Norse Mythology Tour in Scandinavia
Study History in Norway, Sweden & Denmark
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For the first stop in your whirlwind tour of the Scandinavian region, you’ll land in Oslo, Norway. If you get a chance and if you’re brave enough, try out some pickled herring for dinner. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the whaling industry here and it’s cultural implications.
The first stop on your tour of Norse mythology is the Oslo Viking Ship Museum. You’ll see the best-preserved Viking ships in the world, as well as carved religious artifacts made to honor the Norse gods. You’ll receive a guided tour that will tell you about the significance of these items.
Next, you’ll go to Oslo City Hall. There are 16 wooden friezes in the courtyard depicting many Norse gods and goddesses. They show important motifs of Norse mythology, including war and hate, wisdom and love, the life of the gods, and visions of the future.
Now, you’ll hop on a plane and fly to Linköping, Sweden for the next portion of your tour.
After a short car trip from the airport, you’ll arrive in Ödeshög, Sweden. This city is the site of one of the most important surviving artifacts of Norse Mythology. It’s called the Rök Rune Stone, and it’s believed to have been carved in the 9th century, making it one of the world’s oldest runic inscriptions in stone.The monolith tells the story of one of the gods and a father losing a son in battle. A tour guide will tell you the stone’s fascinating history and its significance to believers.
Now, it’s time to volunteer! You’ll head to a local school and read them a book or two about Norse myths to the kids! It’s important to teach these children about the country’s heritage and foster a love of reading.
You’ll start your morning with a short plane ride to Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm is a beautiful and colorful city, so take your time to admire it!
Your first stop is the Swedish History Museum. Its Viking exhibit highlights everyday life, showing the Vikings weren’t all raids and wars. Religion is one of the main themes of the exhibit, so take some extra time to learn about the mythology of the ancients of this land.
Next, you’ll visit Gamla Uppsala and its famous Royal Mounds. These are three grave sites that date back to the 5th and 6th centuries. It’s believed in Norse mythology that the three mounds house the gods Thor, Odin, and Freyr. Learn about these gods and wonder at this ancient landmark.
Today is your last flight until you leave for home, promise! You’ll fly to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
Once you leave the airport, you’ll stash your luggage and make your way to the Roskilde Fjord for an authentic ride on a Viking ship! It’s a full-scale reconstructed vessel and the absolute closest you can get to the real thing. Your captain will explain how the Vikings sailed and how they believed the gods affected their travels.
Next, go to the Trelleborg Viking Fortress, a real Viking castle! You can also enjoy the interactive exhibits and get the opportunity to forge a knife, shoot a longbow, or take part in warrior training.
For your second day in Copenhagen, you’ll begin your day with some authentic Danish pastries. They’ll taste 1,000 times better in Copenhagen!
Head to The National Museum. You’ll get to see many artifacts from Denmark’s history, including those from the Viking Age. The Norse gods were very important to the Vikings, so you’ll be able to see objects that include the gods’ stories and visages.
For the last stop on your tour, you’ll go to Lejre Land of Legends. It’s an open-air museum that takes you back to the time that Norse gods ruled the land. You’ll be able to learn about offerings to the gods, including what they used and on what occasions they made these offerings.
It may be time to head home, but you’ll never forget the myths and legends you learned about here. Maybe you can share them with others now, too!
Norse mythology has become more popular in recent years. You might recognize the names Thor and Loki from the Marvel cinematic franchise. But there’s more to these myths than Chris Hemsworth with a giant hammer. Travel to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden to study history and learn about these myths and the people who told them.
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