Vikings, Skis, and Saunas: Test Your Nordic Know-How

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Norway is known for its scenic fjords, for having a front row seat to the Northern Lights, and for being regionally situated to experience a phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun: during the summer months, the sun will not fully set, merging one day with the next.

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Some of Norway’s national noteworthies include playwright Henrik Ibsen (A Doll’s House), composer Edvard Grieg (“In the Hall of the Mountain King”), artist Edvard Munch (“The Scream”), murder mystery author Jo Nesbø (The Snowman), and comedic musical duo Ylvis (“What Does the Fox Say?”).

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Because of their affinity for winter activities, there’s a joke that Norwegian children are born with skis on their feet, and Norwegian athletes consistently assert their prowess in winter sports during the Winter Olympic Games.

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Norway’s national heritage is deeply rooted in Viking history – the marauders, explorers, and traders of the north. There is a Viking Ship Museum in the capital city of Oslo that houses several vessels from the era when Vikings reigned supreme.

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The Agora, reportedly the largest sauna in the world, stands in Sandhornøy, Norway, as part of the SALT festival, a long-running event that pays tribute to Arctic culture through art, music, and seminars. The amphitheater-style sauna holds over 100 individuals and boasts a bar, four wood-burning stoves, a custom ambient playlist, and a generous view of the Arctic Ocean. The Agora will remain at its current location in northern Norway into 2016. At that time, the SALT festival will strike camp and set out on an international tour that includes Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and beyond. (Perhaps there should be a world record for the most well-traveled sauna too!)

 

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo courtesy of Gunnar Holmstad.

Photo credit: Gunnar Holmstad.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

Photo credit: Martin Losvik.

The Agora serves to further illustrate the international significance of the sauna, especially in colder climates. The year has started its gradual descent into autumn, making this an optimal time to purchase and install your very own home sauna. To learn more, e-mail sales@almostheaven.com or call 888.355.3050.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.salted.no/sandhorn-saunaen/

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2015/07/worlds-largest-sauna-salt-festival-norway

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3162339/It-s-one-way-stay-warm-Arctic-Circle-Inside-world-s-largest-public-sauna-Norway-room-100-people.html

http://www.visitnorway.com/en/about-norway/facts-about-norway/

http://www.chicagonow.com/no-bags-to-check/2013/09/10-awesome-things-from-norway-besides-ylvis/#image/3

http://gonorway.no/norway/articles/about_norway/2/index.html

http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/

August 31, 2015 •