Strongest Viking Competition

Accepting Entries 

We are on the look out for the best Viking warriors to compete in this epic competition. Do you have what it takes?

JORVIK Viking Festival is seeking Viking warriors to compete against one another in trials of strength, skill and dexterity at the annual Strongest Viking Competition, which this year is moving to Coppergate. The winner will receive a trophy and immortalisation in the JORVIK Viking Festival Hall of Fame!

Challenges consist of heats in the following:Bad Leod the Black - Winner of the 2016 JORVIK Viking Festival 'Brawl in the Guildhall

  • Holmgang Combat
  • Dane Axe Holding
  • Shield Wrestling
  • Bragging

If you’re looking for a challenge and the chance to win the converted golden sword, send an email to with the following information:

  • Your given name, address, phone number, email address
  • Your Viking name
  • A full length, high resolution, colour photo of yourself in Viking kit

You will also need answer the following questions:

  1. How long have you been a Viking warrior for?
  2. How long can you hold a Dane Axe at arm’s length for comfortably?
  3. What experience of Viking combat/wrestling do you have?

Please submit entries to

An internal selection panel decides the contestants and notify all entrants of results by early Feb 2017. Selected entrants must be available in York on Saturday 25th February 2017.

Internal JORVIK Viking Centre representatives and independent judges will be appointed to judge competitors on the day.