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Famous Vikings from History

We all know the Vikings – history’s most feared and famous globetrotting pillagers. Our endless fascination with Norse prehistory makes them the ideal subject for the TV drama series that bears their name. But who were...
Painting of viking funeral

A Viking Funeral: Burial Rituals from the Norse Age

Join us on our quest to separate myth from reality in our search for the perfect journey into the afterlife. We all know Viking funerals, right? We’ve seen it on screen: a body – generally the...
Viking longhouse at Avaldsnes in Norway

Viking Homes Were Stranger Than Fiction

Inside the Viking household: portals to the dead, magical artefacts and ‘slaves’. The Vikings are more popular than ever. TV shows such as Last Kingdom and Vikings have added dramatic license to particular historical accounts, while new...
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Scandinavia’s Kalmar Union

The Kalmar Union was a personal union between Norway, Denmark and Sweden – which at the time also included much of modern Finland – under a single crown. Nowadays, the monarchies of Europe are largely ceremonial....
The Kon-Tiki raft

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

The Kon-Tiki voyage led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl was a huge success and proved beyond doubt that Polynesia could have been settled from South America. One of the great mysteries of anthropology is how Polynesia...
The forgotten witch of Norway

Norway’s Forgotten Witch

Finn-Kirsten Iversdatter was the last person to be executed for witchcraft in Central Norway, but her story was mostly forgotten. Until now. When thinking of witch trials in Norwegian history, the case of Lisbeth Pedersdatter Nypan...
The beautiful Lofoten islands in Arctic Norway, as seen from a ship

What Was Operation Claymore?

Norway's spectacular Lofoten islands were the scene of an important but lesser-known mission by the Allied forces in World War II. Nowadays, Lofoten is a huge draw for tourists owing to its stunning scenery and regular...
Viking woman standing near Drakkar on seashore

Huge Viking Ship Found Near Fredrikstad

A team of archaeologists in Norway have detected one of the largest Viking ship graves ever found using advanced radar technologies. The Oslofjord region has turned up treasure again! A team of archaeologists have discovered what...
A statue of Leif Erikson the Norse explorer

The Story of Leif Erikson

The Norse explorer Leif Erikson travelled to Newfoundland hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus ‘discovered' North America. Leif Erikson (or however you choose to spell it – see note at the end!) is one of the most...
Olav falls at the Battle of Stiklestad

The Battle of Stiklestad

Controversy surrounds one of Norway's most famous ever battles. We may never know what really happened at the Battle of Stiklestad. The Battle of Stiklestad took place in July 1030 in central Norway and saw the...