Tag Archive: Scandinavia

An Elaborate Viking Graveyard at the End of a Fjord


Norway is rife with fjords—deep, canyon-like inlets carved by glaciers that add some 10,000 miles to the country’s convoluted coastline—and at one time those fjords were rife with Vikings. Vikings settled many of these sheltered waterways, and some of those places evolved into modern towns and cities such as Eidfjord, Stavanger, and Trondheim, once the…

DNA from skeleton puts enteric fever in medieval Europe


Researchers have detected Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever, in a 800-year-old human skeleton from Trondheim, Norway. This suggests the potentially lethal disease, more common in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. Now scientists are speculating that the evolution of enteric fever could be linked to the domestication of pigs across northern Europe….

Frozen ‘In Summer’

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Is it still frigid in your area? Well on the heels of the Frozen movie review I thought I’d add a little bit of warmth to your day. I blame this weather on Queen Elsa! Watch the video below for a nice dose of summer! If you haven’t seen Disney’s Frozen I highly recommend you…

Frozen (2013) – Movie Review

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With North America stuck in the midst of an Ice Age it seems like an appropriate time to review the new Disney movie Frozen. Frozen is loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Snow Queen. Set in the medieval Scandinavia land of Arendella, Frozen tells the tale of two sisters Elsa and…

Found: Viking war lord buried in his boat

Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead. Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the…