Tagged: Orkney Islands

Go Viking to Scotland: part three

Time Travel tours and archaeological chocolates bring Orkney’s Viking past to life Cynthia Elyce Rubin The Norwegian American Travel widens your horizons and introduces you to interesting places and people. A highlight of my...

Go Viking to Scotland: part two

In the Orkney Islands, Vikings left traces in cathedrals, settlements, and humble grains Cynthia Elyce Rubin The Norwegian American The imposing St. Magnus Cathedral, in the heart of bustling capital Kirkwall’s town center, dominates...

Go Viking to Scotland: part one

From the Galloway Hoard exhibit in Edinburgh to the Viking-established Orkney Islands Cynthia Elyce Rubin The Norwegian American “To go Viking” was originally a verb phrase used by Scandinavians to describe traveling overseas. I...

Trows and other Norse fragments

Linguistic clues to their Nordic past linger in the modern-day Shetland and Orkney Islands Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. While reading British-born author Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Island series, I became curious about her inclusion of...

Book review: The Orkneyinga Saga

Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Who were the Vikings? When this question is asked, what usually comes to mind? Images of violent Norsemen, jumping into their well-crafted ships to go off to raid, plunder,...