In summer, the village of Dirdal, in Norway, can be approached without much difficulty. Our guide is greeted by his guardian. He is the only one who lives here all year. He was born in one of the houses in the village in 1946, when around 40 residents lived here. There is no road. In winter, the waters of the fjord are frozen. Dirdal is then cut off from the rest of Norway. Now retired, the village warden takes care of the houses, which have become second homes in the summer. Today, the village is a veritable open-air museum.
To find the first traces of human presence in these valleys, those who made Norway a part of history, we must go back several centuries. In the village of Gudvangen, we don’t laugh with tradition. Marie, a Frenchwoman, fell in love with the country and a Norwegian after her studies. She lives with her family in a reconstructed village house, a cattle farm. Throughout the year, one hundred enthusiasts take turns showing tourists the life of ancient Vikings and their crafts. Some 80 Vikings are said to have lived in the valley. An invaluable cultural heritage. A treasure that will continue to feed the myths and legends of the Norwegian fjords for a long time to come.
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