How to Plan Your Dream ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Viking Vacation in Norway

     May 21, 2019

The How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy may have reached its beautiful conclusion with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, but the love for Hiccup, Toothless and the adventures they shared in Berk and beyond lives on!

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to join Universal Home Entertainment on our own HTTYD-themed adventure through Norway. We embraced our inner Viking and dragon selves by soaking in the incredible landscapes of Norway, visiting the tradition-flavored village of Flåm, getting the full dragon-riding experience on the Flåm Zipline, and finally, going full Viking in Gudvangen, where I learned I’m a killer with an axe and couldn’t make enough thread for a winter sweater if my life depended on it.

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Image via DreamWorks/Universal

Now, How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell was famously inspired by her family’s island off the coast of Scotland — another prime destination for fans looking for a Viking vacation — and of course, the bulk of the characters boast Scottish accents in the film, but Norway was a big influence on bringing the magic of Berk to life on screen. Writer/director Dean DeBlois is on the record that “Norway was incredible and inspiring in so many ways — and the light, the skies, the way color filters through at those northern latitudes definitely found its way into this movie.” In fact, the film-maker even took his department heads, including visual consultant Roger Deakins, on a team-building trip on a team-building trip to Norway to help conceptualize the world of the film

So yeah, I more or less got to journey to the real-world Berk, and you can tag along for the journey with me in the video above (just try not to judge me for how often I say “amazing” — it was an amazing experience!), or read about the highlights in the article below. And for more on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, be sure to check out my interview with DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel here.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms.

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