Viking Village Photo Session Barnegat Light

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Viking Village Photo Session Barnegat Light New Jersey


As a local to the Long Beach Island area I do the vast majority of my work here.  LBI is home to so many amazing locations for photo sessions with its amazing, natural backdrops.  If you are looking for something a little different.  The “Viking Village” in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, is actually not a historical Viking settlement but rather a modern commercial fishing port that has retained its traditional character. Here’s a brief overview of its history and significance:

  1. Foundation and Early Years: Viking Village was established in the 1920s by Scandinavian immigrants, primarily Norwegian and Swedish fishermen who settled in the area. They formed a cooperative to manage their fishing operations and to collectively market their catch.
  2. Development and Growth: Over the decades, Viking Village grew into one of the largest commercial fishing ports on the East Coast of the United States. It became known for its robust fishing industry, specializing in scallops, flounder, swordfish, tuna, and other seafood.
  3. Community and Heritage: The village has maintained a strong connection to its Scandinavian roots, reflected in its name and in the cultural heritage of its founding families. Many of the original buildings and structures have been preserved or restored, contributing to the village’s historic charm.
  4. Economic Impact: The fishing industry centered around Viking Village has been crucial to the local economy of Barnegat Light and surrounding areas. It has provided employment and economic stability for generations of fishermen and their families.
  5. Tourism and Awareness: In recent years, Viking Village has also become a tourist attraction, drawing visitors who are interested in its historical significance, its functioning as a fishing port, and the opportunity to purchase fresh seafood directly from the dock.

Viking Village in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, is not a remnant of Viking exploration but rather a testament to the enduring legacy of Scandinavian immigrants who established a thriving fishing community that continues to operate and contribute to the local economy and cultural heritage. Often the seafood you are enjoying comes directly through these docks!  There are many home decor and  here along with a local favorite coffee shop, How you brewin?  Barnegat Light is a small community but it is full of quiet LBI charm!  Viking Village is the perfect backdrop for a photo session to offer nautical and coastal vibes that are an alternative to the beach.


Jun 30, 2024

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