Vikings is a strategy game for 2-4 players 10 years and up. The goal of the game is to become the first player to reach your objectives. To reach your objectives you must fight for the control of counties, harbours or fight your opponents.
But matters are not as simple as they seem, because there are limits as to how many men can occupy each area; so players have to plan their attacks well. Players tax their counties and use the tax to buy new Vikings or Berserkers. You can speed your way along the shore by buying sea fares and you can also make shortcuts across the highland, but that can be costly!