2 August 2012 by Luke McCormick
Visit Denmark's fantastic 17-day showcase of Danish culture, lifestyle, food and design - ‘Imagination: Discover the Danish Spirit' - will welcome a replica Viking ship and Vikings to St Katherine Docks in London from 06 to 08 August.
It was more than 1,200 years ago that Vikings invaded Britain and they still hold an important place in Denmark's cultural heritage.
The nation is now inviting Londoners to a unique event - which is also serving as Denmark's national Olympic ‘house' - to get up close with 25 authentic Vikings to learn about old Nordic sagas and experience what it was like to live as a real Viking.
The Vikings have brought a 17.3 metre-long replica of the Viking ship, Helge Ask that will be fully equipped, armed and ready to invite visitors onboard.
Sanne Jakobsen, Project Manager of Cultural Tourism, VisitEastDenmark, said: "We are very pleased to be part of the imagination project and we are looking forward to welcome visitors to experience the Viking spirit, which is such an important part of Denmark's cultural heritage. It is our intention to show everyone that Denmark is the Viking destination by bringing the visitors back in time to the age of the Vikings."
For three days, the Vikings will set up camp and take over Marble Quay in St Katharine Docks with Norse mythology, runes, swords and lots of Viking fun.
The tales will revolve around the notorious Viking hero Beowulf, who according to legends from royal circles in East Anglia, saved a Danish King by slaying a vicious monster.
The area will be buzzing with activities related to Beowulf and visitors can experience street theatre and re-enactments, grapple with rope pulling and even witness Erik the Viking Tattooist perform his traditional art on a brave Viking.
The Imagination Denmark event runs until 29 July and will feature Danish gastronomy, cooking shows, chef events, Lego, handball and the best of
Discover the Danish spirit is a three-week festival that runs until 29 July, full of interactive events and entertainment, such as gastronomy and cooking shows, Lego and handball displays and much more.
As London transforms into a sports hub, visitors can come and take part in free Nordic fun and games and watch music and Danish sports stars live on a big screen.