Lonely Planet Writer

Have you ever wanted to live and breathe as a Viking? Visit this virtual reality experience in Ireland

Waterford is a city in Ireland that was founded by Vikings and now you can get up close and personal with them with a unique new virtual reality experience. King of the Vikings is a completely unique experience that gives the visitor the chance experience life as it was 1000 years ago using virtual reality.

King of the Vikings team
King of the Vikings team. Image courtesy of Peter Grogan

King of the Vikings is a brand new, world-first experience that opened in the city of Waterford in Ireland last month. It has been described as a new and imaginative way to interact with storytelling. The Viking Virtual Reality Adventure is a 30-minute-long experience that involves putting on an Oculus Rift headset and leaving the city behind. Lonely Planet News spoke to David Rodgers, the marketing manager for King of the Vikings and he describes the experience as: “you are met by a Viking comb-maker, who will regale you with stories about life and are invited to don a special magical helmet that will transport you back 1100 years when you come face to face with the great heroic and legendary Viking leader Reginald, founder of the city of Waterford.”

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Image courtesy of Peter Grogan

Lonely Planet News asked David why so many people are interested in Viking culture today: “with the recent hit series like the History Channel’s Vikings and the BBC’s The Last Kingdom, the popularity of all things Viking has exploded. We have embraced this popularity.” Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland and full of Viking artefacts and relics from the past. There is a lot of history to see in the city ranging from museums, replicas of Viking artefacts and some old Norman towers and castles.

Located in Waterford's Viking Triangle, King of the Vikings is the world's first viking virtual reality experience.
Image courtesy of Peter Grogan

The experience is a combination of real actors, holograms and virtual reality, and takes place inside a replica of an old Viking settlement, David told Lonely Planet News.”You are living, breathing and seeing what it was like to be a Viking in ‘Veðrafjǫrðr’ (Waterford) at that time.”

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