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Viking Visions

Iceland, Germany, Denmark

Arrive Date: July 2, 2019   End Date: July 30, 2019

Program Overview

Ever wonder where the stories of Odin and Thor originally come from? Or what roles shieldmaidens and powerful female deities like Freya played in the societies that created them? This program will take you deep into the Viking world. We begin amidst the stunning natural beauty of Iceland, where we read foundational texts of Viking mythology and wander along the paths of those who wrote the oral traditions down. We then move on to Northern Germany and Denmark, where we read sagas, historical chronicles, and modern adaptations of the myths, and visit reconstructed medieval villages, museums, music festivals, and excavated burial sites of ships and chieftains. Our journey ends on a celebratory note with a two-day Viking reenactment festival on the beaches of Aarhus, Denmark.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  22

Program CoordinatorLeigh Cocanougher


German (GER) 48. Myth and Saga in the Germanic Cultures (4 units)
German (GER) 112. Topics in German Literature (4 units)
German (GER) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Program Highlights

  • Hike around Western Iceland’s Viking-age heritage sites and stark landscapes just below the Arctic Circle.
  • Learn about medieval trade routes and culture in Northern Germany’s living history museum village “Haithabu."
  • Learn how to sail a Viking long boat on the Roskilde fjord in Denmark.
  • Be a part of the Moesgaard Viking Moot, an annual, internationally popular reenactment festival on the Danish beaches near Aarhus.
  • Enjoy day trips to Copenhagen and Hamburg and get a sense of Northern European city life.

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