VikingsJanuary 1 2012 at 3:07 AM
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Response to Hey Seac;
Hi, Ice. that would be in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, which were Norse for centuries. The DNA of the people is predominantly Norse and Norse culture and thinking, language, surnames are everywhere.
The ceremony would culminate in the burning of a token Viking longboat? This is called "Up Hella A'" and symbolises their 'no turning back' outlook - a very tough people. The actually landed in Canada/ America some two centuries before Columbus (as did Irish Monks) Their very manoeverable long boats dominated all of the Northern waters as far south as the Mediterranean - all of seaboard Europe, Scotland, Ireland, both east and West coasts of England.
It goes without saying that they are superb seamen and physically very strong and hardy.
They are great people, very friendly, open and hospitable.
Further down the East coast of Scotland where they have long been established, they have fire festivals in the dead of winter. Remember the long dark winters of Scandinavia? In summer it is possible to read a newspaper at midnight out of doors, but in winter the opposite applies.