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Viking Hiking in Hoy, Orkney Nature Festival Special 14 May – FULLY BOOKED
May 14 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm£30 - £45
A full day Viking adventure in Hoy.
After meeting in Stromness by the John Rae statue at 9.30 am for a safety briefing, we lay the modern world behind us and become Vikings for the day. We take the small passenger ferry from Stromness across to the island of Hoy. From Moaness pier we walk with an expert guide (Ragnhild Ljosland) 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, you will learn the Viking names for local birds and plants, and 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. We are met by Lifolf (Mark Cook), our outdoor Viking cook, 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.
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 Moaness pier is included in the price.