to improve the general level. As guests of the Haithabu Viking Museum, we have a responsibility to show the public our best interpretation of early medieval life in Europe.
NEW: Overgarments No 1 and No 8
Please read the Kit Guide carefully.
Following the Kit Guide is part of your participation and is confirmed by your registration.
Failure to follow the Kit Guide may result in disqualification from the event.
Your focus should be on the time period from ca. 800-1066! Haithabu was a famous trading place, people of the then known world gathered there.
Therefore we welcome all representations from that time; whether Irish, Russian, Arabic, Frankish, Scandinavian or representations from England, Samarkand or Byzantium.
The early medieval world was, as far as we know, a hierarchical one. A person’s clothing and personal items reflected that person’s status and class. Therefore, we ask you to keep your appearance consistent with your intended status. In other words, no peasants with swords and no richly dressed people without shoes.
Use authentic clothing and footwear from the time and region you represent, based on archaeological/historical sources.
- Fabrics: Chemically dyed linen is no longer desirable. Therefore, we recommend you use natural linen (undyed) or fine wool on hot days. Please take this into consideration the next time you choose a fabric for new clothing. Please note, linen is a plant fiber and it is usually very difficult to dye in an authentic way. A vibrant color on linen is historically worth more than any of us represent.
- Braids on clothing are always a touchy subject. Tablet and comb woven borders are popularly used, but for the most part are not authentic. They rarely appeared in reality and were almost always different from the way they are worn today. We would like to ask you to refrain from using braids on new (and very much existing) garb. Or in your presentation you can really prove the braid you wear.
- Shoes have a very big influence on the appearance of a person! Use reversible shoes (Turnshoes) without rubber soles and/or an outer seam on the sole! Clogs should only be worn in really, really bad weather.
- Dear ladies, when the temperature rises, please don’t just wear an apron. It looks really silly and you can do better than that! We don’t have any evidence of a sleeveless dress, but there is a lot to discuss about that. We do allow sleeveless dresses.
- Dear men, please wear a tunic even if it’s warm and don’t go topless. If you have tattoos, they may not be authentic.
- No visible machine sewn seams! Just unravel the seams and re-sew them by hand. Doesn’t take long and you can do it.
- Equipment that does not fit the early medieval context, such as hods with long tipples, machine-made braid, or machine embroidery, should not be used or worn in the market.
- Naalbinding caps were unfortunately never found. Even if they are worn with pleasure we ask not to wear or sell them on the market from this year on.
Pay attention to your modern underwear. This often shines through your clothes, the edge of the boxer shorts peeks out of the top of the pants or the strap of the bra is visible at the neckline. Alternatives are loincloths or scarves or plain skin-colored underwear.
Do not wear t-shirts or knitted socks under your clothing, they will always be visible.
- Glasses are allowed if necessary, self-tinting glasses are not. We ask our participants to use contact lenses if possible. If contact lenses are not an option, please try to largely avoid using glasses during open hours unless you really need them. Medical devices (such as hearing aids and insulin pumps) should please be covered. Visible medically necessary devices and items should be discussed with the Orga in advance.
- Avoid obviously non-natural hair colors (even strong red), painted toenails and fingernails, and modern jewelry. If you have an obviously non-natural hair color, cover the hair with a headscarf or similar.
- Piercings should not be visible. If you wear tunnels, please wear inconspicuous ones. Wood, bone or similar.
- Ladies, no make up. Not even just mascara. Get your eyelashes dyed beforehand, it helps a bit and you don’t feel quite so naked. You are all beautiful the way you are.
- Elastic Hair ties are a NO-GO! Please use leather bands, bobby pins or similar.
- No visible modern protectors for the fighters, same goes for modern gloves.
- The shape of the tent must fit into the early medieval Age. So no modern tents, medieval tents, scout tents, teepees!
- Plastic tarpaulins and plastic wrappings. If possible, avoid plastic sheeting and unpack your groceries, food, etc., directly. It makes noise, which unfortunately can be heard outside the tent. Feel free to simply take cans from home and store the food in them.
- It should go without saying that no modern things or materials are visible in the market. Keep these things in a closed tent. Yes, that includes your plastic water bottles and cigarettes. Enamel pots, gas stoves, modern coffee pots, modern blankets, sleeping bags and similar things have no place here.
- Please always fill jugs, mugs, etc. in advance. There should be no cans or bottles in sight. You can hide the bottles inside the tent. It really looks better! We don’t want to see bottles and cans in the evening either!
