The Saga of the Volsungs

Sagas are stories mostly about ancient Nordic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland...

The Scandinavian Herring Adventure

In the early Middle Ages, the sound between Sweden and Denmark was so full of herrings that the water seemed to boil. When the...
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14 Funny Facts about Scandinavia

Usually Scandinavia is associated with winter sports and fjords; countries inhabited by tall, statuesque blondes and Vikings.  Yet there is so much more to...
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Ice-Age Scandinavia

As the ice floss retreated, so the hunter-gatherers moved north, colonizing the Nordic lands and giving rise to the Viking Age. For 1.6 million years,...
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Prestigeous Prize to Norwegian Film Director

Norwegian film director Morten Tyldum won the Hollywood Director Award at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards earlier this month. Robert Pattinson, who won the...

Almost Forgotten Norwegian Romantic Painter Exhibits in National Gallery, London

When the prestigious National Gallery in London exhibits the Norwegian landscape painter Peder Balke as a modernistic pioneer it is quite an event. In 1992...

The First Inhabitants in Scandinavia

Grauballe Man, one of th first inhabitants in Scandinavia, was discovered in a Danish peat bog in 1952. The victim, in his mid-30s, had...

The world’s first sustainable destinations

As the first nation in the world, Norway has implemented a system where destinations can be environmental certified at a national level. But Norwegian sustainability...

In the Footsteps of Henrik Ibsen

Heard of Henrik Ibsen? The famous Norwegian dramatist of plays like The Wild Duck, Peer Gynt and A Doll’s House? Well, listen up... Ibsen spent his...

England Under Attack from Vikings

Vikings weren’t always victorious. A raid on Córdoba failed, and the emir sent a gift of 200 Vikings’ heads to his Moroccan ally. Some...

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