Norway to get world’s biggest Viking theme park

€42 million attraction to be built near Haugesund Airport

A small town in western Norway will soon be seeing a massive influx of visitors when the world’s biggest Viking theme park opens there next year.

The Vikings themselves would be shocked at witnessing an estimated 300,000 visitors a year riding rollercoasters, experiencing Viking battles and eating old fashioned feasts at Viking Land, due to open in Haugesund in 2014.

However, the exact site has not yet been chosen. The Norwegian investors behind the NOK 350 million (€42 million) project are reportedly looking for a suitable spot close to Haugesund Airport, which has four Ryanair flights a week from London Stansted.

The park is being designed by Itec, an American theme-park design firm. It will be structured around the myth of the Yggdrasil, a giant tree from Norse mythology, and will have three zones: one centred on Asgard, the land of the gods, one on nature and forest, a third on a Viking village.

The Local

[photo courtesy Visit Norway]

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