How to Cosplay As a Viking

Inside of every man, no matter how pasty and pathetic his life may seem, is a burly, muscular, brutal, and blood-thirsty Viking waiting to burst out and take life by the stones. While you may not want to walk out of your office or classroom this second, hop into a longship and travel around the world (more on this later), and become a full-fledged Viking God, there are simple ways that you can express yourself and your need to get in touch with your ancient roots.


  1. Image titled Cosplay As a Viking Step 1
    To start off, you will need to do a little research about Viking society and civilization. Do as much as you can to learn about religion, food, customs, rituals, beliefs, and special cultural aspects that made the Vikings who they were.
  2. Image titled Cosplay As a Viking Step 2
    Learn Norse mythology. A good thing to learn would be Norse mythology, concerning major Norse gods and goddesses. Odin, Frigga, Frey, Freya and Thor are good ones to get into if you're just starting.
  3. Image titled Cosplay As a Viking Step 3
    Decide how to express yourself as a viking. Next, you will have to decide on how you will go about expressing your new-found Viking-dom. Some people choose to enact the Viking lifestyle and dress in heavy leather and chainmail armor. Others will choose to fuel their Viking-ness with heavy metal such as Amon Amarth, Bathory, Windir, and Battlelore. If you possess an inclining to music, this may be an appropriate route to pursue. And still, some may ignore all outward aspects of being a Viking such as costume and weapons and instead carry inside of them a deep association with the Viking life and the characteristics of a truly brutal Viking.
  4. Image titled Cosplay As a Viking Step 4
    More or less, you will need armor/weapons. Your best bet will be to find these goods at a local festival or weapon shop. Chances are good that near you is a store full of sword-building geeks who will know exactly what you're looking for. A good place to start is to get a heavy chain-mail coat and helmet as well as a Norman-style oval shield or a simple rounded one covered in hide. In addition, you will need a spear, a sword, and probably either a battle ax or a bow. If you don't have money for armor, at least get yourself a giant ax and become a Berserker.
  5. Image titled Cosplay As a Viking Step 5
    Get out there, and become a Viking! Get in a longboat with your buddies and take a city or three!


  • Yell A LOT
  • Make sure you have some seriously long, Thor-like hair. If you don't already, stop reading this and grow some.
  • If your parents, girlfriend/boyfriend, friends, relatives, teachers, or doctors think that your new undertaking is ill advised and somewhat sophomoric, they are right but remember that being a Viking isn't just a hobby or a full-time job; it's a lifestyle that they need to tolerate and respect.
  • Beards are essential to becoming a feared and hated Viking God. Achieve one.
  • Tattoos and scars are like sprinkles on a cake. More is better.


  • Your local police authority may have qualms against you wearing a sword in the bank, grocery store, or while at a PTA meeting at your child's elementary.
  • You may find yourself traveling the world, razing buildings and slaughtering villagers along the way. Be prepared to take a leave of absence from your job long enough to get your Viking on.

Things You'll Need

  • A knowledge and understanding of Viking culture and goings-ons
  • A love of Vikings
  • Weapons/Armor
  • A creative outlook for your bottled-up Viking rage
  • A good attitude

Article Info

Categories: Cosplay