EXPERIENCE THE VIKING AGE WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY
In June 2019, the world’s first Digital Viking Museum opened in Oslo. This is the first of several Viking Planets to be launched in Norway and abroad in the years to come. The Viking Planet is a digital portal to the Viking age, and offers a variety of unique experiences based on the Viking heritage.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND
Onboard a Viking Ship during Battle
Through groundbreaking Virtual Reality technology, you can now step back more than a thousand years to board a Viking ship and be part of a Viking ambush on the west coast of Norway. In collaboration with Ridley Scott Creative Group and the UK’s Dimension Studio, The Viking Planet presents the world’s first scripted drama produced in virtual reality using volumetric capture. The 12-minute film called “The Ambush” won prize for best VR production 2019 in the UK.
Vikings in Their Natural Habitat
Experience SagaScope — a 270-degree cinema with compelling original Viking content and experiences. This epic 13-minute film runs four times an hour continuously as an installation where the audience can enter and exit the venue freely. Feel the spirit of the Vikings combined with spectacular nature and harsh environments.
This film is a fact-based account placing the Viking Age in the context of European history. The Viking Age began in the late eighth century and lasted until a gradual transition into the Christian faith was completed some three hundred years later. Ultimately this film takes a time travel to leap from the Futhark alphabet and the times of the Viking runes — into the digital age and the resurgence of Viking culture and storytelling in contemporary entertainment.
The Hologram Theatre
Full man-size living holograms
The Hologram Theatre employs a hundred-year-old visual trick called Pepper’s ghost. Here you will meet full man-size living holograms. With cutting edge projector technology we bring Vikings back from the tenth century to materialize and appear in 3D on a catwalk at The Viking Planet, displaying the fashion and the clothing tradition of their time.
The Selfie Zone
Share it on your Social Media
A wall-mounted screen offering motifs from The Viking Planet image archive, enabling the user to select whatever Viking universe visual setting they prefer as a background for their Selfie. The Selfie is sent back to the user’s mobile device right away, to an e-mail address, or can be shared on Instagram.
Tradition meets Technology
With the exhibit “Virtual Viking — Innovation and Tradition” The Viking Planet presents the Viking legacy in the context of contemporary technology. A digital portal to the Viking heritage using the technological tools and entertainment devices of tomorrow.
THE OPENING OF THE WORLDS FIRST DIGITAL VIKING MUSEUM
Now you can finally meet digital Vikings and experience what it was like to live in Norway 1000 years ago in the center of Oslo. To mark this, we sent a riding Viking from Avaldsnes to Oslo to hand over the sword as for cutting the opening cord on 20 June 2019.
Viking and European champion of historical launch, Per Eisten Prøys-Røhjell (Pelle), was tasked with delivering the sword which will cut the string to mark the opening of The Viking Planet. The sword has been given the name Augvaldsbaune after King Augvald, who was a king in Karmøy before Harald Hårfagre took power. Augvaldsbaune was picked up at Avaldsnes in Karmøy, the epicentre of Norwegian Viking history, and then brought to Oslo. Karmøy’s mayor Jarle Nilsen handed the sword to Pelle who then rode from Avaldsnes to Oslo in four days. The trip went from the west coast through Åkrafjorden, over Hardangervidda, through Seljord, Kongsberg and Drammen, before arriving through the caste park in the centre of Oslo.
Our combination of tradition and innovation makes The Viking Planet innovative in the world context, both in the tourism and entertainment industries. We want to make sure you have a unique experience and at the same time learn about the Viking history in an entertaining way. With this, we will strengthen the cultural and entertainment offer for both Norwegians and foreign tourists. Regardless of the knowledge of Viking history, the unique technology will make The Viking Planet an attractive adventure centre for gangs of friends, school classes and families.
As a fresh addition to the existing institutions that convey Viking history, The Viking Planet uses the world’s first drama production in volumetric capture VR with 4D chairs, the Nordic region’s first 360 cinema, a hologram theatre, and interactive screens. In this way, the Viking Age is conveyed as the world has never seen it.