Back on the road

So, i am back. After long winter, hectic packing, some flight issues and timing issues, i am back here and already on the road :} Jpeg

First market this year we did together with Tone and it was Runerikets dag.

It was lovely because of two reasons: quite lovely weather, and even more lovely neighbours.


Yes, you saw it quite correctly, that’s a graveyard. This market took place next to the Vallentuna kyrka, and even bit strange neighborhood wasn’t bothering. Warm weather convinced us also to open swimming season in the Valentunasjon. Water was bit dirty and bit cold, but that never stopped us.

Packing down was light and full of joy. Summer finally came to our premisses and kept us in cheerful mood. IMGP2423

Journey home was slightly complicated and looooooooong, but we made it in one go :} IMGP2428IMGP2431

Now I am getting ready for 3 weeks in Norway, and i will see you in Oslo middelalderfestival, Tønsberg middelalderfestival and Hamar Middelalderfestival.

See you there!




How to crash, burn and fly

We have officially started the summer market season 2017. And this year it was unusually adventurous and chaotic even for us.

In the end of April, me and Elias went out on a two weeks market tour in Germany. It´s been 5 years since the company  visited a market in our beautiful neighbor to the south. And since we were traveling all the way to the border of Germany and Switzerland, we knew we had a long trip ahead of us (in all more than 3000 km). So we chose the most comfortable of our three vans..

We got about 8 km of the initial 1200 before the car broke down the first time.


That time the problem was easily remedied and we only lost an hour. 🙂 And we got as far as Landskrona before the serious issues started. Pulling out from a gas station the engine gave up. 😦 Hmm We slept in the car and come morning had to get the car towed by road assistance. Fortunately, Elias has a cousin on the beautiful island of Ven. So we stayed the night to await the final judgement from the workshop.

On Monday we had already lost 2 days and the day did not improve when the workshop called. New engine was the verdict and on a car almost 20 years old it is the same as a death sentence. So we got a rental and drove the 500 or so km back home to get a different car. Came back to Skåne and repacked between cars the next morning. 3 days lost and time was running out. We had to cancel all appointments on the way to the market and just get there in time. Hurry hurry, rice and curry. 1200 km not an issue.. 😉

And we did get a long way into Germany before the next issues arised. With many hundred kilometers to go the generator started giving up. And with a modern diesel engine no electrical power equals car stopping. By faith and will alone we managed to get to the market on the last swirling ions in the battery and then our second car for the trip drew its last breaths and died.

Luckily Elias was hungry as a bear when we visited the supermarket before we got there, so the changes of starving and freezing in the German Schwartwald were kept to an survivable rate. But we realized we would not get anywhere before the market was finished and we could fix the car.

Our first market was Freienfelser Ritterspiele. (you can visit their page at It was really a big market with around 2000 participants and more than 300 tents. What we quickly found out, was how well organized the market was and how nice and helpful all the reenacters and traders were. Only minus on the market, was the temperature in the nights, at its worst a nice and comfy -7.

Leaving home we never contemplated that having the grand opening of our new web shop while being on a market would ever constitute a real problem. We were going to Germany, Europes strong castle and technological mastermind. What could go wrong they have high speed internet too..?? or? not maybe. Atleast not in the middle of the wilderness of south Germany on a middle age market. And alas we did not have a car, we could also not visit any other town, city or any civilized hub of humanity. So when the time came when we were supposed to open the web shop on Friday night, nothing was finished and we were a bit panicked. In a last effort to reach for the sky, we climbed the nearest mountain. IN the night in the freezing cold and wetness we spent 3 hours climbing and stretching our phones to the sky in a feeble hope of heavenly connection. And managed, only to get a notice from our roster that it would get online ASAP, probably in a few hours or so.. To cry or to laugh. We drank some wine and went to bed.

