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Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose: Norway: Quest For The Viking Spirit

Airs Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Richard Bangs in Sognefjord. In his latest "Adventures With Purpose" special, Bangs goes in search of the modern-day Viking spirit in Norway's forbidding Arctic north, its mountainous sea coast and its bustling cities.

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A thousand years ago Vikings set out from the fjords of Norway striking fear across Europe. Yet today this ruggedly beautiful country is the home of the Nobel Peace Center, of explorers and adventure travelers and one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth. Richard Bangs’ quest is to discover how such a progressive nation grew from such a violent past—if modern Norway is a result of its Viking heritage or a reaction to it. This time Richard’s adventures take him the length of Norway on a "Quest For The Viking Spirit."

Richard’s quest begins in Oslo and travels to the extreme northern tip of Norway with stops in Alta, Kirkenes and Lofotr. Like early Vikings he sails from Tromsø down the western cost and experiences the beauty and majesty of the mountains and fjords with stops in Trondheim, Bergen, Flam and Sognefjord before returning to Oslo.

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Trailer: Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose: Norway

Above: In his latest "Adventures With Purpose" special, adventurer Richard Bangs seeks out the modern-day "Viking Spirit" in Norway's forbidding Arctic north, its mountainous sea coast and its bustling cities.