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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords

Scotland: History & Culture


narrow stones stood upright in formation

Callanish Stones, Orkney. Courtesy of

Viking History & Culture

BBC Documentary: Vikings

Still from BBC Documentary with viking boat recreation

To view the full documentary please visit YouTube at the following link: The Vikings: Who Were They?

Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords

Castle on island in water

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. Courtesy of


Selected and Annotated by:
Robert Walther
Penn Libraries Literature Bibliographer, Retired.

Revised and updated by Kelsey LeClair
Penn Dental Library

For more information about this and other Penn excursions, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel webpage.


Glasgow Cathedral. Image by Harry McGregor. Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Scotland in Fiction

Norse & Scottish Art

Isle of Skye

Lime Stone Cottage in Bradford, IIse of Skye, Schottland. Image by Ingo Melronke. Obtained on flickr with Creative Commons license.

Scottish highlands with bunch of lupine

Auf dem Weg von Broadford nach Portree, Schottland. Image by Ingo Melronke. Obtained on flickr with Creative Commons license.

The Old Norse Sagas

These are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. They were written in the Old Norse language, in prose, mainly in Iceland. They represent one of the major contributions of Scandinavian culture to world literature.  Most have been translated into English and they often read much like modern novels.

The Scottish Countryside

The Referendum for an Independent Scotland

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