“In other words: Norway is you. Norway is us (…) My greatest hope for Norway is that we will be able to take care of one another. That we will continue to build this country – on a foundation of trust, solidarity and generosity of spirit. That we will feel that we are, despite all out differences, one people. That Norway is one.” – 79-year-old King Harald V of Norway celebrating the diversity of his people and stressing the importance of support for refugees, religious tolerance and LGBT rights in a speech on 1 September 2016
The modern Viking ship the Draken Harald Harfagre from Norway in storage at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut till the spring where a east coast tour of he U.S. may happen. Cross your fingers it is a go!
(Also beautiful details of the ships woods carvings)
When the Vikings went raiding, colonising or trading, they went “vestrvegr” or “austrvegr” - which means the road west/east respectively. In those days the ocean and the rivers were the highways. Thus the local Scandinavian “austrvegr” is equivalent to the German “Drang nach Osten”.