Man dreams of creating a Viking settlement on the Isle of Man and being “a Viking full time”

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Chriss Hall, an inhabitant of the Isle of Man, has applied to turn four acres of land in Sandygate into a Viking settlement, which people could visit to learn about the Norse history of the island.

He dreams of giving up his job in technology and becoming a “Viking full time” by constructing an authentic Viking settlement from the era, according to the BBC.

In order to create a highly authentic settlement, Halls wants to set up wooden structures. The design would enable visitors to feel like they traveled back in time, The Viking Herald reports.

Vikings are believed to have arrived on the Isle of Man in the 800s. 

Hall wants the development to include a “Folkvangr” area, meaning a “field of the people,” which visitors could visit after participating in activities on the woodland on the land.

The area would serve as a platform for numerous activities, including shield building and staged re-enactments with people trained in weapon fighting. Children would also get an opportunity to test out their own creations.

An escape for people

Hall plans to build a farmhouse, barn, and animal pens. There, farmers in traditional outfits would teach children about old practices.

“We’re hoping to have a small Viking boat burial in the field so that we can teach kids archaeology,” he noted.

His plans don’t end there – Hall wants to make his “own Manx Viking coins” that children could find and take home. 

The enthusiastic man described his vision as “an escape for people,” potentially allowing them to liberate themselves from the stresses of everyday life.

“The only thing I want from this personally is to be able to quit my office job and do this full time, be a Viking full time, and make a living, nothing more,” he added.

The island’s planning committee will consider the proposals, and people have until November 26 to submit any objections to Mr. Hall’s ideas.

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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1 Comment on "Man dreams of creating a Viking settlement on the Isle of Man and being “a Viking full time”"

  1. Michael Scrivani | 19. November 2021 at 22:43 | Reply

    The ruins of the lanse aux meadow settlement should be considered for ideas and the tourism economy should help the Manx community.
    This has promise , why not?

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