Go on a Viking Hike with Hands on History

Join Hands on History on a Viking hike in the Norwegian mountains and explore nature, survival, cooking and cultural heritage - the viking way.

Apply and register for Go Viking Hikes 2020!

«Go Viking» is a five day trip with a three day hike in Trollheimen, in the heart of Norway. This route is famous for its wild nature and is packed with cultural heritage sites dating back to the ice age. You will get the opportunity to travel Viking style; with authentic gear and clothes. Experience how man has survived in nature and discover the traces of the past. Learn how to prepare food and cook meals over an open fire, sleep under the stars and join us in sharing songs and tales.

Our team members have many years of experience organizing guided nature hikes. The hike will be both exciting, immersive and educational.

Who can join?

You don´t have to be an athlete to join the hike, but you should be able to walk for about 15 km in the terrain each day. You have to be prepared to sleep outside two out of four nights. It does not matter if you have experience in historical re-enactment or not. We will provide and lend you all necessary clothes, sleeping gear and other equipment needed for a immersive experience.

Bringing your own equipment
There is a possibility to bring equipment of your own but all items must be approved by us on beforehand. Since we can't risk any accidents or injuries (or you getting cold) due to bad equipment, we consider your personal gear in regard of both safety and authenticity. We also want to avoid that you or any of the other participants get annoyed or mislead by equipment or clothing that was not used during the Viking age. If you have something that you would like to bring, please send us detailed pictures. You are welcome to send us archaeological references if you don't agree with our decision.
Authentic Viking turn shoes/leather shoes are not allowed during the hike. This is a matter of safety. Modern hiking boots are required. You are allowed to bring Viking shoes in addition, to be used around the camp during evenings and mornings.
Bringing your own equipment does not reduce the price for the hike.

How to apply
To join you will have to send us a request by e-mail answering the questions below. We will get in touch with you via phone or Skype. HoH will decide which of the interested applicants can join in the hikes. This will be decided on the basis of the applicants' motivations, physical health and group dynamics.

Please consider your participation carefully if:
- You never have hiked in the terrain before. And by terrain, we mean bumpy and rocky terrain, not paths. Paths are flat and easy to walk compared to the terrain we have got up here.
- You're in your sixties (or older). Whatever you think, you are not as fit as you were in your 30's. If you're in your sixties, be aware that you should be unusually fit for your age to be able enjoy this hike.
- You have never hiked for three days in a row.
If you think you may get into trouble with one or some of the above mentioned aspects, please contact us for some training tips.

Available dates 2020!

June 24th – 28th

August 5th – 9th

Price: 1080€ – covers rent for all the historical gear and clothes, all food, cabin rent and local transportation.


Interested? Get in touch by sending us your application to join the Go Viking Hike 2020!

Send to: goviking@handsonhistory.no

Your email should contain:
- Name, age, city
- Skype/phone number
- A short description of yourself
- Why you want to join in the hike
- What dates you would like to join

Practical information
Evaluation of the first applicants will be done before January 1st 2020. If there's still room for more participants, we will announce a new round of applications in January.
Payment: We will send a payment link to the participants after their place on the hike is confirmed. The hike has to be paid before February 1st 2020. It is not possible to pay in installments.
Arrival and departure: We will pick up the participants at Trondheim Central station at 3 PM the first day. You have to be there in time. We will not be able to pick anybody up after 3 PM, and there is no public transport to the site. We will be back in Trondheim by 3 PM on the last day. The airport shuttle leaves every 10 minutes, and uses 40 minutes to the airport from Trondheim Central Station.