- No modern camping chairs, garden or other chairs, benches or tables. Even if it’s covered with a fur or blanket, it doesn’t belong here. Please try to avoid modern glued boards and plywood for furniture. No flamed wood or plug-in chairs.
- Everyday items such as pottery, jewelry, etc. should also be Early Medieval.
- Lamps and light: oil lamps from the early Middle Ages or tallow lamps are very welcome, including the Oseberg lamp. The use of rawhide lamps is not authentic to our time, but we allow them. Please do not use lamps with glass or any type of modern lamp under any circumstances. Of course, flashlights are allowed on the nightly walk to the bathroom.
- Dry your modern towels out of sight. Even a sand colored terry towel behind the tent is still a modern towel. Towels made of linen are a good alternative! Old handmade linen is available for small money, for example, on ebay.
Because of the way the early medieval culture was abused in the past, we are now in the focus of the media and critics. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to use fascist and/or right-wing symbols (e.g. swastika, Irminsul, sun wheel, …) at the market on any kind of clothing, equipment, jewelry, shields, merchandise…. to use. Yes, even swastikas corresponding to the find today unfortunately belong to this point.
We reserve the right to ask you to remove merchandise, clothing or equipment that does not comply with our Kit Guide.
- Please do not use modern tools. No scissors or pliers with plastic handle, no modern tape measure, needles with plastic heads, etc.
- Strollers and modern means of transportation for children are not allowed. Wheelbarrows, hand trucks and other modern means of transportation are allowed for set up and tear down only.
- Do not use modern leashes or collars for the dogs.
- If possible, please go shopping outside the opening hours. The supermarket nearby is open from 7am to 10pm. If you must go shopping during business hours, please prepare a basket to carry the groceries.
- Photos are always another point of discussion. We know that very often you see something and would like to take a photo of it right away. But Vikings with cameras? Please try to stay out of sight as much as possible, maybe throw on a modern outfit, and then feel free to take your time strolling around and taking photos for a while.
- The museum grounds (including the field) is a non-smoking area, smoking is only allowed behind the modern building (next to the coffee machine). Illegal drugs, of any kind, are strictly prohibited throughout the whole Ringwalls area.
- No modern arrows or bows, and no crossbows – even as merchandise for sale.
Merchants and selling goods:
- All goods offered for selling must be based on historical sources and made of materials available to the early medieval Age. This includes toys for children: no double-headed axes, late medieval shields …
- We reserve the right to remove some of the goods from the assortment if they are already too often offered on the market, are not registered and the registered stand is not operated by the manufacturer of these goods. Craft has priority over trade in this case. No Swastika e.g. on trade…
If you are not sure, please ask us before registering! We will be glad to help.
The rules of the museum must be followed.
We are looking forward to a great event with you!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQ / Hávamál of the market 2023
Here you can find some information about the time of the market and its set-up, which hopefully will answer your questions.
First of all, an information for all who have not yet been to the market: The summer market is divided into two areas. Once the historic houses and secondly the adjacent meadow with a large area, which is only open to the public for the market itself. Just so you better understand what we are talking about.
1. About the market
The 2023 summer market will be held from Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16. The market hours are the same as the museum hours, 9am to 5pm daily.
1.1 Arrival and departure
We would like to give you the opportunity again this year to spend a few free days in Haithabu and maybe explore some places or other museums in the area. During a market day you don’t have time to look at anything after all.
This year the set-up is possible again from Monday, July 10, daily from noon on the meadow and after the closing of the museum from 5 pm in the houses. The last set-up day is Wednesday, July 12.
The houses will be open to the public during the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which time set-up is generally not possible. Wednesday, July 12, is the main set-up day with set-up times starting at 10 a.m. on the lawn and 5 p.m. at the houses. Complete market set-up should be completed and cars in the parking lot by 11 p.m. Wednesday evening. Dismantling is possible Sunday, July 16 from 5 pm until Monday, July 17 until 9 am at the houses and until 12 noon on the meadow.
1.2 Can I set up later than Wednesday?
No! We ask all participants to attend the market the complete time. It is not possible to set up on Thursday, Friday or Saturday! Not even in the houses! If you want to stay overnight in the houses before or after the market, please discuss this directly with the museum, as they plan the houses during the year.
All arrangements concerning the participation at the market have to be made in writing and only with the Orga itself. Either directly by e-mail to email@example.com or via the contact form on the website https://sommermarkt-haithabu.com.
Agreements made with others than the Orga are null and void and will not be considered.
2. About the car
All confirmed participants will receive a map by mail shortly before the event. In this mail all relevant, latest information will be listed again.
