Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions about hnefatafl come up regularly here, on the social media feeds for this site, and around the Internet in general. As I see them, I'll add them to this page.


Hi, I am interested in the Hnefatafl game, but it looks a bit complicated to me. What is the difference between this and the Viking-Game?. And what is the best book for me to get that is easy to understand?. The more I look at the different games and sizes of boards, the more confused I become. I am sure there is an easy way round this, So I do hope you can help me. Thank you for your time.


steve - 08:57, 06/04/2015

Thanks for your enquiry, Steve.

All of these games are very similar to The Viking Game; the differences between hnefatafl games aren't that great. The 37-piece game is the closest match as The Viking Game has the same number of pieces. Currently out of stock, but I'm making some more at the moment so it shouldn't be out of stock for long!

Damian Walker - 08:59, 06/04/2015

Hi everyone

It is very difficult to find a place to buy a wooden Hnefatafl. Here in Switzerland, no shop has it on stock...

Can anyone give me some shops (online), where I can order it?

Thanks fpr your help

Martin - 07:54, 12/05/2017

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