The Isle of Berk or just Berk is the wild and windy home of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe and a myriad of different dragons. It is the setting for most of the How to Train Your Dragon book series. In the last couple of books it is uninhabited, having been razed by the fiery breath of the dragon Furious. Though the Hooligans returned at the end of How to Fight a Dragon's Fury, and it is presumed they rebuilt Berk.
|“||Home to the Hooligan tribes, the Isle of Berk is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Barbaric Archipelago. The pirate training programme is run on this island.||”|
|— Official How to Train Your Dragon Book Website|
|“||You didn't really walk on the island of Berk, you waded - through heather or bracken or mud or snow, which clung to your legs and made them difficult to lift. It was the sort of country where the sea and the land were always falling into one another and getting mixed up. The island was shot through with holes burrowed by the water, a maze of criss-crossing underground streams. You could put your foot on a solid-looking piece of grass and find yourself disappearing up to your thigh in black, sticky mud. You could be making your way through the ferns and suddenly find yourself fording a river, waist-high and icy cold.||”|
|— How to Train Your Dragon|
|“||The Isle of Berk has been home to the Hooligan Tribes for so long as to seem like forever. It is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Barbaric Archipelago, and perhaps the best way to describe it is "wet". There are twenty-eight words for "rain" in the Hooligan language. And Berk is the kind of place where the sea is always wandering up onto land. Even at the Highest Point you can find scallop shells and dolphins' bones, thrown up by some gigantic tide or storm.||”|
|— How to Speak Dragonese|
Berk is one of the smallest islands in the Barbaric Archipelago. Although in maps it is usually drawn as quite large, this is likely the result of mapmakers exaggerating its size because of the political importance of the Hooligans. It is located very near to the center of the Archipelago, its nearest major neighbors being the Meathead Islands and the Isle of the Skullions.
Berk is known to be extremely cold and, above all, wet. Most of the isle is low lying and boggy, and it rains almost continuously, with the result that when on the isle one is waist deep in water more often than not. The storms are such that they have cast dolphin bones and lost ships even up onto the Highest Point.
|“||Berk was one of those damp places where clothes never really dried. They just became warm and wet rather than cold and wet.||”|
|— Book 2|
|“||Berk was always a wild-looking place, tree-less and boggy, heather-blown and fern-filled. And, of course, it was practically always raining, anything from a light, persistent drizzle to a drenching downpour.||”|
|— Book 2|
The Berk Bog-Rose, described in How to Break a Dragon's Heart, stings like a stinging nettle and has the scent like a cowpat. Despite its less then pleasant qualities, is became one of the symbols of the Hooligan Tribe due to the fact that it grows nowhere but Berk.
The Caliban Caves are said to be huge and complex, with the deepest cave being so dark underground it usually takes months to reach with dragons. Hiccup, Fishlegs, Alvin the Treacherous, and Toothless end up in the deepest cavern of the Caliban Caves after the battle of the Lucky Thirteen. It is here that Toothless sniffs out the Treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly inside a corridor in the cavern. Hiccup and Alvin have a swordfight until the Monstrous Strangulator (the guardian of the treasure) shows up and eats Alvin before Hiccup tricks it into killing itself.
Many wild dragons live here. So many, that this is where young Hooligan boys in the Initiation progarm go to capture wild dragons to be their hunting dragons.
During one night, three Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus show up on the long beach, the Green Death, the Purple Death, and one unnamed Sea-Dragon.
Isle of Berk on the Map of the Official How to Train Your Dragon Books Website.
NOTE: As of Spring 2018, the official website has been redesigned and key information is no longer available.
|The Barbaric Archipelago of|
|Locations of the Isle of Berk and the Meathead Islands|