A new and somewhat unusual way for tourists to explore Dublin.

With millions of tourists expected in Ireland this year, the Viking Splash Tour hopes to offer them an alternative way of discovering Dublin.

Is it a bus? Is it a boat? No, it's a reconditioned Second World War amphibious vehicle.

The tours of Dublin operate on board a vehicle affectionately known as "ducks" which can travel on both land and water. Over twenty thousand of these vehicles were built in the United States during World War II and were designed to carry troops from ship to shore. They are now being used to transport tourists around Dublin.

Husband and wife tour operators Peter and Linda Stocks tell RTÉ News how they came up with the idea for the business seeing a gap in the market.

The duck and its passengers are driven around Dublin’s major attractions by a horn helmeted guide.

As passengers travel around Dublin, they are encouraged by their Viking clad tour guides to roar spontaneously at passers-by. The tour ends with the duck entering the water.

Viking Splash Tours is part of the changing face of Irish tourism.

Mary Finn, author of 'Out and About in Dublin’ believes that Dubliners too will enjoy a trip on board the Splash Tour saying that it’s not just for tourists.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 May 2000. The reporter is Annabel Egan.