15 September 2021 - Dear fellow reenactors and living historians,

We want to thank you all for participating in In Ancestors' Footsteps on Birka 2021. Although the circumstances were a bit different than a normal IAF, we are very happy that so many of you came from near and far to share this experience with us. Now, we are working on a evaluation sheet for you to answer so we can learn more about your experience at Birka.

The next In Ancestors' Footsteps will take place 4-10 July 2023, hopefully in our "old place" outside of Nynäshamn. One thing that can be good to take into account this time is that cotton tents will not be allowed at that event. Linen and wool is to be preferred.

Once again, thank you so much for joining us and we hope to see you again at our future event!


Cissi, Petra, Max G, Fredrik, Elisabet, Erik & Max S

The Authenticity Guide will be updated in a while, but still you can find it by following this link:

1st June 2021 - Happy announcement!

Dear reenactors!

We can now announce the happy news that we are planning to go through with a down-scaled version of the event In Ancestors’ Footsteps on Birka 2021! Although there are still certain practical details that need to be solved, we have a positive outlook on the situation as it is.

The security and health for our participants are of utter importance to us. This is why we have been, and are, following the governments corona regulations – which were updated today. In accordance with the updated corona regulations, only a limited number of people will be able to stay in the camp at the same time.

It is, however, important to remember that the situation can change rapidly during the following months. If the spread of covid worsens, the event might be cancelled. Participants who have registrered for the event will receive more information this week!

At the moment the event is full, but if you wish to stay on our reserve list please email us on

Stay safe and take care!

The organizers, Fredrik, Erik, Petra, Max S, Cecilia, Max G, Elisabet.

18th May 2021 - Summer is closing in on us

Hello reenactors and living historians,

We are very happy that so many of you want to join us at Birka this summer! As previously announced, we will have to wait for updates on the pandemic guidelines before we know if this event is possible.

Depending on pandemic restrictions we unfortunately might have to limit the number of participants accordingly.

If you have not signed up but wish to attend, send us an e-mail to sign up for the waiting list. Please note that we will only offer anyone a spot if an already registered participant cancels. Therefore the notice can be last minute, which we hope you will understand. In other words, we cannot guarantee that anyone on the waiting list will be able to attend.

Best regards,

Cissi, Max G, Max S, Fredrik, Erik, Petra, Elisabet

1st May 2021 - Last day of registration!

We are very glad that many more of you have registred for the event 2021! As you know, we are striving to organize an event on Birka. You will know if it is possible on 1st June.

Some of you trying to register for the event have made us aware that on the mobile version of this web page, the link to the registration (and authenticity guide) is not where it is supposed to be. Thank you for making us aware of that! You will find it if you keep scolling. And scrolling. As we say in Sweden, "den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge!".

If the mobile version of the web page have kept you from sending your application, don't worry. We will sort it out! Email us if you have any questions.

Stay safe!

23 April 2021 - Some good news, some bad news

Dear reenactors, living historians and visitors!

We have some goods news and some bad news.

The bad news: Due to the current situation and pandemic restrictions we cannot carry out the event ”In Ancestors’ Footsteps” 2021 as planned. There will not be a public event with visitors in Lövhagen this year. We are of course very sorry we’ve had to make this decision, but we hope to welcome back visitors again next year!

The good news: Even though the event can't be public this year, the organizers are currently striving towards a corona-safe event for the participants – i.e. reenactors and living historians. We have been in contact with Birka, who are willing to lend us an area on the museum grounds. However, since we don’t yet know what the pandemic restrictions will look like in July, we cannot give you a final answer before 1st of June.

We completely understand if many of you cannot wait until the beginning of June for a final answer on whether we can meet safely on Birka or not, and therefore choose to plan other summer activities instead of our event. For those of you who are still interested, registration is open until 1st of May, and we welcome anyone with an interest to apply. We do hope that those of you who have already applied can and want to join us on Birka, if possible.

Do not hestitate to email us if you have any questions ( You can also find us on instagram (@iforfadersspar).

Best regards,

The organizers of In Ancestors’ Footsteps

Cecilia, Petra, Erik, Max S, Fredrik, Elisabet & Max G

11 April 2021 - Do not forget to register before 1st of May

Hope you are enjoying that spring is upon us. However, don’t forget to send in your application for this years event! We are keeping our fingers crossed that restrictions for public events will be uppdated until then, although we can’t make any promises. The last day to do so is the 1st of May.

4 March 2021 - Have you registrered yet?

If you have not, here is a gentle reminder to send in your application for In Ancestors' Footsteps 2021. However, as we have stated before, we will only go through with the event if pandemic restrictions allow us to do so.

You can find the registration link at the top of this page.

10 February 2021 - Authenticity guide updated by Kalle!

Today we would like to thank Kalle Kronlund! In the authenticity guide it is stated that metal fittings on chests are not allowed. This is wrong since there are findings with lots of fitting, especially from Oseberg. So, thanks to Kalle, who notified us about that, we will change it in the guide. If you have any questions or found something of note in the authenticity guide, please don't hesitate to contact us!

4 January 2021 - Tent update!

In the autenticity guide we have previously written that cotton tents would not be allowed from 2021. However, we have decided that this goal will be postponed. Hence, cotton tents are allowed for this years event. Thank you for bringing that to our attention.

Have a great continuation of the week and stay healthy!

1 Januari 2021 - Registration is now open!

We welcome everyone of our dear fellow reenactors to apply for this year's event! Registration is open 1/1-1/5. If pandemic restrictions allow it, the event will take place 6-11 July this year. We will keep you updated, and we really hope to see you there!

8 December 2020 - Authenticity Guide

The Authenticity Guide is once again up and going! In January we will also upload some more material on how to make simple garments.

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