Four Vikings were attending the meeting of the Municipal Council in Aurland yesterday. From left: Rune Lyseth, Chieftain Georg Olafr Reydarsson Hansen, Adrien Spendlow and Tove Gulbrandsen. (Photo: Arne Veum / NRK)
The four Vikings who had shown up in the Municipal Council in Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane county, got the answer they have been waiting for: After two decades, the dream of a Viking village in Gudvangen becomes a reality.
– This made the last twenty years worth the effort, says Cheiftain Georg Olafr Reydarsson Hansen to NRK Sogn og Fjordane.
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Hansen moved to Gudvangen in 1995 with the idea to build a Viking village. Since then, he has made a living as self-appointed Viking chieftain, among others as responsible for the Viking market in Gudvangen.
In a few years, you will meet the harbor and an authentic village from the Viking Age in Gudvangen at the end of the Nærøyfjord. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Now, finally the long wait has come to an end. Gudvangen Utvikling, which is behind the project, will receive a lease on a large area.
Hansen says that the good news is huge for all those who have followed the project through the years, and that more than two hundred people have signed up as volunteers and will work for free.
Georg Olafr Reydarsson Hansen developed the Viking interest at an early age.
– It probably originates from my dad who was a historian, and from grandma who gave me Snorri (Editor’s Note: the Old Norse kings’ sagas) when I was twelve. Now, I am sixty and live out the illusion of being chieftain in Gudvangen. I am treated and respected for it worldwide.
Georg Olafr Reydarsson Hansen has made a living as Viking chieftain for nearly twenty years. (Photo: Heidi Lise Bakke / NRK)
Now, they have eighteen months to deliver the plans and apply for a building permit. The goal is to get started already in the middle of July next year.
When everything is ready, they hope to have created a Viking village with authentic longhouses, guildhalls, several village houses, harbor with longships and Vikings engaged in crafts, shipbuilding and other activities.
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Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews