Popular TV shows like Vikings and Game of Thrones have sparked an interest in Medieval lifestyles and crafts. As a response, Seljord Folk High School in Telemark, Norway has opened the world’s first Viking study.
The programme will teach everyday Viking skills like forging weapons, tools and armor, cooking with authentic equipment, tailoring and cobblery, pottery, and making jewellery. There will also be excursions to historical Viking sites where the students get to learn about Viking history, everyday life and celebrations. A trip to York, England (an old Viking settlement), is a mandatory part of the programme.
Students will also learn about shipbuilding, and they even get to sail and do maintenance on a replica Viking longship. Whether the students will be doing any actual raiding and pillaging is yet to be determined, according to the school’s website.
All 14 places on the programme have been filled this year. Applications for next year will open in February.