By Chloe Sweet @chloesweet

A WOMAN from Norway has found a way to reconnect with her ancestry by becoming a modern-day Viking

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Videographer / director: Per Lind
Producer: Chloe Sweet, Ruby Coote 
Editor: Beth Angus

 

Sól Geirsdottir, from Rygge, Norway, has spent the past 10 years dressed as a “Viking Queen”.

Growing up, she says she was a “weird, creative kid” and was always “obsessed” with old Norse stories and ancient history.

Now at 31 years old, Sól calls herself a “modern-day Viking” whose life is influenced by the traditional aesthetics and culture.

She told Barcroft TV: “It started full-blown when I was about 18. Then I was like, wow, this is me.

“It makes me feel at home whenever I’m wearing my Viking Garb (attire), I just feel more like myself.

 
“You show on the outside what your inner world is like.”

The psychology student achieves her every-day look by collecting Viking-inspired jewellery pieces, accessories and clothing.

Her home features a number of antique items that are carved with ancient Norse motifs and symbols – she even owns old swords and armour.

Many of her dresses she makes herself, by hand-sewing fabrics that she picks up from traditional Viking markets. The outfits can sometimes take more than three days to make.

Sól even claims that the makers of Amazon Prime’s hit series Vikings were inspired by her look.

She explained: “The TV show Vikings, they have mood boards, [and] a picture of me was in the middle of that mood board so I guess they were actually inspired by my hairstyle at least.”

When recalling how people respond to her look, she said: “Some people have asked me if I’m Amish, which is very odd to me but most people are just very friendly.

“I think my family thought it was odd at first, maybe because I’m the only one in my family with this Viking age obsession - but they definitely encourage it now and they see how happy it makes me.”

Aside from aesthetic, Sól also expresses her love for the Viking Age through other creative avenues.

She plays in a band with her boyfriend Varg, a fellow real-life Viking who she has been in a relationship with for four months. The couple met through their mutual love of ancient culture and music.

The name of their band, Vǫluspá is taken from the first-known Old Norse poem, which tells the story of the creation of the world and the coming end. 

They say that the songs they write together are all based on old Nordic stories and they use instruments that were traditionally played in the Viking Age, some of which Varg crafts himself. 

“We try to bring the past into the present with our music as well by mixing electrical instruments with ancient ones,” Sól said.

“[Varg] plays 14 different instruments so naturally I reached out. I didn’t expect to fall in love with him but that’s exactly what happened, it was love at sight really.

“We are definitely kindred spirits, soulmates I would say.”

Varg told Barcroft TV: “When she first walked in the door, I knew that this is a person that I really wanted to have in my life. Because that's the best energy I've ever felt from someone.”

To reconnect with the Old Norse spirituality, they often visit stone circles, which were thought to be sacred spaces where ancient rituals and ceremonies would take place.

Sól said: “Norway has a long past, we have roots that go back thousands of years and I don’t know why we have been good at preserving the culture but I’m very happy that we have.

“I guess that I’ve always felt connected to the past and what makes me connected to it, it’s something that I’ve never really understood.

The pair sometimes even carry out rituals themselves – an example being where they worship the sun during summer solstice. Sól explains that this more common practice in Norway because Northern countries like hers see so little daylight. 

But Sól and Varg insist that they don’t believe the Norse mythology should be taken literally, but they instead interpret the spirituality and values to fit into their modern life.

Varg said: “Many people talk about Valhalla as a place that you go off to after death, but for me Valhalla is a state of mind.

“We see many of the things that are spoken of in the old Norse religion as metaphors for things in everyday life, and that’s what we personally believe that the Vikings might have meant as well,” Sól added. 

Despite her devotion to the Viking Age, Sól says that she is not a reenactor.

“I would say that the Viking age kind of influences me in many ways, in many aspects of my life.

“Would I say I’m a reenactor? No.

“I wear makeup, I live in a modern world, I use a computer, so I’m not trying to be living in the past but I’m trying to bring the past into a modern light.”

As for the future, Sól bets that she will be living the Viking life for many years to come.

“I definitely think that I will be immersed in the Viking style until old age and I can’t wait for my hair to get white or grey, I think it will look epic.

“If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self I guess I would say, just power though girl.

“Stay true to yourself because what you’re doing is okay and it’s okay to be different, just hang in there.”