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"This is Berk. It's twelve days north of Hopeless, and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It's located solidly on the Meridian of Misery."
Isle of Berk
Isle of Berk
Island/Location information
Names: Berk
Location: Barbaric Archipelago
Distance from Dragon's Edge 34 hours
Point(s) of Interest Dragon Hangar
Berk Dragon Training Academy
Raven Point
Tribe/Dragon Information
Viking Tribe Hairy Hooligans
Chieftain Stoick the Vast(former leader)

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III(current leader)

Dragon Species
Out-of-Universe Information
First Appearence How to Train Your Dragon (film)
The Isle of Berk is a relatively small island that's the setting of the How to Train Your Dragon movie adaptation

This island is home to the many Vikings of the Hairy Hooligan tribe and many dragons as well.


Berk, a small island that's twelve days north of Hopeless and a  few degrees south of Freezing to Death (the latter two being either figurative modes of speech or, less likely, actual, comically-named places), is located solidly on the Meridian of Misery in the Barbaric Archipelago

Berk is a rather round island, similar to an oval shape, and it looks quite small on maps. It contains many interesting, geological landforms such as rocky arches and cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, streams and several large forests. There is also a massive cavern under the village which now serves as space for dragon stables.


"This is Berk, it snows nine months of the year- and hails the other three." - Hiccup[1]
"This is Berk, boasting the kind of balmy fun-in-the-sun climate that will give you frostbite on your spleen." - Hiccup[2]
"Winter on Berk lasts most of the year. It hangs on with both hands and won't let go." - Hiccup[2]
"But it's too early for a storm, it's still winter. Devastating winter isn't due for another month!" - Hiccup[3]
"This is Berk. We've got ice, we've got snow… and we've got more ice." Hiccup[4]

Berk is known to have extremely cold, long winters and short warm summers. However, throughout most episodes and the movie, the weather seems to be clear, yet cold. Very few episodes show the weather as described by Hiccup, as most of the time Berk appears to be green and growing.

This could be more a production limitation, as rendering rain, hail and snow all the time is harder than just clear days and nights.

Notable places

A rather large number of places are introduced around Berk despite its size.


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Topo map of the village of Berk

The village is a place where the Vikings of Berk live. The village is filled with large houses with an architectural theme of dragons, and the homes are built on land with a gentle slope. However, these homes had to be constantly reconstructed or repaired after being destroyed during a dragon raid. More houses were then destroyed by Drago Bludvist's Bewilderbeast, but were repaired after his defeat.[5]

The Great Hall ( aka the Meade Hall)

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The front of the Great Hall in Rise of Berk

A large room with a large circular table at the centre, surrounded by many normal tables. This is where the Vikings gather to plan an attack, communal meals, study (if in Dragon Training), hide during bouts of bad weather (in these instances the dragons and if necessary, farm animals, stay here as well[3]), or celebrate. On the wall are portraits of all the previous chiefs and their sons, the most recent one being of Stoick and Hiccup.[6] However, in the mobile game Rise of Berk, it is known as the Meade Hall and determines the number of Vikings and dragon capacity on Berk.


A large barn exists at the base of the cliffs, and in front of it are large pens for the yaks the Vikings domesticated. Chickens, Yak and sheep are also kept here.[3]

Weapon Storehouse/The Armory

Obviously, a storehouse for weapons. Apparently there is gunpowder or some other explosive substance inside, which at one point Mildew lit to blow up the Storehouse and frame Toothless .[7]

The Docks

The Docks in Berk have large individual docks for loading and unloading large cargo into the ships. The docks are built from the large cliff of Raven Point. A wooden walkway is built above the docks to view the ships from. This is where Hiccup stood as he watched the ships sail away to the Dragons Nest[1].

The Haddock House

The Haddock house is built on top of the high slope overlooking the entire village. Their house is larger in comparison with other homes. This house is next to the Great Hall.

Main Room

The Main Room is the main room after entering. This room consists of a fire pit mainly used for cooking and heat. Further in is the large dinner table where the Haddocks have their family meals. To the left side are many large steps to the second floor and Hiccup's room. In The Terrible Twos, Stoick is shown to sleep down there.

