Saturday, October 27, 2012

DAY 38
(May 31)
Travel day

Now we are sitting here in the Bodø airport waiting to go back to Oslo.  I drew Fehu this morning.  Yesterday I had a chance to get all caught up on the runes I am carving in my drinking horn, I’m happy about that.  I truly love this area of Norway; The landscape, the air, the water, and the people, I really like it here.

I think tomorrow we actually get a day off, it will be nice to relax a bit before the next episode starts.  While I was at Kjerringøy I had an opportunity to meet David Berner and Eric Williams the inventors of the show, they wrote the original show that it is all based on.  I had several great conversations with both of them, I seem to have things in common with both of them even though they are different people.  I look forward to corresponding with them after the show is over.

I am closer now than ever before to meeting my relatives in Norway…only four more episodes.

The Gods and the ancestors are with me always; yesterday I went to the end of the pier at Kjerringøy, I said a prayer of thanks to the Gods, ancestors, and landavette.  When I finished I looked up in the sky and there the clouds had formed a perfect, great, eye, and it was looking right at me.  I took it to be the eye of Odin letting me know I am being looked after, I took a picture of it and it turned out great.  I think I will blow it up to hang on my wall at home as a constant reminder that I am never alone.

DAY 39
(June 1)
Day off

This morning I woke up in Oslo and drew Raidho, perhaps that means I should get up and walk around, explore the city while I have a chance.  So far today all I have done is eat frokost and lay in the bed doing absolutely nothing, just enjoying the solitude, my own thoughts.  I watched a Norwegian fishing show for about a half hour; there were about 20 guys fishing in a river, during the entire time I watched it not one fish was caught…riveting television, lol.

I have been thinking a lot about being here, on this show.  I believe I have so far accomplished my goal of being myself, being true to who I am and what I believe in the big picture.  I’m proud of myself for that.

Sometimes, with the other contestants I feel like an old man with all these young kids around, sometimes I feel like their older brother, their uncle, sometimes their dad.  I don’t really feel old most of the time though, because I’m not old, most of the time I just feel like Alf.

Episode 7 starts tomorrow, it is here, somewhere in or around Oslo somewhere.  We have no idea what the theme is or what we will be doing…all I know is that I need to prevail, Gods willing, that is my plan.

I am very curious how I will be received by the Norwegian people when the show aires.  I honestly have no idea how it will go and there is really no way to speculate.  I am just me; Alf Herigstad, a big bald guy with a crazy beard and a religion many have not ever heard of.  It would be very unfortunate if the people of Norway don’t like me, I think that would hurt my feelings…because, well, it just would. But I wouldn’t be anyone else even if I knew how to…I will just have to wait and see.


  1. love to read you'r storys, I learn more of åsatru :) thank you :)

  2. Hi Alf.
    I've spoken to several friends and colleagues of mine, and we all have you as a favorite.
    So based upon that and what i have read in different forums, you are very much liked. :-)

    Norwegian viking

  3. Your the Man, Alf
    I really enjoyed to see you on the Show.
    And it was very sad to see you leave... :-(
    Anyways, take care and I hope you will be back in Norway soon.

    Christer Åkesson
    Swedish wiewer
    Borås, Sweden