At least we had done all we could and the web shop was finally opened after 18 moths of nail biting hard work. 😛

Between the markets we visited some very good friends in the Mosel tal. O boy how beautiful the area is, and how good the wine they make. Not having time to fix the car properly we had stocked up on several truck batteries and kept switching them to get to our destination.


With only 1 kilometer to reach the last market, all batteries were finished. But with more batteries and more cables we managed to get there!


The last marked was a ”Mittelalter Phantasie Spectaculum” MPS in german. As they say, it is not authentic, it is phantastic. And it was realy a cool new experience for us. I saw people dressed like Sauron, Jacks Sparrow, orcs and Indiana jones. It was a mix of larp, cosplay, reenactment and a middle age market.

You can visit their page at

The way home was long and tedious and took 46 hours. But still with some small adventures. At the ferry terminal in Poland we saw a flock of wild bore. While Elias approached them to take a picture, I was hiding behind a truck, thinking about how to climb it. The biggest easily weighed 200 kg.


This is the best picture he got. From a distance of only 7-8 meter.

Now we are home again, doing office work and preparing for Runrikets dag in Stockholm in the weekend. A market a little more close to home and hopefully a little easier to finish.

We are truly sorry that the web opening was a bit late and that we had some issues in communicating on FB in the last weeks. But now you know why. And remember even if me and Elias and everyone else on the Nordlys team is out for markets. We always have Bibbi at home, answering the office phone and sending out your orders. So even if our truck stops, burns or flies, we will be on the next market with you and your order is safely being delivered in an environmentally friendly way. No matter what! Because we are Vikings.


Nordlys Viking

P.s. I plan to soon post a market calender for the season of 2017  so you know where we will be and when. no promises.. 😉

It´s finally happening! On Friday the 28th of April at 00:01 a.m. Our web shop opens…



The date is set. The shop is opening.

The date will be Friday the 28th of April at 00:01 a.m. in GMT+1.

And of course we´ll have some fantastic offers to get the party going;

  1. The first 24 hours we will give you free shipping inside Europe on all orders! And for customers outside of Europe, shipping at a flat 50 SEK (approx 5€) rate on any order.
  2.  We will post a discount code on our Facebook page. Share it and use it! Will be valid until Monday for an additional 5% discount on your whole order.
  3. From opening midnight on Friday until Monday, we offer up to 50% discount on selected items. Some of the offers will be surprise offers, popping up during the weekend
  4. The first 50 new customers who makes an order, we will give a gift. They will receive a set of  5 hand made replicas of real Swedish Viking beads. The beads will come in a beautiful textile gift bag. All free of cost. 

Amazing discounts all thru the weekend!

For the whole first weekend

we will offer 50% discount on all glass beads.

10% off on all Decorative hand forged Viking swords.

20% off on selected horn handicraft.

Up to 30% discount on selected jewelry.

And many more offers that you will be able to find in the shop between Friday morning and Sunday night.

All orders shipped within 24 hours on weekdays. Customer care phone weekdays between 10:00 and 12:00. You can always reach us on


Here is a screenshot of some of the horn items that will be available in the shop.

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3 – 2 – 1……The web shop is coming up

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Getting the web shop up and running have been a loooong process. So now, finally, we have the development, pictures and everything else needed done. Right now the page is getting moved from an Indian server to a European one. So that we can offer it to you at a maximum speed and accessibility. Then we will give a final tuoch before it goes public.

The web shop will be on the address and we will move the blog to

As soon as we can we will publish the exact date of the opening! And we can promise that it is within days or at most weeks time that you can shop to your hearts content.

Skjermbilde 2017-04-11 kl. 14.17.09



Sy och hantverksmässan i Stockholm

I morgen begynner vi å bygge upp till Sy och hantverksmässan i Stockholm.

Kom och besök oss, i vår monter B08:41.



A small trip to Rajasthan

Last Saturday we got up early and jumpt on a buss to Jaipur. We almost got to Jaipur before one of the tiers exploded. Since nothing goes fast in India, we called a taxi.


