Norway: From the Land of Vikings

Norway: From the Land of Vikings
80 minutes
Format: DVD
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Lake countryNorway - From the Land of Vikings will cover the entire country from south to the North Cape, the northern-most point in Europe.

We will visit all the major cities starting with Oslo the Capital and Constitution Day celebration... the biggest holiday in Norway after Christmas.

Pilgrims have been trekking to Trondhiem since the 1100's. They still do... to visit the St. Olaf Cathedral dedicated to King Olaf, first Viking leader to bring Christianity to Norway. Early day pilgrims from Germany, France and many Famous Valleycountries were fed and housed by Norwegians along the way. It's been happening for almost a thousand years.

Stavanger is the center of the oil industry Nidaroswhich has transformed Norway into a relatively wealthy nation today. Modern technology has been applied to developing the most stupendous offshore drilling platforms anywhere. Norway is the third largest exporter of oil in the world (second only to Russia and Saudi Arabia). Even so, gasoline is near $7 a gallonBergen.

Bergen is the second largest city, an old time fish market still exists along the waterfront, as well as part of the medieval city... wooden buildings which escaped the many times the city was destroyed by fire.

Cod dryingNorth, we journey over to the Lofoton Islands and some of the most surreal beauty of the country. We see rows and rows of cod drying in the sun. This used to be the major export of Norway, but declining fish stocks have forced the islanders to divert attention to tourism.

To that end, they have discovered and rebuilt the largest Viking communal house ever found. The Vikings turn out to be more than just brutal raiders... they had sophisticated housing with most advanced construction techniques, wove complex fabrics for clothing, were the first to develop sails that could sail into the wind, the first to develop a compass, the first Europeans to discover and land in FjordNorth America (500 years before Columbus). They were such accomplished sailors they were able to take cattle and sheep from Norway to Iceland across the Atlantic Ocean! A thousand years ago!

In Alta, the midnight sun warms the air to 80º Fahrenheit, even though we are 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Sami live here... people you've always called Laplanders. They have been here 10,000 years, and still depend on reindeer to some extent, as they have for centuries.

Almost all Norwegians speak English, have a relative living in America, or have visited the U.S. themselves. But they still retain a unique culture and remain a vibrant, dynamic people, determined to make a satisfying and rewarding life for every citizen in their country. How they accomplish it is a fascinating study of a success-oriented people.

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