Friday, May 17, 2013

Viking Goes to Norway

Greetings from Oslo and gratulerer med dagen! I'm in Norway with my colleague Jill Adler, art director for Viking. We've met up with Oslo-based photographer Nancy Bundt, and today we've been celebrating Norway's constitution day. It was a thrill to watch the three-hour childrens' parade stream past the palace. Who knew there were so many schools and marching bands in this city? We had an terrific view of the royal family, who never missed a beat in waving to marchers throughout the event. Of course, Norwegians throughout the city were dressed in their finest, with many wearing bunads from all areas of Norway. (Read more about Norway's beautiful bunads in our May issue.) For the most part, the weather cooperated with the celebration, and even a short rain shower toward the end of the parade didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd.

When we leave Oslo tomorrow morning, we'll fly to Bodø, and our adventure in Northern Norway begins. We'll be heading to Lofoten and Vesterålen, and then we'll hit the island of Svalbard. While we're traveling by land, sea and air, we'll be seeking out experiences and searching for stories we hope Viking readers will love. Stay tuned, and happy Syttende Mai!

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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