THE Vikings have returned to York, ready for doom, gloom and a world-ending apocalypse.

This year’s Viking Festival will be the 30th and is themed around Ragnarok, the Norse Sagas’ version of the end of the world.

Vikings will camp in Coppergate Centre throughout the festival starting tomorrow, while Saxons will camp at the Eye of York.

The week-long festival of Viking-themed activities at several city centre locations will conclude with a march by 300 Viking warriors from Dean’s Park to Clifford’s Tower, where they will engage in an apocalyptic battle with the Saxons on the evening of Saturday, February 22.

The festival will also celebrate Jolablot, the Viking feast to mark the coming of spring.