Game of Thrones Star Is Hosting a Show About What it Takes to Become a Real-Life Viking Titled Ultimate Viking
Kristofer Hivju, the actor that famously played Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones, just announced that he’ll be hosting a new TV show. Ultimate Viking will be all about becoming a real-life Viking. This is for real, folks.
Ultimate Viking is a competition with the goal of showing what it takes to become a real-life Viking. The Smithsonian Channel is the driving force behind this project. Thanks to them, fans will get to enjoy eight hour-long episodes.
Obviously, the biggest news about this show (so far), is the host. Kristofer Hivju will be co-hosting alongside Gry Molvaer Hivju. Think about all the competition shows out there. Now picture the theme of this show. There’s simply no comparison.
Produced by Wildflame Productions Ltd, Ultimate Viking is already looking to be an intense show. It’s set to film in the UK and Norway, and will require a ‘custom Viking settlement’ to be built. Sounds pretty fascinating, right?
Here’s the good news: if this sounds like your cup of tea, you’re in luck! They recently just sent out a casting call for Ultimate Viking. Meaning that if you hurry, and if you’re a good match, you could find yourself competing on the show. If that is the case, we wish you the best of luck.
Realistically though, you’re going to be sitting watching it with the rest of us. So far, there’s no expected release date, which makes sense. Since filming has obviously not begun just yet. In the meantime, enjoy the casting call video.
“Each episode is rooted in authentic Viking knowledge exploring every aspect of Viking life to truly discover what it was like to live as a Viking over 1000 years ago. Cameras will follow ordinary people taking part in extraordinary expeditions under harsh Nordic conditions. The clans will compete against each other in a series of authentic and often extreme Viking survival expeditions, challenges, and tasks based on historical facts, saga literature, and archaeological evidence.
Life in Viking society is not for the faint-hearted as our cast live side by side in a real Viking settlement, with every detail authentic to the era, from the buildings to the clothes, tools, and food. Participants will need to master axes and swords, learn to forage and fish in Norway’s snow-capped mountains and master the art of sailing a Viking ship, mentored by the world’s leading Viking historians. Even in times of peace, the Vikings’ strong, cultured and sophisticated communities were fiercely competitive.”