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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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Two vikings standing in front of the main house at Lofotr Viking museum in Lofoten
Lofotr Viking museum in Lofoten.
Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik / Lofotr Vikingmuseum
Roald Amundsen and Helmer Hanssen at the South Pole in 1911
Roald Amundsen at the South Pole.
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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Sami catching reindeer with lasso
Sami catching reindeer with lasso.
Photo: C. H. / Visit Norway