Vikings!

Adventure avaits! For Narnia! And Aslan! And no we aren’t going to let those two hobbits behind, so we have to go and pick up those two too! Alright, let’s drop the fantasy and have a look at history. We Norwegians were pretty feared as the vikings we were, and to celebrate their culture, their handcraft and their legacy, we teamed up with Iver and Matilde to be vikings for a day.

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Borrekaupangen, a viking market hosted every second year. People travel from the entire country and from abroad to attend the marked with their handcrafts to sell, or to buy, or to just relax in the athmosphere. We went with our horses to ride through the narrow market in order to set the mood a little. Horses have always been important in our history, and bringing them to such an event made an impact on a lot of the attenders.

The horses did absolutely amazing, and didn’t even spook once. We encountered a lot of things we’ve never been forced to deal with before, yet the amounts of people was probably the biggest challenge (even though the horses were completely calm, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a challenge). Children of all ages, people who have never seen horses before, old people, wheelchairs and strollers – all cramming togheter in the marked to get a look at all the crafts presented. Brego even at one point had a toddler repeatedly slapping his eye, because the parents didn’t realize you need to guide a toddler to actually pet an animal. Brego handled it very well.

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Emma

The very well planned yet increadibly spontanous photo shoot.

Alright. We all know how unpredictable life is. And this photo shoot was very well planned, Kristine was coming over from fairy far away, and I had this grand idea of my outfit and makeup and everything. 

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So I didn’t get to shower or wash my hair. I didn’t even have the time to do my makeup. For a very long period of time, we weren’t even sure we’d manage to get any pictures taken, because daylight is limited in Norway during winter. So I rushed home from work, grabbed two thick woollen sweaters, the first pair of breeches I found on the floor, threw my fringe to the side and drove like crazy to the stable.

But we managed.

With a tiny ice-less spot on the corner of the stable, we managed. Lillen couldn’t walk anywhere because his clumsy barefootness would’ve caused him to fall over. We didn’t even got the time to brush his hair. But we managed. Or, correct that; Kristine managed.

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I looked the lovechild of a raisin and a potato. But Lillen is handsome and the pictures are gorgeous. And that’s all that matters, right?

Pictures by the ever so amazing Kristine Øihaugen (you’ll find her here on Instagram). We are planning another shoot soon, and hopefully this will turn out to be as well planned as we plan to!

Emma