We were hiking in the forests above Eidfjord, which is at the end of a Norwegian fjord. Very beautiful, this is a land of mountains and idyllic farms and pastures. We were looking for the ancient Viking burial site. The graves are just a pile of rocks and are over 1000 years old. On one of the farms, we saw quite a few graves, some small, some very large. We stopped at one of the very large rock piles and I gazed for a moment.
Then there was a sudden chill in the air and the wind picked up. The air got all misty, a kind of mysterious fog, when a beautiful woman appeared over the grave, wearing nothing but a Viking princess headdress. She was looking right at me. Then suddenly… a whisper.
‚ÄúL..E..O..N..A..R..D……. L..E..O..N..A..R..D…… L.E.O.N.A.R.D‚ÄĚ
Then… ‚ÄúLen… Len… Len… wake up! Are you OK?‚ÄĚ. And Chantal was poking me, and I jumped.
At first I thought that I saw a Viking princess witch, but after some research, I believe she‚Äôs a ‚ÄúHuldra‚ÄĚ. A huldra is a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore and they can be dangerous. They belong to the Huldrefolk, and the males are called Huldrekall, which are quite troll-like ugly with very big noses. The feature image at the top of this page is a Huldrekall, and I can‚Äôt help but wonder how they can get it on with the beautiful huldra‚Äôs!
This post is just the beginning of our exciting tour of Northern Europe. More coming soon.
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