2.2 Can I drive to my tent?
The area of the market is divided into two sections, the meadow and the houses.
All participants who set up on the meadow can drive with their vehicle, according to instructions, to their respective stand to set up.
The participants who set up in or near the houses can only drive up to a certain point and have to carry their things from there on. We will of course let you know where you are setting up so that you can prepare while packing.
2.3 Parking / Sleeping in the car
The participants’ parking lot can be reached by foot in 5 minutes. We have a closed off meadow available. If you want to sleep in your car you are welcome to do so. However, there is no water or toilets on the parking meadow. Please do not use the field or the bushes as a toilet, we will get in trouble for that!
3. Travel expenses/ fee
Unfortunately, the museum is not in a position to cover travel or other expenses, but no fee for merchants will be charged.
4. Representation of the participants
The representation of the participants, as well as their goods and trade goods, must correspond to a chronological representation of the early mediecal age – 8th to 11th century. For this purpose there is the Kit Guide as a basis for the registration.
5. Sanitary / Water point
There is a toilet trailer and showers for the participants. A water point is also located on the site.
In general, dogs are not allowed on the site. However, the participants’ dogs may be brought in. If you sleep in the houses, please refrain from bringing dogs or discuss this with us beforehand.
They must be kept on a leash and out of sight during opening hours. The public is not allowed to bring their dogs on the premises and therefore sometimes they are a bit disgruntled when they see other dogs there.
Dogs are also to be kept on a leash in the evening. The chickens and cows are grateful for this 🙂
In general, smoking is prohibited on the entire premises for the participants and the visitors. We have set up a smoking corner for the participants. E-smokers please seek out the smoking corner as well.
Please do not smoke in the tent or secretly under the table, the visitors will catch this.
Take a short time out to smoke at the smoking corner.
The coffee machine is there too and you always meet some people 🙂
8. Fireplaces / Firewood
It is not possible to dig fire pits!!!
We ask that you to bring fire bowls. There are already existing cooking places and ovens at the houses, which everyone can use, should there be no fire bowl. Firewood will be provided, still needs to be chopped. Please bring an axe. And please don’t hoard wood, there is genuinely enough for everyone.
We have a dumpster where we can dispose of everything. Only glass must be put separately, please. Please bring garbage bags!
10. Shopping facilities
The nearby Edeka has moved a bit further away. About 20 minutes walk.There are other supermarkets in the area reachable by car.
Mostly someone goes shopping every day, feel free to join us. From Wednesday it is no longer possible to drive on the site, not even to unload the groceries. Do not carry the purchases in modern packaging such as bags or beer crates during the opening hours over the square!!!
11. Drinks and food on the market
We will have a tavern again. There will also be a food stall, and a cheese and vegetable stall are planned. Also there will be again 2 times fresh fish, Thursday and Saturday, which will be delivered at the pier.
12. Can’t I stay in a house?
There are habitable Viking houses on site. However, we do not want to make any statement as to who can be where in the house before we receive all registrations. We will have to make that somewhat dependent on booths, crafts, or young children. If a house is desired, please note this on the registration form, but be sure to include tent dimensions. Please remember, the houses are open to the public and you will not always be there. Also, you will not be alone in the houses, they are designed for up to 12 people. Priority for the houses will be given to stallholders and craftsmen.
13. Is there a battle or battle fighter practice?
There is no battle! There will be a choreographed fight show every day. If you want to hold a fighter practice, please gather yourselves in the evening. Whether it’s Codex Belli, Eastern, Western, Huscarl or whatever rules, it’s up to you. If anyone wants to hold a combat workshop, please contact us. We will let the participants know.
14. Lectures for participants
This year we want to offer lectures in the evenings again – from participants for participants. We plan to have lectures on Thursday and an open discussion on Friday, where we would like to discuss ideas and thoughts about modern reenactment as well as the development of our market with you. Everyone is welcome, the more suggestions the better. If you would like to give a presentation, please let us know directly with your registration. We are very happy about any kind of presentations!!!
15. Your visitors
If you are expecting visitors, please inform them in advance that they have to leave the museum at 5 pm. Just so that there are no discussions on site 😉
16. Workshops for visitors
Our participants have been offering workshops for visitors during opening hours for years. This has proven very successful and is gladly accepted. So if any of you would like to offer a workshop, please note this in the registration. Framework of the workshop: The visitor should be able to make something with early medieval technology to take home. Duration approx. 1 hour, costs incl. material preferably not more than 15 Euro.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
If your questions have already been explained in the above Kit Guide or FAQ, you owe us at least one bottle of champagne 😉