HIDDEN GEM: LAND OF THE NORSE
Always believed that the Viking era was just a myth? Check out the 10 real places in Scandinavia that will make you travel back in time.
THE MOVIE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON MIGHT BE SET IN A FICTIONAL VIKING WORLD, BUT HISTORY GEEKS WILL KNOW THAT THIS MEDIEVAL ERA IS MORE THAN JUST A MYTH. TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE THIRD INSTALMENT OF THIS BELOVED ANIMATION SERIES ON 31ST JANUARY, WE’RE PAYING TRIBUTE TO LEGIT VIKING LOCATIONS IN SCANDINAVIA THAT YOU CAN VISIT IRL!
Say the word ‘Viking’ and the first three things that probably come to mind are horned helmets (though historians have since proven it’s a misconception), longships and of course, Thor. Known as seafaring norsemen, Vikings aren’t just savage pirates and barbaric invaders; they’re also the most skilled farmers, global traders and seaborne explorers of their time – from the late eighth century to the late 11th century. So if you’re interested to travel back to the age of shield maidens and courageous warriors, all you need to do is pay these countries a visit!