Discovering the Home of the Vikings

Story: Discovering the Home of the Vikings
Episode: 4
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 5th February 2023

Trevor begins his 15-day journey on the ‘Trade Routes of the Middle Ages’ aboard the Viking Venus in Bergen, Norway.

  • The quaint 18th century village, consisting of vibrant wooden houses, houses souvenir stores, artisan shops, restaurant bars, and cafes, and serves as the starting point to embark on the Viking journey.
  • Bergen, established in 1070 on a former Viking settlement, showcases its history as a trading port in the Hanseatic League through the well-preserved and brightly colored wooden structures of Bryggen wharf.
  • Bergen was the birthplace of the renowned composer Edvard Grieg, famous for creating some of the greatest music of the 19th century.
  • A visit to Troldhaugen, which was his home for 22 years where he lived with his wife, is an emotional experience that allows for a deeper understanding of the man and his inspiration.
  • Explore the picturesque countryside of Bergen and visit Ovre Eide Farm, a historic farm dating back to the 1500s, currently operated by the fifth generation of the Ovre Eide family.
  • Immerse yourself in the farm's rich history and learn about local heritage while indulging in traditional Norwegian delicacies such as pastries with berries and cream, and almond pralines.
  • Take some time to familiarize yourself with the renowned Dale sweaters, known for their comfort and ability to keep you warm on even the coldest days.
  • All Viking Ocean ships are Norwegian-flagged and registered in Bergen, offering you the opportunity to dock at the prime location of Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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