The Vikings, 1958
- Kirk Douglas
- Tony Curtis
- Janet Leigh
- Frank Thring
- Ernest Borgnine
- James Donald
- Alexander Knox
- Orson Welles
visit the film locations
Bergen: Flights: Bergen Airport Flesland
Visit: the Sognefjord
Visit: Fort-La-Latte, 28, place des Lices, Rennes. (tel: +33 (0) 2220.127.116.11). Airport: Dinard-Pleurtuit-St Malo, 30 km (flights from London, Nottingham, Bristol, Birmingham, Jersey or Guernesey) or Rennes St-Jacques, 110 km.
The Vikings location: the castle of Northumbrian king Aella: Fort LaLatte, Brittany, France
Two years before Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis slug it out as Viking brothers in this boisterously butch Norse saga, filmed largely on the spectacular southwest coast of Norway. Meticulously researched and designed, the Viking village was built southwest of Gjetingsdalen, on the Maurangerfjord, across from the Fureberg waterfall, southeast of Bergen.
The Vikings location: the longboats: Nærøyfjord, near Balestrand, Norway
Photograph: iStockphoto / alexm156
The longboat scenes were filmed a little to the north, on the spectacular Sogne fjord, Nærøyfjord, near Balestrand.
The Vikings location: the final fight on the castle roof: Fort LaLatte, Brittany, France
The castle of Northumbrian king Aella (über-camp villain Frank Thring), from which Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh) is finally rescued, is the 14th century Fort-La-Latte, perched spectacularly atop cliffs on the north Brittany coast of France, between St Brieuc and St Malo.