Hiccup's Room

Hiccup's Room mainly has a wooden bed with patterns carved into the head board. On one post of the foot board is where Hiccup keeps his helmet. At the base of the bed is a small wooden chest. Beside the bed is a table and chair that Hiccup sometimes works at. There is a also a large rock slab that Toothless sleeps on.

Gobber's Blacksmithing Forge

Gobber's Blacksmithing Forge is the main blacksmithing shop of the island and was where the Vikings got their weapons during the dragon raids. The forge is spacious with many weapons inside. Lately Gobber has become a dragon dentist, so he put up a sign above the forge with a tooth on it, though the forge is still used. By the second film, it became the greatly expanded Dragon Armory where Gobber continued to practice his dragon dentistry and has dragon saddles built here[8]. Both Hiccup and Stoick worked here on saddle orders.[5]

Hiccup's Workshop

Although it's unverified, Hiccup's workshop is located inside Gobber's blacksmithing forge. This is where Hiccup works, on his own time, to build or plan to build things[1].

Mildew's House

A gloomy house built in the shadow of a cliff on the edge of the village, away and out of sight from the other houses. According to Gobber, the Vikings built it there because they find Mildew annoying.[9]

Gothi's hut

Gothi's hut in Rise of Berk

The Libary

The libary at Berk has a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made to the village.

Gothi's House

A house built high up on top of a cliff that houses the village elder.

Berk Dragon Training Academy

Once the arena where Dragon Fighting class was held, it also housed several dragon species the Vikings had captured for training the younger Vikings to fight. There was a Deadly Nadder (Stormfly), a Hideous Zippleback (Barf and Belch), a Gronckle (Meatlug), a Monstrous Nightmare (Hookfang), and a Terrible Terror (Sharpshot). Toothless was also imprisoned here a short while. It was also used for the purpose of housing the battle between the best of the Dragon Training class and a Monstrous Nightmare[1]. Later, Stoick gave Hiccup the arena to use as the Berk Dragon Training Academy, and a sign depicting Toothless was put up over the entrance.[9] The dragon cages were kept intact, as the dragons were locked up here when they were causing trouble, and also Stoick's Thunderdrum, Thornado, was locked up here with a muzzle when it was still aggressive.[10]

Raven Point

As stated in the first film, Hiccup says he shot down a Night Fury that fell just past Raven Point. Raven Point is a mountain peak filled with forests and steep cliffs. At the base of the tallest peak, lay the docks. This is notable because of a large canyon like structure between the tallest peak and another steep cliff.

The Cove

A large sunken area in the forest with rocks, tree roots, and a pond with fish. It was here Toothless crash landed once Hiccup released him, and this was where they gained each other's trust and friendship. The walls are steep enough that Toothless cannot easily get out, though he can if sufficiently motivated, as seen when he escaped to save Hiccup from Hookfang.[1] However, Vikings can easily enter and exit . Hiccup occasionally leaves Toothless here when he doesn't want him to go anywhere, as seen when he believes Toothless' aggression around Torch, the baby Typhoomerang, to be a problem and leaves Toothless stranded in the cove as punishment.[11] Stoick ordered everyone to go the cove when the Speed Stingers attacked.[12]

Dragon Stables (also known as Dragon Hangar)


The hanger on the cliff of Berk

Using the tunnels and cavern created and found following the Whispering Death and Screaming Death attacks[13], Hiccup and Gobber were able to build the stables with custom stalls for the various dragons. The stables also had storm doors. [8]

Dragon Race Stands

Following the start of Dragon Races, stands were built for the spectators with the chief's chair in the center.[5]

Caves of Jötunn

These caves were in the bowels of Berk. They were also known as the Underworld. It was here that Captain Fiske had a mining operation where he hoped that village would be swallowed up.[14]

In Dragons: Wild Skies

In the video game, Dreamworks Dragons: Wild Skies, you can travel around several areas of the Isle of Berk. It should be noted that these locations have not been seen anywhere else in the franchise, and most of the names originate from the book series.

