A picture of Vikings in Norway

The Vikings in Norway

One of the things Norway is most famous for is the Vikings. Come with us as we tour the country to find out more. While the Vikings had settlements all over Scandinavia, throughout Europe and the...
An Arctic winter

Scandinavian Winters of Old Were Less Hygge, More Nordic Noir

There's a certain romance to winter and Christmas time in particular in modern Scandinavia, but things never used to be this way. Hygge has replaced Nordic Noir as the world’s favourite Scandi-import. But the festive season...
Example Viking longhouses

The Viking Lifestyle

The ordinary nature of how the Vikings lived day-to-day may surprise you. Whenever someone mentions Vikings, the general picture painted in the mind’s eye is of burly blonde dudes with horn-winged helmets hopping out of a...
Nordic Viking history

What Does the Word ‘Viking’ Really Mean?

Does the word Viking really mean raider? A University professor gives us the lowdown on the story behind the word. We all know about the Vikings. Those hairy warriors from Scandinavia who raided and pillaged, and...
The wealth of Norway

Why Is Norway So Rich?

The Scandinavian nation is widely understood to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But is that really true and if so, why? Historically speaking, Norway was always the poor cousin of Sweden and...
The Vikings played a big part in the history of Norway

A Brief History of Norway

A whistle-stop tour of Norwegian history, from prehistoric times to the oil era, via the Vikings. Although modern Norway has only existed for 200 years, the story of the Nordic lands is a long one. From...
Rjukan: The Heavy Water War

The Heavy Water War

The most successful act of sabotage in World War II took place right here in Norway. Often-overlooked aspects of the Second World War are the actions of resistance movements across Europe. While Norway saw only a...
Norway during the Second World War

Norway in World War II

Invaded and torn apart, left on its own by allies, what role did Norway play during the Second World War? And what impact did the war have on the country and the people there? When the...
A picture of Vikings in Norway

Viking Names

Searching for a cool Viking name for your little warrior? Look no further! More people than ever before are searching for a Norse-inspired name for their new creatures (including children). Perhaps it’s because Norway frequently tops...
Langøyene with Oslo in the background

The Capital of Norway

Which city holds the title of Norway's capital? Oslo today, but the history of the title is a fascinating story. Did you know that Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and even Copenhagen have all laid claim to the...