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Alumni Travel Reading Lists 2020: Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

Scottish History and Culture

Viking Documentary

Prow of Draken Harald Harfagre by Paul VanDerWerf used under Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0

Vikings, Episode 1 - World of the Vikings' prehistoric ancestors

Vikings, Episode 2 - The life of the Vikings 

Vikings, Episode 3  - The end of the Viking era

(access to video through the Penn Libraries is restricted)

Browse and read the BBC Viking History Overview

Scottish and Norse Art

The Highland Games

The McRangers by Fouquier used under Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

Scotland's Highland games are one-day events taking place in outdoor spaces across the country. Built around traditional Highland sports such as caber toss, tug o' war and the hammer throw, a Highland games event also includes Highland dancing and music, and lots of family fun such as food and craft stalls and games. (Visit Scotland



Glasgow by Paul Hudson. Color mural of a man with arm raised on the side of a stone building.

Photo by Paul Hudson. Glasgow. Used under a Creative Commons License CC-BY 2.0

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

Revised and updated by Mia Cappozoli, Liaison Services
Edited by Rebecca Stuhr, Director, Liaison Services

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Viking History

Scottish and Norse Cuisine

Castle on an isle in a small lake.

Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye by Petr Meissner used under Creative Commons Licenses CC-BY 2.0

Scottish Authors

The Arts

Norwegian History and Culture

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 IcelandThey 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.

Oslo, Norway

Scottish Wildlife

Puffins, Shetland Island, Scotland by Joe deSousa used under Creative Commons License CC01.0

Born to Explore with Richard Wiese - Travel with host Richard Wiese to the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland. At a renowned breeding farm, Richard meets a herd of pint-sized Shetland ponies; on the craggy cliffs of Sumburgh Head, he encounters thousands of sea birds, including pint-sized puffins. He meets a woman who reveals the secrets for knitting the classic Shetland sweater and explores life below the waters of the North Sea.

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