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Module 12:
Where can I learn about Vikings and the Sami?

From the belligerent Vikings through adventurous polar explorers to today’s Sami population, in this module you will learn about Norway’s colourful cultural heritage.

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Olafr Reydarsson, Gudvangen.
Photo: Kyrre Lien


Norway’s colourful cultural heritage

Vikings, polar explorers and the Sami may not have a great deal in common, other than that they all stem from Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. But they have all influenced, or are still influencing, Norwegian society and the national identity.

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To vikinger står foran høvdingshuset på Lofotr Vikingmuseum i Lofoten
Lofotr Vikingmuseum i Lofoten.
Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik / Lofotr Vikingmuseum

Roald Amundsen og Helmer Hanssen ved siden av et norsk flagg på Sydpolen i 1911
Roald Amundsen på Sydpolen.
Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

A woman and a little boy riding a reindeer sledge in Finnmark in Northern Norway
A Sami mother and child in Tana, Finnmark.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen /

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One of your clients wants to go reindeer sledding, listen to joik performances and sleep in a lavvu tent. Where can he do that?

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Sami catching reindeer with lasso
Sami catching reindeer with lasso.
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