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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...
Historical Bergen wharf

The History of Bergen

From a Viking trading city called Bjørgvin to the modern city we know today, Bergen's history is a fascinating one. Modern Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords and is an important economic centre...
Norwegian black metal guitarist

The Story of Norwegian Black Metal

There's more to Norway than oil and seafood. One of the country's biggest ever exports is an entire genre of music, but it’s not to everyone’s taste. What comes to mind when you think about Norwegian...
Johan Sverdrup oil field

Black Gold: Norway’s Oil Story

Norway wouldn’t be the country it is today without oil and gas. We take a look back at the history of the country’s petroleum industry. Norwegian oil and gas is Norway’s largest and most important industry....
Norway and the Schengen Area

What is the Schengen Area?

Norway's relationship with Europe is a complex one. Although not a member of the EU, the Scandinavian nation is part of the EEA and the Schengen area. Whether you live in Norway or you're just visiting,...
Fisherman in Norway

Fishing in Norway

Fancy a fishing trip to Norway? The opportunities are incredible for the keen angler but there’s a few things you need to know before you start waving your rod around. Fishing in Norway has long been...
Copenhagen cyclist in the snow in Denmark

15 Fun Facts About Denmark

From historical nuggets to modern culture, Denmark provides a lot of fascinating general knowledge. Here are some of our favourite Denmark facts. If you’re looking for some new Scandinavian knowledge to throw around at parties, then...