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RICHARD BANGS' ADVENTURES WITH PURPOSE: Norway- Quest for the Viking Spirit

Richard Bangs on boat north of Arctic Circle
Courtesy of Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose
Richard Bangs on boat north of Arctic Circle

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings from Norway terrorized Europe; their legendary raids made their name synomous with marauding pirates. Today, this ruggedly beautiful country houses the Nobel Peace Center and stands one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth. How could such a progressive nation spring from such a violent past? Do Vikings represent a romantic revision of a grisly past or cynical pandering to a growing tourist trade?

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.

Richard Bangs Adventures with Purpose (Trailer)