If you’ve ever thought, ‘I wish my home smelled like a Viking feast’, we’ve some excellent news.
A brand new scented candle with that exact aroma has just been launched.
Jorvik Viking Centre has teamed up with a York-based olfactory artist to to bring the smell of Norse celebrations to all.
Jorvik is well-known for offering the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York to visitors, but this is the first aroma of a Viking feast that people can take home with them.
Room Spell’s Jorvik Feast candle is expected to be a popular souvenir for Norse-enthusiasts.
The candle was created by York resident Dan Oliver Gott, who has produced a series of unusual scented candles with a distinctly off-beat theme.
Meaty and fruity
Dan said: “If you think of Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstoppers, which could give you the taste of a full meal in a single confection, I’ve done the same with a candle – an aroma that changes as the candle burns down to create a full feast of scent, ranging from smoked meats to fresh bread, rolled oats and orchard fruits.
“And no Viking feast is complete without lashings of beer, so there is a hoppy aroma that runs throughout.”
Paul Ruxton, Jorvik’s retail buyer, said: “The recreated smells of Viking-age York have been part of Jorvik’s story since it opened in 1984, including a heady mixture of pleasant and unpleasant aromas, from apples and damp forest to rotting meat and cesspit.
“This candle definitely captures the delicious smells of a feast – you can almost imagine that this is the aroma that greets fallen warriors as they are welcomed into Valhalla.”
The Viking Centre in Coppergate will be the only place in the city where you can purchase the Jorvik Feast candle. Priced at £18.50, it has a burn time of around 42 hours.
The Magic & Mystery Shop at Monk Bar will stock three magical-themed candles: The Hex, York 1349 and Deadly Sins.