Destination Viking - Saga Lands
Start date: Dec 31, 2002,
End date: Dec 30, 2005
Sagas and storytelling are unique cultural features of the Northern Periphery. The stories contain embedded information about former land-use and historic events related to the landscape. A major element of the project is the establishment of a number of Saga Trails. The project also aims to revive the tradition of saga and storytelling, and to make information and events from the sagas and stories visible and accessible to the general public. Farmers and other local people will be involved as guides, maintainers and storytellers. The project will also promote community development, social inclusion and add value to cultural landscape management. Expected Results: Partners will re-establish links between countries based on saga events. The project expects to make a number of selected saga stories visible in the landscapes where they once happened. This will be done by creating saga routes with storytellers, signboards, brochures, guidebooks and modern GPS-based information systems. This will bring information on saga events directly to the public on-site. Being such a unique feature of the cultural history and the living culture of the programme region, the sagas and storytelling represent a huge potential for future community development with associated economic development primarily based on increased tourism interest.
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