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Viking Thunder Clap

'Viking clapping' of Iceland fans

Iceland at the UEFA European Championship during UEFA Euro 2016, Iceland's fans became widely known for their 'viking clap' or 'volcano clap' with a 'huh' chant.

During 2018 FIFA World Cup, this clap came into the spotlight once again.


It originated with fans of Scottish club Motherwell F.C. and was passed on to the Icelandic fans when Motherwell faced Icelandic team Stjarnan in a Europa League game.[1]

Huh chant may originated with film 300[2][3]

Other teams

Canberra Raiders fans became widely known for the 'Viking clap', a nod to the viking chant recently made famous by fans of the Iceland national football team.[4][5][6][7] Similarly, fans of the Minnesota Vikings have also adopted the 'Viking clap' to show support for the team, chanting 'skol' rather than the original 'huh' chant.[citation needed]

In honouring them, the Vancouver Canucks first used the 'Viking clap' at the final career home game for now-retired Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin on April 5, 2018[8].

The Carolina Hurricanes perform a variant called "The Storm Surge."[9]


  1. ^ "WATCH: Are Motherwell the inspiration behind Iceland's 'volcano clap'?". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. ^ The KnowledgeIceland? Motherwell? Lens? Where did the 'thunderclap' originate?
  3. ^ Iceland's Chant Is Mighty, but It Comes From Scotland — via Hollywood
  4. ^ Dutton, Chris (4 September 2016). "NRL what we learnt: The Viking Clap to return for Raiders finals after record-setting win". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ Helmers, Caden (21 August 2016). "NRL talking points: Raiders fans got nuts for 'Viking Clap' and the Josh Hodgson effect". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ "NRL 2016 video: Canberra Raiders' fans do Viking clap before win over Parramatta Eels". 21 August 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ Helmers, Caden (24 August 2016). "NRL: Canberra Raiders Luke Bateman and Sia Soliola want the Viking Clap to stay". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ Williams, Rob (6 April 2018). "Henrik Sedin wants Canucks fans to keep doing the Viking Clap". Daily Hive. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. ^ Smith, Michael. "Canes Have Fun With New Win Celebration". Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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