In among the general craziness that’s marked the first four days of the year, there’s finally some good news. Well, if you’re a Viking fan (and really, who isn’t?).

This year Johannesburg will play host to its first ever Viking festival. Yes, really. Organised by events group Alter Egos, ‘A Viking Thing’ will take place at The Moors Castle in Muldersdrift on March 3rd. That’s just under two months away, so if you need to plait any facial hair before you attend, you have plenty of time.

“What does a Viking festival offer punters?” we hear you ask. Well, according to the press release, attendees are in for a long-boatload (see what we did there) of activities and events.

Viking-themed fun and experiences include a Viking Quiz in a mead hall, a toga-honk (that’s tug-of-war to you), weapons forging, a Viking market and a boat burning. There’s also a fundraiser to help South African fighters, Fight-a-Knight, make their way to Europe to fight on the international Full Contact Medieval Combat stage in 2018.

Viking cosplay is, naturally, encouraged.

Tickets to the event cost R50 if you buy them online, or R70 at the gates on the day. Pets and kids are free, provided you keep both on a tight leash. The cost for parking on the day is R10 per car.

If all of this sounds like it’s up your street, you can buy tickets over on Quicknet, and we urge you to hurry, because space at the event is limited and they’re selling out quite quickly. May Odin light your way. Or something.