History

Over 1000 years ago when York was under Viking rule great celebrations took place during February called ‘Jolablot.’ The festival heralded the coming of spring and the end of winter hardships.

Invasion, Dawn of Viking York (2)

These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when York Archaeological Trust revived this lost Norse tradition.

Each year the JORVIK Viking Festival, now a firm fixture in the York calendar, highlights fascinating aspects of Viking culture and lets locals and visitors alike celebrate the Norse heritage of this great city. Explore the links to the left to find out more about the themes explored at the Festival over the years.