Warning: soft, non-room-ruining spoilers ahead!
Right from the get-go The Viking got into it. After climbing a couple of stairs in the usual concrete, multifloored building, we opened the door to the company and was greeted by a true Viking. He had it all: rough voice, dirty clothes, unkempt hair, all while uttering his broken English with a Nordic accent. But the icing on the cake was him suddenly asking us IN DANISH what our names were. Initially thinking ‘Wow, he really got into it and learned a few Danish phrases – and quite well, too,’ I thought I’d tease him by replying in my native tongue (being Danish and all…) and adding a small question. I was truly surprised when he then replied to my question, apparently understanding me fully.
After that, we followed him into the waiting area where we could put down our stuff and prepare for the actual room. Usually the waiting areas are bland and non-thematic. Some, of course, have a couple of objects pertaining to the theme, but these guys went all in: The Viking waiting room was as immersive as some of the best escape rooms I’ve ever been to. Even the toilet and sink seemed to be made of wood and not a single modern piece of equipment stood out enough to break the immersion.
Muttering to himself (partly in English, partly in Danish), our Viking guide led us into the actual room, where the immersion continued. Beautifully made rooms with details in mind awaited us. I, of course, can’t disclose much about those, but I can say that the whole experience put this room at the top of our party’s ranking list. If I had to point out something that could have been better, it would be the use of animatronics. Even though the Viking animatronics were very well made, they stood out in the experience as chunky and out of place in the beautiful and well-done rooms. But as previously mentioned, the rest of the room made up for this, still earning it a 1st place.
Props to the entire team behind the room and last, but not least, the great employee/actor/Viking, Uri.