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Viking Culture Summer Course in Shetland

Thinking about visiting Shetland this summer? Why not join us for our three-day short course on Viking Culture.
When Jun 01, 2015 10:00 AM to
Jun 03, 2015 04:00 PM
Where Islesburgh Community Centre + field trips
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Contact Phone 01595771407
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This is a 3-day course on all things Viking, mixing field trips with daily lectures by Centre for Nordic Studies staff. 


The course will offer the chance to learn about the role of Norse heritage in Shetland’s culture, and Vikings in popular culture in general.  During an afternoon Viking games tournament, participants will learn the basics of Hnefatafl (a type of Norse chess) and Kubb (an outdoor game involving casting sticks at wooden blocks).  Optional activities will include a visit to the Up Helly Aa exhibition and sailing the replica Viking galley ‘Dim Riv’.


The Centre for Nordic Studies summer courses are now in their eighth season, having previously run popular courses in cultural traditions, folklore and other aspects of Nordic heritage. Previous Viking Culture summer courses have attracted students from locations as far flung as Australia, Iceland, Canada and the Netherlands; but the courses especially welcome local residents who are interested in Nordic culture or are looking for Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

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