My Viking Life

Hi, and welcome to Everything Norwegian!  I am a Norwegian-American, first generation in my family, and as the title "Everything Norwegian" suggests, I'm very passionate about Norway!  I have dual citizenship, traveled extensively to Norway, lived there for a time as a child and spent almost every summer there with my grandparents until I was 16.  I have a Master of Science degree in education to teach middle and high school level social studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in history, but my learning and curiosity doesn't end there! In my spare time, I continue to take courses in history and language, currently focusing on Viking and Medieval Norse studies, including the Icelandic sagas and learning Old Norse!  I've also started a new hobby working with stained glass and recently completed my first project, the Luther Rose, which was first designed during medieval times, shortly after Martin Luther spread Lutheranism across Europe, including Norway (there's a photo of it in the gallery on the Home page).  I'm already on my second project, a Viking ship, which will be a birthday present to my son.


I'm here to answer all your questions and curiosities about this beautiful little country, and will be posting blogs on such topics as travel, cuisine, traditions, language, education and history... Everything Norwegian!  If you have a particular interest or question, please contact me and I will make it a point to discuss it in upcoming blogs or contact you, personally. If you would like to receive notifications, please subscribe with your email on the Home page. Takk for nå, og vennlig hilsen! Thanks for now, and friendly greetings! 

How I Got Started

I've had strong ties to Norway since birth, with Viking blood running through my veins from both sides of my family, and have spent a lot of time there over the course of 49 years!  So, it's no wonder I am constantly drawn to this amazing country and its history, and there's no doubt it's my home-away-from-home... just ask my son, he will tell you that I eat, breathe and live Everything Norwegian!  I have the fondest memories as a child, spending time with my grandparents picking berries, going fishing and crabbing, and learning how to cook traditional Norwegian food, knit and the art form called rosemaling (see photo of wooden chest and chair in the gallery).  The scent of the salty air is never far from me, along with images of the fjords, mountains, and the long, winding paths we had to walk to get to town and back home again; we never drove any where within the town limits.


I contemplated moving back to Norway, but can't bear the thought of being so far away from my son, even though he's an adult now, and starting his own life (very proud of him, by the way!).  So, I began to think, what better way to compromise than to bring Norway to me in EVERY WAY possible, while sharing this passion with others!  I got to work right away on this website, and hope you enjoy this journey with me!


In between trips to Norway, some of the things I do to bring a little bit of Norway to me (and you can try the same!), are to decorate my home very much in Norwegian style and tradition, including many of the beautiful items my grandparents made, and the walls are decorated with old black and white photos of family in their original frames from when they hung on my grandparent's walls in Flekkefjord. I often cook Scandinavian cuisine (Norwegian waffles, especially, have long become a weekly Sunday tradition and favorite of my son's!); I play a lot of Norwegian music; read books in Norwegian; and once I learned I could stream Norwegian television on my laptop, I started watching programs on NRK, Norway's national broadcasting company.  And, of course, I am out in nature as much as humanly possible, going on endless hikes and cross-country skiing in wintertime.

 

So Much To See & Do In Norway!

There are endless things to see and do in Norway, and I will try to cover as much as I possibly can, but for starters, most first-time visitors want to hike the famous Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock, shown here in the photo), which I hiked for the first time in 2015, and will again in June 2018 with my son.  It rises 604 meters (1,981 feet) above Lysefjorden in Rogaland County, and the views are nothing short of breathtaking! This hike has been completed by all ages and physical abilities, and takes about 3 hours going up, and 2.5 down.  The cost was only the equivalent of $10 in 2015, and that's just the fee to park your car for the entire day, not per person!  You can also take a tour bus that will drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day and you would only have to pay the bus fare. There is also a nice cafe, gift shop and restrooms at the bottom.  Comfortable hiking shoes are a must, and I recommend bringing a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, and dress in layers, as the weather can change pretty quickly, even in summertime!  


Be sure to check out the photo gallery back on the Home page!  There are more photos of Preikestolen, plus the quaint little town of Flekkefjord where my father is from, and the charming white houses and cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger.  Also, please keep an eye out for the "Destination of the Month".  Not only will this cover popular destinations in Norway, but also the more remote and off-the-beaten-path areas for those who want to escape crowds and see hidden gems!  In the meantime, please explore any of the drop down menus at the top of the page for quick answers and an abundance of useful information on Norway.  Kos dere alle sammen! Everyone enjoy!