Berk Village

The village of Berk is an area in Wild Skies which is home to the Vikings of Berk. It has several houses on a cliff, and progresses downwards to the Dragon Training Arena. The village sits on the edge of a cliff facing towards the open ocean, which has many rock formations and arches rising out of the sea. In the sky, large mountains are seen.

Unlandable Cove

Unlandable Cove features a large damp swamp and several small rock formations rising out of the murky water. There are many plants and vines around this area, and the area is very foggy. Tall trees rise out of the ground on islands in the swamp, and many arches and cliffs are scattered around the outer rim of the area. The Deadly Nadder's lair is found in this spot and the Changewing is also found here.

The Great West Ocean

This area's most prominent feature is the large bay in the middle of the area. Many arches, cliffs and rocks are found around the exterior of the area, and large land forms rise out of the middle. Various waterfalls flow from the tops of the islands and land forms into the water below. The area that can be explored on foot has several ramps that lead to higher cliffs. This is where you encounter the Scauldron.

The Woods That Howled

This area features a large forest and many giant land forms. Vines hang from the bottoms of the mountainous land forms, and at the very bottom of the area is a big thick fog. In the ground area, a large lake is found. A huge rock dome with many holes in it can be found sheltered over a cave entrance, which leads to the lair of the Gronckle as well as the Whispering Death.

Lava-Lout Island

This area has various lava pools and lavafalls around it. The main feature is the giant hollow mountain rising up in the middle, which at the very top houses the Monstrous Nightmare and the Smothering Smokebreath. In a circle around the mountain is a lava moat. It also has many spikes and spiky cliffs scattered throughout the area. The first time you enter you need a Zippleback. Sometimes there is a glitch where if you try to enter with a Typhoomerang, it will say that you need different type of dragon to enter but after a while, you are able to enter Lava-Lout Island.

Black Heart Bay

A large bay is found in the middle of the area, which leads into the ocean. Huge Islands rise out of the sea, with various trees growing on them. Arches and cliffs circle around the place. The ground area is a woodland area with a very rocky and desert area branching off the side, which leads you straight into the Hideous Zippleback's domain. A very big lake is featured lower into the area, with a gigantic waterfall splashing into it. A cave system is found behind a waterfall.

Wild Dragon Cliff

A very foresty area, Wild Dragon Cliff features many cliffs with trees dotting the tops. A giant lake sits at the bottom of the area, with a large island rising up out of it. A huge waterfall flows into the lake, and up the waterfall sits the entrance to Badmist Mountain. A giant archway rises above the waterfall. There's a crack in the mountainside which leads to the Typhoomerang's home.

Badmist Mountain

A very large area which sits at the top of the Isle of Berk. Many cliffs form a U shape, with the open part of the U facing the open ocean. Several land forms rise up from the barren ground, and a large underground lake can be found in the side of the cliff. This is Toothless' favorite spot on the island, and he can be found in a small alcove of trees on ground level. A wide-spread mist covers up the sky so only a Nightmare can get there the first time you go in due to its huge wingspan.

Wrecker's Reef

A large bay covered in constant snowfall, large spires with bridges connecting to cliff sides dot the area, which is penetrated by a large icy bay. Snow-covered trees are the only foliage. Crabs can be found in the bay. You can locate the Thunderdrum here.


Berk Crest

The Berk Crest

In the Isle of Berk, most Vikings live in houses built out of wood and do their normal jobs such as patrolling the island, farming, fishing and hunting.


"We have fishing, hunting and a charming view of the sunsets."
"Any food that grows here is tough and tasteless."

As a sea-faring people on an island, fishing provides a large source of food for Berk and their dragon companions; known species include cod, salmon, sturgeon and eel. Their animal husbandry includes yaks for milk, fur and beef, sheep for wool and mutton, and chickens for eggs and meat. They have farms that grow vegetables like cabbage, and apparently grow a cereal grain as they regularly have bread. It is known that they hunt the aggressive wild boars that live in the forests for food. They likely also forage for wild fruit and foodstuffs like apples and lingonberries from the forest. As they often wear metal armor and extensively use iron for not just weapons, it is not unreasonable to assume that there is at least one local mine or other readily accessible source.

