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Published : 2017-11-09 22:39:17
Categories : Norway Shop BLOG

VISITING NORWAY? TOP 10 SOUVENIRS TO BRING BACK HOME!

If you found your way to Norway, you definitely do not want to leave this beautiful Scandinavian country without getting something inspired by the rich culture and nature in Norway. We believe these items will help you to remember Norway in all its glory.

  1. Lucky Trolls

Trolls are believed to be the very first inhabitants of Norway, already living in the mountains in ancient times when all the land was covered in ice.

Trolls are creatures of different dimensions, but there are some common features they share: they all have only four fingers and a cow-looking tail, and their noses are so long and red that they are said to be used for stirring soups.

These creatures can only be seen at dusk or night time since the sunlight will turn them into stone or even make them crack! There are contrasting descriptions of their characters, since they can be mean and friendly at the same time. If you walk through the Norwegian forests and you see a sparkle in the dark, it might just be a troll blinking at you! Small troll figures are said to be lucky and there are so many different kinds that you will definitely find the perfect one to protect your beloved ones!

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Happy Family Trolls

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When they get sunshine, they turn to stone!

2. VIKINGS

Vikings were warriors, craftsmen, and traders coming from the coastal areas of Scandinavia. They are well-known for their courage, their abilities and also their violence. Nowadays, the Viking mythology and traditional symbols are very charming. Viking figures are popular and easy to find, as well as reproductions of the famous thin and longships which were used to conquer new territories and to carry food and fresh water to the villages of ancient Norway. The original symbols of the Viking and Norse mythology can be found on lucky-charms, pendants and other types of jewels.

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Always in battles to conquer lands

3. PEWTER DECORATIONS

Since the Roman times, people in Norway showed a great talent for handicraft. Tools, wedding presents, and many other objects were, and still are, realized in pewter - this dark and dull material can be mixed with tin and copper according to the needs of the craftsmen, the resulting product would then have different quality levels. Pewter decorations are extremely original and popular; you can easily find jewels, bowls and plates, buttons/clasps and cheese slicers made of this material which can carry some other expressions of Norway, such as horses, ancient houses or the Stave churches and Viking patterns.

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Norwegian mid-century pewter vase

4. NORWEGIAN SWEATERS AND WOOL KNITWEAR

the Norwegian knitting tradition started to gain ground from the 19th century and is now more popular than ever.

Initially, only natural colors were used for sweaters, cardigans, and accessories, until the first two colored models were knitted in the 1920s- two evergreen classics, Setesdal and Fana.

Later on, in 1953, a pattern inspired by the Setesdal one charmed the entire world: the Marius pattern.

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The birth of Marius pattern, 1953

The world of the Norwegian patterns is huge and surprising. As a matter of fact, the patterns were mostly inspired by the carved and painted door frames of rural houses and farms, known as Rosemaling (decorative painting). Once again, nature is the main initial inspiration. The paintings, as well as the knitting patterns, tried to reproduce the design of flowers, grasses and even animals using bright and vibrant colors. Many of those details can also be found in the embroideries and details of the Bunad, the traditional Norwegian costume.

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Norwegian Bunad Costume, Photo by Рустем Адагамов

In 1879, one of the most renowned factories was born, Dale of Norway. Here, thanks to years of experience and research the classic sweaters saw a new light, reinterpreted in a more contemporary way, while talent and constant innovation allowed the creation of fantastic high-performance garments.

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Dale of Norway 2017

5. CHOCOLATE AND LAKRIS

if you are in fond of sweets and candies, Norway is the right place for you! Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with cookies, jellies, peanuts, almonds, raisins,m etc. All are available in candy and food stores.

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Dearly loved by Norwegians, chocolates!

In addition to these wonders, salty liquorice (also known as salmiakki) needs a special place among sweets - this flavor, well spread in the European northern countries, can be a surprise for others since the sweet taste of liquorice gets salty, creating an interesting mix!

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You never tasted this before! Lakris!

