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      Dragon Island is the supposed home of all dragons in the film version of How to Train Your Dragon. It is said that Vikings have been searching for the Dragons' nest since they settled on the island of Berk. After the events of the movie, it was presumed to be uninhabited, but it was soon found to still be inhabited by various dragons in "The Night and the Fury".

Dragon Island also appears in several other Franchise media including the games Dragons: Rise of Berk and School of Dragons, as well as the Riders of Berk Comics, "The Stowaway".

Official Description

Hidden behind a veil of perpetual fog, Dragon Island was once the home of — and now the final resting place to — the massive and fearsome dragon tyrant, the Red Death. For centuries, the seafaring and warmongering Vikings of Berk launched countless campaigns to locate and raze the fabled Dragon Island in the hopes of ending the regular dragon sieges on their homeland… only to return empty-handed time and time again. But where previous generations failed, Hiccup and Toothless succeeded when they followed a strange signal heard only by dragons to the caldera at the heart of the volcanic Dragon Island. There, from deep within a pool of lava, the Red Death commanded all dragons to raid Viking villages and return with all stolen foods to feed its ravenous appetite. Upon learning of Dragon Island’s true location, Stoick the Vast led his Viking army to attack the Red Death, and nearly perished before a timely rescue from Hiccup, Toothless, and their fellow dragon riders. Berk’s victory over the Red Death came at a cost, but that sacrifice was far outweighed by the truth proven by Hiccup and Toothless: humans and dragons can and must work together for the betterment of all.
  Dragons: Race to the Edge Interactive Map  


In earlier development concepts, there was "one shared island with dragons living on one side and Vikings on the other", the island being a large icy mountain with lava seen beneath large cracks on one side of the island. Art Director Pierre-Olivier Vincent combined the fiery elements of a dragon den and the "traditional associations of an icy attic Viking environment" into a large landmass.

That's what inspired the Fire and Ice Image. [src]
  — Pierre-Olivier Vincent  

Early concerts featured more sinister exteriors, icy, desolate, foggy. Many of which were shaped like dragon heads that were somewhat hollow and lifeless, giving the island an ominous vibe. However, the team scraped them as they needed a more realistic, yet intimidating and dramatic set. They were also significantly more 'mountain' like. Director Chris Sanders wanted the islands to be shrouded in fog that blocked out the stars and other forms of navigating, dragons dominating the sky, and the shores to be populated with creepy rock towers that looked "disorienting".

The goal of the design team was to project an "eerily imposing and mysterious environment". The presence of the volcano has an infernal atmosphere, says Vincent, as there was a common association between dragons and demons.

Dragon Island is the most twisted, off-kilter, abstract, unwelcoming, pointy, and volcanic environment imaginable. It's no wonder the Vikings lost all their whenever they went to look for it. [src]
  — Kathy Alteri, Production Designer  

Earlier designs, such as Dragon Cliff by Vincent suggest more jagged, pointy edges, with a more visible glow of lava from beneath cracks and crevices.

Inside the island is meant to resemble a caldera. The modeling department sculpted a series of columns to "convey the desired shape language" of stalactites and stalagmites, then planted and scaled them throughout the interior to form a chaotic labyrinth. The team also had to build the inner sanctum of the caves, and the entrance was affectionately dubbed 'Swiss Cheese Set' by the modeling team.

It's our term of endearment for the space in which we were asked to build many holes, a task which is as difficult to model in CG as it is in physical sculpting
  — Modeling Supervisor Matt Paulson  

The set was initially meant to be a nursery, like the current Rookery, where dragons bred and baby dragons waited for their chance to fly.


The Nest is located on an island assumed to be far off from Berk (it is shown to be on the corner of the Vikings' maps). There is a perpetual heavy mist that enshrouds the sea in the surrounding area, preventing anything, save for a dragon, from finding it. The Vikings, under the leadership of Stoick the Vast, were supposedly the first generation of Vikings to be able to find it.

The island itself is simple in geography: it comprises jagged rock structures jutting out of the waters, a beach of gravel, and one, a sole volcano. Once one bypasses the mist, the chunks of stone scattered about to prove to be more than enough of a challenge for most Vikings to navigate through safely, as well as anything else without a thorough knowledge of where to go. The beach itself is peculiar in that, rather than being covered in sand, it is composed primarily of what appears to be pebbles. As a result, making contact with the ground on the island of the Dragons' Nest amplifies sound rather than muffling it as would be the case with normal sand, often tipping off the inhabitants of the island to any intruders. When Stoick the Vast stepped onto the island for the first time, all dragon activity seemed to stop immediately. Lastly, the volcano of the island, which, from the base, appears to be nothing more than a mountain, provides the physical structure of the Dragons' Nest. Along with the caverns and tunnels that wind around the periphery and inner layers of the volcano presumably live almost all dragons seen in the film. Within the pool of lava in the center, however, lives a Red Death. Though dragons have been long known to gather food from the Vikings or otherwise, it was only recently discovered that this food is delivered to the mouth of the volcano so that the Red Death may feed. Any dragons that bring back a particularly small catch or nothing at all are eaten by it.

