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  • How to Start Tracing Your Scandinavian Heritage

    At the annual Viking Market in Gudvangen, Western Norway, new generations of Vikings from all over the world come together and celebrate. (Photo: Njardar Vikinglag)   By Caroline Guntur   Do you descend from the Vikings? If you claim heritage… Read More ›

  • The Traditional Christmas Market in Namsos, Central Norway

    The Christmas season is fast approaching, and this weekend many Norwegian villages and towns arrange their traditional Christmas market. In Namsos, located in the Namdalen valley in Central Norway, the tradition is kept alive through waffles with sour cream and… Read More ›

  • Looted Celtic Horse Harness Fitting Ended Up as Viking Brooch

    In the summer of 2016, this Celtic ornamental horse harness fitting was found in a Viking woman’s grave on the Agdenes farm at the mouth of the Trondheimsfjord (Photo: Åge Hojem / NTNU Museum of Natural History and Archaeology) When… Read More ›

  • The Langeid Viking Battle Axe

    The Langeid Viking Battle Axe: The original and the copy. (Photo: Vegard Vike, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo) Contrary to what many believe, battle axes from the last part of the Viking age, i.e. the 11th century, had… Read More ›

  • Old Norse Girl Names – Alphabetical List and Meanings

    Year 867 AD: Gunnhild and her friends are enjoying the summer in Central Norway. (Illustrating photo: Steinkjer Municipality / Leif Arne Holme) Old Norse Girl Names are both feminine and strong at the same time – just like the Viking… Read More ›

  • Seventeen Ounces of Roman Gold Found in Central Norway

    These gold rings of Roman origin are dating back to the period 200 to 400 AD. (Photo: Håvard Haugseth Jensen) In late September, several Roman gold rings tied together in two small bundles were found in Skaun in Central Norway,… Read More ›

  • Danish Archaeologists Strongly Disagree About Viking Colors

     Was this how the royal hall in Lejre was painted? (Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre) Recently, Danish archaeologists attended the seminar “Farverige Vikinger” (Colorful Vikings) discussing the colors on a reconstructed royal hall dating back to the Viking Age. The outcome was… Read More ›

  • Scientists Taught 23 Horses to Communicate Using Symbols

      Even Viking horses need a cover to stay warm in the Nordic winter, like this Icelandic horse that is wearing a knitted woolen “sweater”. (Photo: It should not come as a surprise that horses are intelligent animals, but… Read More ›

  • Old Norse Boy Names – Alphabetical List and Meanings

    While his father Sigvald Earl is fighting in England, his son Haakon must stay at home and participate in normal daily activities with his family. (Screen dump: NRK TV – “Newton”) There are many powerful and beautiful Norse first names…. Read More ›

  • A Magic Mountain Hike for the Future

    Light cairn: The headlights from the hikers were visible from a long distance, and the the light cairn was showing UN´s 17 sustainable development goals. (Photo: Aleksander Myklebust/Norad) Last Saturday evening, incredible 5,000 people walked together up Telemark County’s highest… Read More ›