Dragons are becoming an integral part of Berk, usually providing rapid transportation and companionship. Hiccup's Academy riders, however, are the ones that actively train for air search-and-rescue, scouting and village defense. Under Hiccup's direction, riders have learned to steer the natural instincts of trained dragons to assist with fishing and hunting. After discovering that dragons communally defecate daily at three in the afternoon, riders now use this as a fertilizer application system when appropriate. There are also dragon riders that are part of the local firefighting brigade, carrying carts of water to act as water bombers. This is changed in later years, supplemented by a water delivery system that Hiccup designed which any rider can use by pulling a rope to unleash water onto the building on fire.


"The one upside is our annual holiday. We call it Snoggletog." - Hiccup

The major annual holiday is called Snoggletog which takes place in late November or December. It is very similar to Christmas, with a structure similar to a Christmas tree put up in the center of the village, decorations are put up, and Viking children leave their helmets out so that Odin can put gifts, or "goodies", in them.[2]

In the annual Thawfest games, the vikings test their strength and courage in competition. With dragon riding now involved since the peace, the games take place over a period of at least two days, with a third for tie breakers.[15]

Another local holiday is Bork Week, celebrating Bork the Bold. As part of it, Stoick had Hiccup and the trainers put on a dragon air parade to celebrate the first Bork Week with the dragons. They also display Bork's archives in the Great Hall.

Another local holiday is Dreadfall, a holiday that is very similar to Halloween. The Meade Hall and the Whispering Death Tunnels are decorated to look like haunted houses, children dress up in costumes, and dragons have designs painted on them or are dressed up in costumes. Gobber gathers all of the children around campfires and tell them spooky ghost stories. The Night Terror is often used as a symbol of Dreadfall.

A minor holiday is Stump Day, to celebrate those who have lost their limbs.[16] There was also the Regatta, which was an annual seafaring competition used to calm the Vikings down because, as Stoick stated, "If we're not fighting against something, we are fighting against each other". In other words, it was used to blow steam and facilitate non-violent competition among the Vikings. Unfortunately, the Regatta became boring and old fashioned due to the slow pace the boats moved. Eventually the dragon riders came up with the idea of dragon racing with Stoick officially announcing the first annual Berk Dragon Race, which have since replaced the Regatta.[17]

Another minor holiday is Loki Day, which is the day to celebrate the birthday of Loki, the Viking God of Mischief and Trickery. Vikings commemorate Loki Day by pulling practical pranks and tricks on each other, which is very similar to April Fools Day. It was considered to be the Thorston twins' favorite time of the year, until the other Dragon Riders began to pull practical pranks on them.

Political System

Berk is a Chiefdom. The chief is Stoick the Vast who lives in the village with his son Hiccup. It also had a Council that discussed things such as Hiccup's search for new dragons and Dagur.[18] It's also an island of equal treatment, since both men and women can become soldiers and fight battles, rather than just men fighting. At the end of the second film, Hiccup becomes the new chief of Berk.

Dragon Species

A large variety of dragon species live on Berk and its surrounding islands. Twenty-one different species and counting have been encountered to date. The only known Night Fury lives on Berk, and the first and only Red Death encountered so far lived on an island nearby. Other recently encountered species include the Terrible Terror, Hideous Zippleback, Monstrous Nightmare, Deadly Nadder, Gronckle, Thunderdrum, Boneknapper[19], Typhoomerang[11], Scauldron, Fireworm, Whispering Death, ChangewingGrapple Grounder, and Rumblehorn.The Typhoomerang was first discovered on Berk. Timberjacks are known to fly around Berk. At the end of the second movie, the Raincutter, the Scuttleclaw, the Shovelhelm, the Snifflehunch, the Stormcutter, the Snafflefang, the Thunderclaw and Thornridge started to live on Berk.



  • For the distance from The Edge to Berk will take 34hrs as it should take at least for travling under 2 days for reaching their destiation. But this is by ship or any forms of built transportation, not dragons.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 How to Train Your Dragon (film)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gift of the Night Fury
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Logo2 Riders of Berk – "Animal House"
  4. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "Cast Out Part II"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 How to Train Your Dragon 2
  6. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man"
  7. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "In Dragons We Trust"
  8. 8.0 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon 2: Berk's Dragon World
  9. 9.0 9.1 Logo2 Riders of Berk – "How to Start a Dragon Academy"
  10. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "How to Pick Your Dragon"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Logo2 Riders of Berk – "The Terrible Twos"
  12. DOBlogo Defenders of Berk – "Frozen"
  13. DOBlogo Defenders of Berk – "Tunnel Vision"
  14. Logo2 Riders of Berk comic, Volume {{{Volume}}} – "[[{{{Title}}}|{{{Title}}}]]"
  15. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "Thawfest"
  16. Logo2 Riders of Berk – "We Are Family Part I"
  17. Dawn of the Dragon Racers
  18. Race to the Edge Race to the Edge – "Imperfect Harmony"
  19. Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon
Islands of the Barbaric Archipelago
Seen in the Books
Isle of Berk • Meathead Islands • Outcast Lands • Peaceable Country • Isle of the Skullions • Bog-Burgular Islands • Hysteria • Swallow • The Waterlands • Lava Lout Island • Murderous Island • Visithug Territory • Berserk Island • Mazy Multitudes • Bashem • Puffin Isles • Island of Silence • Isle of the Quiet Life • Uglithug Territories • Amber Slavelands • The Mystery • Frozen Isle of Nowhere • Grimbeard's Despair • Island of Tomorrow • Hero's End
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Isle of BerkDragon IslandThe BerkeryDragon Graveyard Island • The Rookery • Outcast IslandBreakneck BogChangewing IslandShip GraveyardDragon's EdgeDark Deep • Odin's Shield • Isle of NightItchy ArmpitFireworm Island • Sorrow Island • Crescent Island • Tall Tree Island • Sunstone Island • Boarhead Island • Thor Rock Island • Healer's IslandEel Island • Isle of Quiet Life • Great West Ocean • Bloodsplit Bay • Marsh of the Mad • Caliban Caves • Etenitree • Lava-Lout Island • Bedrock Bluffs • Inner Ocean • Dark Habour • Bashem • Meathead Islands • Uglythug Lands • Isles of Doom • Wrecker's Reef • Sundering Wastes • Unlandable Cove • Shivering ShoresValka's Mountain • Raven Point • Dragon's Nest • Skullien Isle • Badmist Mountain • Horrendous Point • Wild Dragon Cliff • Cliff of Eternity • Black Heart Bay • The Long Beach • The Little Isles • Drenchwood Forest • The Woods that Howled • Burned Toe Beach • Icy Wastes • Icicle Vallen • Sullen Sea • Perilous Paradise • Perilous Plateau • Overcast Island • Windswept Ruin • Everfrost Forest • Puffin Point • Sparkfire Mountain • Garthering Gulf • Evening Bay • Eerie Isle • Misty Backwoods • Frosttip Peaks • Fenrir Fen • Thor's Bluff • Eggsplorer's Edge • Chocolate Falls • Ostara Isle • Baldr's Table • Loki's Howl • Frigg's Hearth • Heimdallr's Hill • Towering Timberland • Quaking Cavern • Fort Sinister • Blighted Bog • Madman's Gully • Cliff of Forever • Maddening Marsh • Pointy Point • Glandiose Glacier • Pillaging Pillar • Far Far Away • Mother's Shield • Lullaby Briar • Tender Tides • Queen Cove • Rejuvenisle • Cavern Island • Bog of the Loud Whisper • Swarmlands • Resolution Reef • Cove of Dawn • Shadow Waters • Freya's Sanctuary • Broke Bone Beach • Grandiose Glancier • Windwood Shores • Heimdallr's Hill • Mount Valliany • Knuckebone Knoll • Bird Nesting Island • Dragon Vine Island • Scauldron Island • Island of Friga • Legendary Wing Island • Sunken City • Thunderclaw Island • Eret's Fort • Tyr Island • Speed Stinger Island • Screaming Death Island • Whispering Death Island • Glacier IslandDragon Hunter Island • Algae Island • Melody IslandIron Isle • Sleipnir Island • Wreck Reef • Pointy Point

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