In both the original film and the game, School of Dragons, visitors coming by air or ship must pass through Helheim's Gate, which itself is a very treacherous area to navigate.

In School of Dragons, the volcano has been occupied again by a Green Death. The volcano has active magma and many caverns and chambers within the mountain. Between the activities of the Green Death and the volcano itself, there are offshore volcanic vents spewing toxic gases out into the atmosphere around the island and out into the Archipelago. Dragons are able to tolerate the noxious fumes, but humans cannot.

Also visible in the School of Dragon's iteration of the Island is the skeleton of the deceased Red Death from the original film, as well as the broken up debris of Berk's Ships.


How to Train Your Dragon

For three hundred years, dragons lived on the island and made raids on Viking islands such as Berk. On the island in the mountain, the Red Death demanded all the dragons to give it all their food or she would eat them. Hairy Hooligan chief Stoick the Vast and his Vikings attempted to find the island before the ice sets, to no avail. The Island was then discovered by Stoick's son Hiccup, and Astrid Hofferson when Hiccup helped and trained the Night Fury Toothless. Stoick then led the tribe using Toothless to find their way through the fog bank. Once there, they attacked the dragons, scaring them away until the Red Death burst out of the mountain, destroying the ships. However, the Red Death was then defeated by Hiccup and Toothless. Most of the dragons left the island and settled on Berk.

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

This theatrical retelling of the first film shows a large screen rendition of Dragon Island. Similar to other appearances, it is a dark to a black jagged volcanic island. There are three large caverns in the side of the volcano, glowing with the magma behind it. It forms somewhat of a skull pattern on the mountain.

Dragons: Riders of Berk

When a series of incidents were blamed on the dragons during the events of "In Dragons We Trust", Stoick ordered Hiccup and his fellow riders to take their dragons to the Island to prevent more incidents.

When Alvin and his Outcasts returned to Berk in "Alvin and the Outcasts", Alvin took Hiccup to the Island for him to prove that he was the "Dragon Conqueror". It was there that Alvin realized that the Hooligans rode dragons. Alvin and his men were then marooned after being defeated by Stoick, Hiccup, and their Dragon riders. It is unclear as to how Alvin and his outcasts returned to their Island.

Dragons: Riders of Berk Comics

A stowaway named Hroar arrives at Berk and takes a great interest in Berk's dragons during the events of "The Stowaway". However, the dragons seem to be on bad behavior, and only Hiccup suspects something suspicious with the new arrival. Hroar asks Astrid to show him Dragon Island, and when they arrive, his real intentions come into play.

Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Following the Outcasts attacks with wild Dragons, Astrid arranged a training mission for the dragon riders in "The Night and the Fury", where they discover Dagur the Deranged and his army docked in the Island, prepared to hunt for Toothless after an uneventful experience back on Berk.

In "Appetite for Destruction", many dragons from different parts of the archipelago seek refuge on the Island after the Screaming Death devoured their homes. The Screaming Death then tried to sink Dragon Island, but was unsuccessful.

DreamWorks Dragons: To Berk and Beyond!

Dragon Island is mentioned only in a passage by Hiccup titled "A Dragon Rider's Pre-Flight Checklist".

Toothless and I now zoom across oceans and soar above storm systems to explore new lands like Dragon Mountain, Dragon Island, and Dragon's Edge (our newest outpost) and - best of all - new dragons!
  — Hiccup  


Dragons: Rise of Berk

The game Rise of Berk has a location called "Dragon Island" that is searchable by Toothless. However, based on the dragon eggs found at this location it the game, it is possible that the game is referring to Valka's Mountain (for example, users can find Lump, Thump, and Cloudjumper here).

Dragon Island is also mentioned in a December 2017 Gauntlet event, wherein Hiccup and Astrid travel there to follow clues on a map to find Bork's lost treasure. The clue is simply a rock with the letter "B" on it. Astrid also mentions that the "B" may have been harder to find if the Red Death were still on the island.

How to Train Your Dragon Mobile Game

This game tells the abbreviated story of How to Train Your Dragon. Dragon Island is mentioned as the 'Dragon Nest' Stoick is looking for, but is not featured.

School of Dragons

In June 2016, School of Dragons released the Expansion "Return to Dragon Island", which centered around Dragon Island. In the game, this expansion takes place after the death of Stoick. In the expansion, the player must figure out why and from where there is a toxic mist spreading across the Archipelago. Eventually, the player finds out that it is from volcanic fumes emitted by the volcano on Dragon Island. Through many quests, the player interacts with the NPC character Harald Forkbeard, the Green Death currently residing in the volcano, other NPCs, and an Eruptodon which the player eventually trains at the end of the expansion.

