Where Does the Vikings' Skol Chant Come From?
The chant came to the Vikings from the Icelandic men's soccer team. After the team upset England at the Euro 2016, the national team arrived home to thousands of fans doing the "Viking War Chant." In the chant, fans raise their arms in the shape of a "V" while a drummer plays two quick beats. Fans follow with a single clap and, in the Vikings version, yell "Skol."
The scene inspired Vikings fans who began emailing the team. It had Viking in the name and fans thought their Vikings should adopt it. “It was super-intimidating, showing people together in unison. Immediately after it, I saw it and people are texting me,” Vikings Vice President of Content and Production Bryan Harper said. “Over the course of the next day, we got hundreds of emails from fans, ‘We’ve got to do this,’ and we’re the only team that can do it."