Visti “the Viking” Skaanvad, who has been involved in Viking re-enactment for over 20 years, departed for Valhalla and the higher battlegrounds on 19th of February 2014.
Visti was well-known for his amber and Viking jewellery trading, and for his unique mead making. He started the Viking re-enactment group Saga Vikings in 1995 and in 2012, he donated his Viking ship “Fafnir,” which he had built by hand using traditional Viking tools and methods, to Abbeystowe for all to see during the festival.
Visti truly believed he was a reincarnated Viking from 1000 years ago. He grew up and played on Lindholm Høje as a child, before the area was excavated in 1952, which later revealed the huge Viking burial site that can be seen today.
In true Viking style and because it was his deepest wish, Visti was cremated with a wooden Viking ship wearing his full Viking outfit of tunic, trousers, jewellery, Viking leather shoes and fur cloak. In the graveyard of his hometown in Denmark, a runestone stands in his honour, complete with a bronze Viking longship on top. Visti the Viking will be dearly missed.
“Cattle die, kindred die, every man is mortal: But the good name never dies of one who has done well.”
Photos courtesy of Visti’s daughter, Penny.