I love to get out of Delhi, India has so meny adventures, and different things to se. Every part has its own kultur and specialities.


From Jaipur we took the night train further in to the Rajasthani desert. After some research on the internet, and getting to know the city by cab and foot, we got in contact with a manufacturer of furniture. He wanted us to come see his factory and warehouse. The day after, we got picked up by his driver, and went for a visit.


We could not imagine the massiv amounts of furniture they had in stock. It was halls upon halls, packed as high as possible, with only small corridors to walk in.


And everything was so mixed. New stuff, old stuff and newly made with old parts. And a lot of just old weird stuff.

They said they have 50 people going around India buying up old wooden items. Everything between 50-70 years old is fine. No matter how bad the old things look, they send it to the warehouse and store it there for future fixing and recycling.


Luckily it does not rain so much, so fire is the only threat to these mountains of old junk.

What we were really looking for, was someone that would make furniture for our viking shops. We didn’t really finish that jobb, but we got a lott of inspiration. Luckily it is still some time until next summer.

Elias and Tone


Last week we visited Kathmandu, Nepal. We were there for work, but Kathmandu, as always, feels like a holiday. The first we did was picking out the shawls we will sell in the christmas markets this year.


In our free time we took a walk down to Kathmandus old tempel square. We really got to see the damage from the big earthquake in April 2015. One good news is that the government and Unesco world heritage fund have decided to rebuild it again. That will also give work for craftsmen in traditional nepalese building and decorative crafts for many years.




We learned how to play the tiger and goat game.


The last thing we did was to visit the factory were they make our range of viking bone craft reproductions. After a beautiful, but dusty trip on the back of a motor bike we got there.



The factory was totally destroyed in the earthquake, so it was still looking pretty temporary, but they are working on it. Aside from our orders, the craftsmen also produce buttons, jewelry and traditional nepalese bone decorations for other clients. Now it is low season for production, the time before christmas is slow. In January the production starts picking up again as the orders for buttons for next years summer clothing comes in.




The drills we are using in the production are the same style as the vikings used. Always nice with the historical detail, even if they are attached to electrical motors. The combs, needles, buttons  and other items we presented last year has been a great success. So now we are working on making both improving our already great designs and also adding many new beautiful designs for next summer season. The best part for us, is that we get to contribute to and change the working environment and future for these Nepalese men and women and at the same time we keep the craft traditions of a 100 generations alive.

Elias and Tone

Vi besøker en blokktrykker

Idag har vi vært å tittet på et verksted hvor de gjør blokktrykk. Det er alltid inspirerende og se noen som er så dyktig på sitt håndverk.


Vi fikk se hvordan de legger tre forskjellige farger oppe på hverandre for å gjøre ett blomstermønster.


De hadde hauer med blokker liggende. Alle kundene som vil trykke hos dette verkstedet må komme med blokkene selv. De blir laget av håndverkere som er spesialiserte på det.


En hylle med tradisjonelle indiske motiver.


Vi inspiserer den siste produksjonen.

Elias og Tone

Syfestivalen i Gøteborg

Forje helg var vi på Syfestivalen i Gøteborg. Forberedelsene var hektiske, det er første gang vi har deltatt på denne typen av event, så vi fikk tenke helt nytt. Banneret i bakgrunnen er malt av meg og treinnramningen samt hyllene på bordet er laget av Elias. Alt sammen laget vi de to dagene før festivalen.

På bildet er vi midt i kaosperioden av oppakningen. Saker over alt, og ingen utsikt til å bli klare. Problemet var at messehallen stengte kl 20 på kvelden, så vi jobbet under press for å bli ferdige.



De som besøkte festivalen var alle mennesker med interesse for håndværk, sying, strikking, hekling osv. Det var inspirerende for oss som jobbet å se folks entusiasme for lin og ullstoffene våre.




28.oktober braker det løs med Syfestivalen i Stockholm. Vårt monternummer der blir B08:41, så kom å besøk oss der!