6. SALMON AND RAKFISK

The seas surrounding Norway are full of fish, and fishing is actually a dear hobby for people. In these terms, the symbol of the country is salmon! Probably among the healthiest fish in the world, salmon is available in three main versions: regular, smoked and gravlaks - the latter is prepared with salt, sugar and dill and it is usually served as appetizer. There is also another dish that catches the attention of our visitors, the so-called rakfisk (soaked fish), generally trout salted and fermented for several months. Interestingly, the origin of this dish is still uncertain although records date it back to the late 14th century. You will probably find different variations depending on the region and it is a common tradition to eat it in the winter times and share it with family and friends.

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Rakfisk, a Rotten Fish Delicacy

Source: TorNews

7. BROWN CHEESE AND CHEESE SLICER - BRUNOST OG OSTEHØVEL

Is there something more traditionally Norwegian than the brown cheese? Maybe not! Brunost is a cheese made with cow or goat milk and has a unique flavor. The production process implies that milk, cream and whey are boiled for several hours in order to get a caramelized cheese - this process gives the cheese the brown color and it's amazing salty-sweet taste. It is usually sold in practical sized blocks and there is only one appropriate way to have a slice of it: using the Norwegian cheese slicer! Invented in the 1920s by a Norwegian carpenter, Thor Bjørklund, this tool was designed to get the best slices out of our favorite cheeses, making the everyday life of Scandinavian people a little bit easier and way more delicious!

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Enjoy a thin slice of brunost on your bread toast.

Image Source: snl.no

8. THE FAMOUS MARIUS PRODUCTS

If someone thinks of a good Norwegian Sweater or jacket, that person is probably thinking of Marius Sweaters. Maius pattern is the most knitted pattern in Norway and surely is among 100 bestselling Norwegian designs in the recent 100 years. Marius pattern is not just another knitwear pattern, it is in fact a Norwegian icon encapsulating Norwegian’s love towards their glorious nature. The patterns have been very popular in decades, therefore, there was a need to have that nostalgic and national pattern on different accessories.

Nowadays, Marius termos, cups, school, home and kitchen accessories are also widely popular.

In other words, people can instantly guess if you have been in Norway by owning a Marius product.

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“Marius Inspiration” Famous Marius Pattern!

9. EDVARD MUNCH ART PRINT ACCESSORIES

Edvard Munch is a famous Norwegian painter from 19th century. His art is well known due to free-flowing, psychological-themed style. His painting "The Scream" ("The Cry"; 1893), is one of the most recognizable works in the history of art. Of course you can find a practical mug or playing cards or perhaps a notebook with “the Scream” print on it to write your travel diaries on it.

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“The Scream” print on a clock!

10. SWEET RECIPES

They say people in cold climate tend to have more sweet tooth, and sure in Norway you can find ton of examples. Jams, cakes, pastries, chocolates, etc. are just few examples. In other words, Norway can be a heaven to those having sweet tooth. Make sure to get one of the most popular sweets called Lefse, or the very precious cloudberry jam. Speaking of cloudberry, it is worth to know that cloudberries are rare to find, and once a person spots the place for cloudberry growth, they will keep it secret between generations to generations.

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Lefse becomes best with toppings like butter, sugar and cinnamon!

Image Source: Cookingchannerltv

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Cloudberries spot are always secret!

We believe there are a lot more Norway has to offer, therefore we would like to hear from you. Share your experiences with rest of the world. We cannot wait to see what you brought home from Norway to remind sweet times you had in this land.

Also, if you have not visited Norway so far, tell us which souvenir would you consider getting?

You can always use #NorwayinMyHome to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram.

Norway is full of sweet surprises. Even though Norway is known because of high prices, there are still some ways to cut down the expenses and get the most possible. Here are some Norwegian souvenir packages we have designed for you to spark most of interests. This packages are designed based on the most popular and practical items and serve to save your expenses as well.

We hope you enjoy them!

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