The idea of a perfect summer

 

sommer2sommer3sommerPhotos: Emilie Vikene

Here in the north, the winters are dark and brutal. Therefore, summer is cherished and celebrated by Norwegians. I am currently trying to plan my vacation to make the most of the time I have (in between work and thesis writing). The last week of July, I am going to distant shores to explore a new country, and I am really excited about that! However, this will probably not be the idea of a perfect summer…

Why? Simply because…I will not be attending as many viking markets as I would have liked to, and to be honest -that makes me quite sad. For a modern viking, these markets are the closest thing to an authentic viking experience in organized form. Like re-living some valued memory of the past with fellow enthusiasts. Sigh.. I will make it to Borre viking market – a day trip at least. And…There is still some sort of hope for Gudvangen as I still cling to the idea of it, refusing to let it go. Wanna know something? At one point I actually considered asking random people on IG to join me in order to lower the expenses . Luckily, one of my friends talked me out of the idea, reminding me that I would have to sleep with pepperspray under my pillow in that kind of stranger danger scenario. Haha, I wouldn’t actually have gone through with this experiment – but I think it paints a picture of how bad I would like to go. Lack of money – and lack of people to join me makes this challenging. Oh well. It’s times like these I wish blogging actually made me some cash, but in the niche world of underground blogging, it doesn’t work like that..

However, I will make this summer glorious. You can take the girl out of a viking market, but you can never take the viking spirit out of the girl. No matter where I go or what I do, it is always in some sort of Nordic spirit. Inside or outside a viking camp, it really doesn’t matter. To Hel with it- I’ll just hand stitch some new viking garb that I can strut around with in the forest. That, a bottle of mead, people I love and who love me back, is my idea of a perfect summer.

What are your plans for the vacations?

Sól, The Viking Queen

 

Advertisements

When in nature, what do you feel?

ImageImageImageI love the smell of bonfires in my hair, the feeling of soil under my fingernails, the stinging sensation of the cold, northern air. Casting runes to the echo of crows brings calmness to my ancient soul. One can sail the seven seas, only to find that there is nothing like the mystical nature in Norway. The forest clears cloudy minds and heals the deepest of battle scars. Time is well spent when connecting with the old gods, and when exploring the depths of one’s ancient soul. Our culture and our heritage lives on in our heathen hearts, and only there can it be found and brought back to new life. Dare to feel the beating rhythm, dare to walk the path we used to follow.

When in nature, what do you feel?

~The Viking Queen

Hazel Viking Bow

Image
Behold my glorious Viking Bow! Custom made by Eirik Diserud
Image
She. Practicing archery in the norse forests. Focus face on!
Image
Let me let you in on a secret – I’ve learned how to make arrows!
The master of bow making taught me how to *wink*
Image
With linen wrapped around it, and reindeer horn on the top and bottom.
Image
Please notice the Sól rune. Easy to see that it is: MINE my OWN my PRECIOUS!
*grins and strolls back into the norse forests*

Do you practice archery? 

~ Sól Geirsdóttir / The Viking Queen

Elf shoot for Fae Magazine

Image

faemagazine
faemagazine2

Some months ago, our creative team Enchanted Elements did a shoot for Fae Magazine (www.faemagazine.com) Here are some of the pictures from the shoot!

Photography by http://www.sianrobertson.com
Models: Marita Tathariel, Ian Hencher and Sól Spydsdóttir

Little did you guys know that I may occasionally appear as an elf!
What do you think about the photos?

~ The Viking Queen

www.thevikingqueen.com

The last few days, a lot of things have been going on in my Viking Kingdom
(More on this matter to come in the next few days)
Now, I have my very own domain: http://www.thevikingqueen.com which takes you directly to this blog.Image

I am curious, and your comments are always welcomed and highly appreciated.
People of Midgard ;
What do you wish to read about on my blog in the future?

~ Sól Geirsdóttir