A couple of newlyweds tied the knot in a unique way as they were married in what has been described as the “first genuinely Viking wedding in nearly 1,000 years”.
Norwegians Elisabeth and Rune Dalseth met in a bar 2016. After a whirlwind romance Rune proposed and the couple got engaged.
Next was months of detailed planning as they organised their traditional Viking wedding.
Elisabeth said: “Rune completely opened up a new world for me, and I soon fell in love with the people and the spirituality of it.”
Both Elisabeth and Rune arrived to the ceremony by longboat as they said their vows on the banks of a Norwegian lake, surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Rune walked down the aisle to the sound of Norse throat singers, instead of the more familiar ‘Her Come’s the Bride’.
The wedding also included blood offerings, and the bride and groom’s family had to race to the banquet tent, to be the first to get stuck into the traditional hog-roast.
Bride Elisabeth looked stunning in her white dress, and concluded: “I think if you go to a wedding like ours, you will definitely think differently about what it is to be a Viking.”
What a great way for Rune and Elisabeth to start their married life. A true celebration of their heritage. We wish them the best of luck for the future and a very happy life together.
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