Viking Hiking is a full day adventure to the island of Hoy. Guided walk through spectacular, wild landscape, while learning about the Viking Age in Orkney. Viking food on the beach over open fire. Try your hand at Viking skills and crafts.
2018 dates: 4 July, 18 July, 3rd August, 15 August, 29 August
Viking Hiking is a full day adventure to the island of Hoy. The day starts by taking a small passenger ferry from Stromness across to the island of Hoy. From Moaness pier we walk though the roadless valley between the famous Hills of Hoy, said in local folklore to have been dropped there by a giant when the strap broke on his two straw baskets carrying soil for his garden. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fresh air and the stunning, unspoiled Orkney landscape until we reach the secluded valley of Rackwick.
Once inhabited by the Vikings, Rackwick now lies undisturbed, like a green bowl surrounded by imposing cliffs in old red sandstone. We stop on the beach, by the old stone bothy, built in a style reminiscent of a Viking longhouse.
Here, we set up camp. We are met by an outdoor cooking and wilderness survival expert, who lets us into the secrets of the Viking way of life. You will have a go at practical skills such as weaving and braiding techniques and nettle rope making.
We cook over open fire and share an authentic Viking meal by the campfire. We play games, hear Viking songs and try a Viking dance, and listen to ancient stories passed down from the Vikings in the sagas and through local tradition in Orkney.
Please wear good clothes suited to the weather. Warm and waterproof clothing may be necessary. Also please wear sturdy hiking boots. It may, at times, be wet underfoot. The hike goes through a valley where there is no road and no groomed trail. Viking food is included, but please bring a bottle of water and an extra snack should you get hungry on the way. Ferry ticket to Hoy and bus transport back to the pier is included in the price.
Starts: 9.30 am Stromness Pier for 10 am ferry
Lasts: 7 hours, you will be back in Stromness for 5 pm.
Walk length: c. 7 km / 4.5 miles (return by minibus)
9.30 am: Meet at Stromness Harbour for Hoy ferry
10.00 am: Ferry departs
10.30 am - 4.00 pm: Walk and camp activities (cooking, crafts, etc)
4.00 - 4.30: Minibus transport back to ferry
5.00 pm: Return ferry arrives in Stromness, end of tour.
See www.brodgar.co.uk/vikinghiking for more information and FAQ
Brodgar: Orkney Time Travel - Private tours - Group tours Guided tours of Orkney with expert guide, specialising in history, archaeology, literature, language, culture and folklore. Available in English and Norwegian. Time Travel tours: Visit the past! Time travel back to the old Viking Earldom of Orkney with a Viking Feast on the Beach or a Viking Voyage to Hoy. Or visit the time of Saint Magnus with an Orkney pilgrimage.