Also in the expansion, the player trains an adult Singetail.

Dragons: Titan Uprising

Dragon Island is the last section of the Burning Barrens. A wild Green Death named the Crimson Death resides in the volcano. The dragon acts like a 'big boss' that the player must defeat in battle in order to advance in the game.


Red Death

The Island was formerly home to the Red Death, an Alpha Dragon that enslaved other dragons. But the beast was defeated by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and Toothless in the original film.

  • The skeleton of the Red Death can be seen in the School of Dragons Expansion "Return to Dragon Island".

Green Death

In Rise of Berk and School of Dragons, a Green Death has taken up residence on Dragon Island.

Crimson Death

In Titan Uprising, the island is currently inhabited by a Green Death, called the Crimson Death.


  • A Gronckle was eaten by the Red Death when it didn't give enough fish for it in the original film. The Gronckle who was eaten by the Red Death looked smaller than other Gronckles. It might be that this Gronckle was younger than others of his species.
  • Two Gronckles made a brief appearance, fighting each other until Hiccup comes into the scene by feeding them rocks. - Dagur also managed to kill one in "The Night and the Fury".
  • Several Gronkles also attacked Bing, Bam, and Boom in "Bing! Bam! Boom!".
  • Gronckles were also recruited by Fishlegs and Astrid to defeat the Screaming Death in "Appetite for Destruction".


Hideous Zippleback

  • Some Hideous Zipplebacks served the Red Death, one notably being accidentally eaten by the dragon when it was chasing Toothless, Hiccup and Astrid in the original film.
  • Tuffnut, accidentally thought a wild Zippleback to be Barf and Belch, which chased him until they got stuck between a tree in "The Night and the Fury".
  • Many wild Zipplebacks attacked the triplet Thunderdrums in "Bing! Bam! Boom!"

Deadly Nadder

  • This species of dragon that was formerly enslaved by the Red Death, but after its defeat, they and the other dragons were freed in the original film.
  • A wild Deadly Nadder was found when it confronted Astrid, who stayed in its blind spot. The Nadder then throws its spines, which Astrid successfully avoids, and flees. A Nadder's spine was found by Dagur the Deranged who admitted that getting its spine in his leg was 'awesome' in "The Night and the Fury".
  • A blue-and-red Deadly Nadder attacked the Thunderdrum triplets, Bing, Bam, and Boom in "Bing! Bam! Boom!".
  • There were also several Nadders used to fight off the Screaming Death in "Appetite for Destruction".


Monstrous Nightmare

  • Monstrous Nightmares were among the dragons that served the Red Death in the first film.
  • A Monstrous Nightmare was encountered by Ruffnut in "The Night and the Fury". The Nightmare chased her and blasted fire at her. Somehow, she escaped it.
  • Dagur also managed to kill another Monstrous Nightmare, as he showed Hiccup its skull mounted on a stick. Another Nightmare was shown when Hiccup is 'dragon hunting' with Dagur. Dagur thought it was a Night Fury, yet Hiccup told him that it was too big. When it was revealed to be a Nightmare, Dagur tried to shoot it down anyway until Hiccup stopped him, saying that the Night Fury would find them if they do. However, this was probably just an effort to save the Nightmare from being killed in "The Night and the Fury".
  • A green Nightmare attacked Bing, Bam, and Boom in "Bing! Bam! Boom!".

Terrible Terror

  • The Terrors served the Red Death in the original film.
  • A small group of Terrors attacked Snotlout, causing him to fall into a small lake in "The Night and the Fury"
  • Terrible Terrors also attacked Dagur when he was about to kill Toothless in "The Night and the Fury".


  • In spite of being a new dragon, the Typhoomerang appears when it was awakened by Fishlegs when he walked near it in "The Night and the Fury".
  • Torch visits Dragon Island with Hroar as his rider in the Comic, "The Stowaway".


  • The riders take the baby Thunderdrums to Dragon island, where they got attacked by bigger dragons, so Thornado stays with them to help them survive in "Bing! Bam! Boom!".


  • It is interesting to note that, although the Red Death is initially depicted to live bathed in lava when it later breaks its way out of the mountainside to face the Vikings, the lava is nowhere to be seen. However, it is possible it climbed out of the lava, into the tunnel.
  • The Dragons' Nest does not itself exist in the How to Train Your Dragon book series, though it has a counterpart in Wild Dragon Cliff.
  • According to Gobber in School of Dragons, the fog around Dragon Island only existed while the Red Death was alive and subsequently disappeared after its death. A bluish fog, however, appeared along with the Green Death.
  • In the official description, Dragon Island is very far away from Berk, but in the episode "Appetite for Destruction," Hiccup's map shows it as the closest island to Berk.


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