Norway, Aug 7-11 2024
A unique Divine Feminine Viking Retreat in Norway led by Shaman Oriah Mirza,
with Viking DNA roots in
Norwegian Danish, Scottish, and Germanic ancestry.
This trip has been carefully curated to enliven your senses and fully immerse you into the Viking lifestyle. This is also a time to allow the deep survival warrior in you to surrender to the highest form of love, the Divine Feminine in the most exquisite and beautiful lands of Norway during the Viking festival. Whether you are a male or female this is an opportunity to feel your ancestral roots, to come full circle and to allow the magic of your history to envelope you.
If you do not have this ancestry, you can participate in the transformation of allowing the Divine Mother Goddess to remind you of your powerful Divine Feminine while being one with the warrior in you. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to go into deep magic. You will be visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and partaking in wonderful fresh Norwegian meals in this packed five-day retreat along with SO much more.
After a decade of co-leading International Retreats with Oriah's husband Riz Mirza, Oriah finally is going home to her lands of origin and would love for you to join her on a very special retreat. Not only did she trace her roots back to the Vikings but also the Saxons. So the marriage between the two warring cultures were united, the Vikings and Saxons made her true beginnings.
The true joy will be you exploring and experiencing a full Viking lifestyle and history in the beautiful land of the Norwegian Islands. We can't wait to hear from you!
If you love Vikings, this is your trip!
This is an 8-person retreat.
5 days in Norway
DAY ONE Aug 7th
Arrive in Oslo and check into your hotel (the earlier the better) So we can meet up and visit Viking sites.
All hotels are 4 star with excellent views and amenities.
We will have lunch, drive 15 min to:
Fram Museum: The Fram Museum is home to the polar exploration ship Fram, which was used by Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen on their expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. The museum also features exhibits on Viking exploration and navigation.
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Museumsveien 13 min drive from Oslo city center.
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is an open-air museum that features over 150 buildings from all over Norway, including a Viking village. Visitors can learn about Viking life and culture by exploring the village and its buildings. Both buildings are 3 min apart.
DINNER: In the evening, enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal at one of the city's many restaurants. Viking restaurants, such as the Aegir Brewpub or the Valhalla Restaurant with open grill seafood and themed authentic restaurants.
DAY TWO Aug 8
Check out of hotel and travel by domestic plane in the morning to the Lofoten Islands where the Viking Festival is held for opening day. Lofoten Islands: The Lofoten Islands are a group of islands located off the coast of Norway. The islands are known for their stunning scenery, including towering mountains, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque villages.
Arrive at The Viking Festival and Lofotr Viking Museum
The Lofotr Viking Museum is located in Borg, Lofoten, Norway. It is a reconstruction of a Viking chieftain's house, and it is the largest Viking longhouse ever found and excavated in the world. The museum also includes two Viking ships, a blacksmith's forge, and various reenactments intended to immerse the visitor in life at the time of the Vikings. Ride upon a Viking ship. Viking food and arts and crafts with Viking lifestyle demonstrated.
(photo credits from the The Viking Festival)
Who were the Vikings?
The Vikings were craftspeople, farmers, seafarers, merchants, and warriors from the Nordic countries. They lived during what is known as the Viking Era, which lasted from approximately 800 CE to 1050 CE. Vikings embarked on expeditions to other parts of Europe and beyond to trade and form new settlements, but also to conquer and plunder.
Viking Feast Welcome to a party in the way of the Vikings! The Chief and the Lady of the house welcome you to a meal in the mighty feast hall. Get to know the people of Lofotr and join us on a journey more than 1000 years back in time. Enjoy a tasty dinner in historic surroundings.
Vikings in beautiful costumes, flickering lights from oil lamps, beautiful decorations and the smell of tar and bonfires. The chiefain and the lady of the house welcome you to a meal in the mighty feast hall. The Viking Feast is an evening event in collaboration with Hurtigruten and Havila. The lady of the house will bring forth her best food; lamb tigh from Lofoten lamb with tasty side dishes and spices of local herbs. It will be a sacrifice to the Norse gods and during the meal there will be good stories, singing and dancing.
Weather: The weather can be changeable in Lofoten, also in summer. Due to large outdoor areas and many nice roads to walk, feel free to dress wind and waterproof if conditions warrant it. The footpaths are gravel and you can push a stroller along the roads/paths.
