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Viking Cats: The Preferred Pets of the Northmen

Formidable warriors, fiercely protecting their territory and exploring widely to conquer new lands. No, we’re not talking about Vikings this time. Well we are, but a specific subset…Viking cats! To put another nail in the coffin...
Illustration of the Viking eternal battle with Thor and Loki

11 Viking Video Games to Play Before You Reach Valhalla

Here's our pick of the best video games with a Viking theme. Skill up on your Norse warrior battle strategy while you wait for the year's hottest release. Okay, so you’re probably not heading to Valhalla....
A modern interpretation of a Viking tafl strategy game

Viking Games: Fun & Games Then and Now

The sagas of the northmen make the perfect subject for games. We take a look at historic games played by the Vikings, along with modern video games inspired by the era. When they weren’t swashbuckling their...
Runic inscriptions in Scandinavia

Viking Runes: The Historic Writing Systems of Northern Europe

Viking runes were not for everyday use. The Northmen's history was told orally, and runes used only to record moments of great importance. Let's dive deep into the fascinating world of the Viking alphabet. We’ve talked...
Summer weather in Oslo along the waterfront

The Weather in Oslo: What to Expect in Norway’s Capital

Planning a trip to Oslo and wondering what to pack? Considering the reputation of Scandinavia, the weather in Oslo can be surprising! Let's take a look at what to expect in all seasons. If you've never...
Scandinavian socialism symbol

Scandinavian ‘Socialism’: The Truth of the Nordic Model

Global media (especially in the US) likes to portray Norway and Scandinavia as socialist. But “cuddly capitalism” is a much more accurate term. Let's take a look at the truth of the Nordic model. Depending on...
Illustration of Viking warriors and a longship

Viking Art: Carvings, Metalwork & Modern Fan Artwork

The sword-weilding Norsemen of yesteryear had quite the reputation as warriors. Perhaps it may surprise you to learn that there's plenty of Viking art from the period. If you think that ruthless, seafaring barbarians had little...
Inside a Viking Longhouse in Norway

Viking Longhouses: A Glimpse of Everyday Viking Life

Forget the raids and battles for now. Step inside a Viking longhouse to understand what everyday life was really like. You might have the impression that Vikings were constantly either sailing away to find new lands...
Historic Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway

The History of Oslo

Oslo wasn’t always the capital of Norway. And for 300 years it wasn’t even called Oslo! Read on to find out more about Norway’s biggest city. The Oslo of today is every bit a modern European...
A Viking ship approaching shore

Viking Movies: Norse Warriors on the Big Screen

The Vikings have been a constant source of cinematic storytelling since the dawn of cinema. Here’s our roundup of some of the better films you can catch on a rainy day. HBO's Vikings has led the...