Gudvangen Viking Marked 2016

Gudvangen is one of the most spectacular location in the Norwegian fjord landscape. Surrounded by mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush birch forest, it is the ideal place to step back in time. People who love the culture of the Viking era travel here from all over Europe each summer to spend a week together to trade, talk, sing, play, and sit around the fire with old friends and kindred spirits.

I had been researching Norwegian history with a focus on the Viking period for about a year, when I came across a great blog called valkyrja.com. The blog is full of beautiful photos and lots of interesting information about the history and craft of the viking era. I also found a comprehensive overview of Viking and medieval markets in Scandinavia in 2016. Gudvangen Viking Market took place just when I was planning to visit my family in Norway.

Waterfalls at Gudvangen
Waterfalls at Gudvangen
Gudvangen Viking Camp 2016
Gudvangen Viking Camp 2016
Family By the River
Family By the River
Kjelfossen in Morning Light
Kjelfossen in Morning Light
Brading Woman's Hair
Early Morning Hair Braiding

Braiding Hair
Braiding is Both for Men and Women
Family at Camp
Getting Ready for the Day
Young Couple Enjoying the Market
Young Couple Enjoying the Market
Woman Selling Leather Wax
Woman Selling Leather Wax
 Young Women
Ready for Shopping
Woman at the Market
Woman at the Market
Happy Colors
Happy Colors
Clothing Store
Clothing Store
Ribbons
Ribbons
20 - Child with Instruments
Girl Playing Board Game
Board Game
Board Game
The Arrow Maker
The Arrow Maker
Archery on the Beach
Archery on the Beach
Old Friends Trading
Old Friends Trading
The Drummers Tent
The Drummers Tent
Musicians Getting Ready
Musicians Getting Ready
Morning Parade
Morning Parade
Morning Tea at the Arabian Pavillion
Morning Tea at the Arabian Pavilion
The Arabian Pavilion Provided Wonderful Shade on a Hot Summer Day
The Arabian Pavilion Provided Wonderful Shade on a Hot Summer Day
Middle Eastern Snacks
Middle Eastern Snacks
Honey Farmer form Lithuania
Honey Farmer from Lithuania
Sivlesteined by Stalheim
Sivlesteinen by Stalheim
Sivlefossen
Sivlefossen
View from Stalheim
View from Stalheim
Bumble Bee Collecting Nectar
Bumble Bee Collecting Nectar
A Great Rasberry Summer
A Great Raspberry Summer
A Sweet Mouthfull of Wild Rasberries
A Sweet Mouthful of Wild Raspberries
Catch the Stick
Catch the Stick

Catch the Stick 2

50 - Catch the Stick

The Knife Smith
The Knife Smith
Sharp Blades
Sharp Blades
Leather Work
Leather Work
Water Bottles
Water Bottles
The Weaver
The Weaver
Viking Ship Taking Guests Around the Nærøyfjord
Viking Ship Taking Guests Around the Nærøyfjord
Viking Ship Deatail
Viking Ship Detail
The Wrestling Master
The Wrestling Master
The Match Begins
The Match Begins

Wrestling

Wrestling Match

Ready for Battle
Getting Ready for Battle
Lineup for Sword Practise
Lineup for Sword Practice
Shield and Swords
Fighting with Shield and Sword
Couple By the Fjord
Couple By the Fjord
Nærøyfjord at Sunset
Nærøyfjord at Sunset
Long Boat by the Fjord
Long Boat by the Fjord

I cannot leave this blog post from Gudvangen without including some of the beautiful architecture that I saw during my trip to the Norwegian west coast. These structures may not strictly be viking architecture, but some of them are nearly a thousand years old, and they are built in a style that reflect the spirit of the viking era.

Borgund Stave Church
Borgund Stave Church is About Thirty Minutes Drive from Gudvangen
Borgund Stave Church - Dragon Carvings
Borgund Stave Church have Beautiful Dragon Carvings on the Gables
Farm Building at Stalheim
Farm Buildings at Stalheim
Sod Roofs are Very Common in Norway
Sod Roofs are Common in Norwegian Architecture
Farm Buildings
Shed and Outhouse
Smaller Stave Church
Smaller Stave Church
Fåberg Runestone from About 1050 AD
Fåberg Rune Stone from About 1050 AD

 

 

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