DAY THREE Aug 9th
Take a day boat trip to the Trollfjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. The Silent Trollfjord Cruise on a silent electric catamaran is a unique and environmentally friendly way to experience the beauty of Trollfjord. The catamaran is powered by electricity, which makes it very quiet and emissions-free. This allows you to enjoy the natural sounds of the fjord without any noise pollution.
The cruise typically lasts for 2-3 hours and takes you through the narrow and dramatic Trollfjord. Along the way, you will see towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation. You may also have the opportunity to see sea eagles and other marine life.
The crew of the catamaran is knowledgeable and experienced, and they will provide you with information about the history and geology of Trollfjord. They will also answer any questions you have about the local wildlife and the environment.
Enjoy Viking Food
Return to Svolvær: The catamaran will return to Svolvær harbor at the end of the cruise.
Have lunch, Shopping, back to hotel, meet for dinner.
Have dinner at a restaurant serving open-grilled seafood, such as: Restaurant Kjøkkenet. Located in a historic building that was built in 1880. The building was originally a fishing factory, and it has been carefully restored to preserve its original character. Restaurant Kjøkkenet serves traditional Norwegian cuisine, with a focus on seafood. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the availability of local ingredients. Some of the signature dishes include stockfish, cod, and halibut.
DAY FOUR Aug 10th
Leave morning and return back to Oslo
Check in to hotel
TWO OPTIONS Drive 1 hour and 13 minutes The Slottsfjell Museum in Tønsberg. Tønsberg is known for its Viking history, its beautiful scenery, and its charming harbor. The Gokstad ship is one of the best-preserved Viking ships in the world, and it is on display at the Viking Hall at the Slottsfjell Museum in Tønsberg. The Gokstad ship is a 9th-century Viking longship that was found buried in a large mound in Gokstad, Norway, in 1880. The ship is 32 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, and it could carry up to 70 warriors.
Then a 5 min walk to Tønsberg Fortress: A 16th-century fortress with stunning views of the city and the Oslofjord. It is one of the oldest and most important fortresses in Norway. Tønsberg Fortress was built in the 13th century, and it has been used to defend Norway from invaders for centuries. The fortress was particularly important during the Middle Ages, when Norway was frequently attacked by Denmark and Sweden.
DINNER Vikingodden is a seafront restaurant in Tønsberg, Norway. It serves a variety of traditional Norwegian dishes, as well as seafood and international cuisine. The restaurant is known for its stunning waterfront views of the Oslofjord.
Option TWO take a 2 hour drive to:
Ringebu Stave Church is one of the most popular stave churches in Norway, and it is well worth a visit. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of the best-preserved stave churches in the world. The church is located in the beautiful Gudbrandsdal valley, and it is surrounded by stunning scenery.
DINNER Tyrihans restaurant is located 9 miles away from Ringebu Stave Church. It should take about 19 minutes to drive there. Tyrihans is located in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley, surrounded by stunning scenery. The restaurant is located on a hill overlooking the valley, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Tyrihans serves traditional Norwegian cuisine, with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes to choose from, including everything from classic Norwegian dishes like fårikål and elggryte to more modern dishes like Arctic char and reindeer.
DAY FIVE Aug 11
Free day until you Depart for home!
What your ticket fee provides you:
Hotels, air and ground transportation within Norway, some meals, and tickets to all attractions. Guided tours and experienced shamanic conversations.
Other Fun Facts
Here are some places where you can find live folk music in Lofoten Islands near Scandic Svolvær Hotel:
Brygga: This bar and restaurant in Svolvær is located just a few minutes walk from Scandic Svolvær Hotel. They have live folk music on the weekends, especially during the summer months.
Klatrekafeen: This café and climbing gym in Henningsvær is located about 20 minutes drive from Scandic Svolvær Hotel. They have live folk music every week during the summer.
Norwegian and Viking foods:
Viking stew: This hearty stew is made with meat, vegetables, and herbs. It is often served with bread or potatoes.
Smalahove: This traditional Norwegian dish is made with a sheep's head that has been boiled and smoked. It is typically served with mashed potatoes and rutabaga.
Fårikål: This dish is made with lamb, cabbage, and black peppercorns. It is a popular dish in Norway, and it is often served during the winter months.
Elgburger: This burger is made with elk meat, and it is typically served with fries or salad.
Fiskesuppe: This fish soup is made with a variety of fish, as well as vegetables and herbs. It is a popular dish in Norway, and it is often served as a starter.
Brunost: This brown cheese is a popular Norwegian cheese. It is often served with bread or crackers.
Vafler: These waffles are often served with cream and jam. They are a popular dessert or snack in Norway.