Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a Viking in Ireland? Of course, you probably never really thought about it. Neither did I, before visiting Dublin and seeing a curious looking bus-boat that carted around tourists wearing Viking horns, roaring at people on the streets as they zoomed by.
It was one of those things that, when Andy and I were here last time, I filed in the back of my mind in the “Something to Do with the Kids” mental folder. I knew that Kieghan would love riding in a big, yellow bus-boat around Dublin. It seemed like such a Kieghan thing to do! You can imagine, the excitement and the desire to “go on that” once he saw it for the first time!
So, knowing that it was already something fun we were willing to take part in, we bought advance tickets for a specified time on a specified date. It was good we did, too, as they were completely sold out day of.
A quick walk across St. Stephen’s Green landed us at the “docking” station, where our Viking journey would begin. For insurance purposes, infants under two were not allowed to partake in such ravenous Viking play, so Andy chose to stay back with the baby. Kieghan and I boarded onto the Viking Splash Tour bus-boat to partake in fun Viking-ness.
Our Head Viking (the driver) covered business first before setting off into the streets of Dublin. You know, covering the normal things such as we are Vikings, they are Celts (pointing to everyone not on the bus), put your arms like this, make a face like that, and roar like this, congrats you are now a true Viking! Once we covered the necessities we were quickly indulged in Viking history on a rather fun and relaxing tour.
We donned Viking horns and roared like Vikings to all the Celts on the street. We especially targeted those who were “lost” with maps, those walking down the street with coffee and foremost the other “warships” of Dublin (i.e. other tour buses!). Each time we roared, the “Celts” returned a laugh, a smile or sometimes, even a photo opportunity.
We had such a great time seeing Dublin from land and from water. That’s right, not only did we do a typical land tour, but we also got to go into the Grand Canal using the same vehicle!
Just before we set sail, we received life jackets that made us all “look like cooked lobster”, and special floaties were added to the sides of the bus-boat for stabilization in the water. After all, it was one thing to be a Viking, but being a wet Viking was a whole different story that no one wanted to experience!
After slowly sailing around the Grand Canal, we headed back on shore to wrap up the final segment of the tour.
What a great experience Kieghan and I got to have around the city!