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Tartan-icon-1aTuesday 7 April 2015 at 7:30pm for 8pm

Snowforms: 30 years of ski-touring in the Alps, Scotland and Norway

An illustrated talk by David Buchanan on his photographic project 'Snowforms' which captures aspects of snow covered landscapes in an original way. Please note, this event will now be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting (7:45pm, talk at 8pm). Venue: Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Edinburgh - map

 


 

Hjertelig Velkommen
A
 Warm Welcome to NSA

Our Association, which meets in Edinburgh, provides an opportunity for Scots, Norwegians and friends to get together and to celebrate important Norwegian events. Whether you have a family connection with Norway, or just a love of Norwegian or Scottish culture, why not come and join us? Ye'll surely find a 'hearty welcome'!

 

Norwegian Scottish Association

 

Did You Know?

Norway's tartans

Norway enjoys a long tradition of tartan. A tartan 'mønster' - not a euphemism for Scotland's 'Nessie' - is a tartan 'check' or 'skotskrutet'. Several Norwegian tartans, both tradtional and contemporary, are registered in the Scottish Register of Tartans, the national repository of tartan designs maintained by the National Archives of Scotland.

Norwegian Centennial Tartan

The Norwegian Centennial, for instance – which you'll see graces our website – was commissioned by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh in 2005 to celebrate 100 years of Norwegian Independence and to foster ever closer links between the people of Norway and Scotland. 

Tartan - Romsdal-2002Norway's traditional tartans are most closely associated with the valleys of eastern Norway: Gudbrandsdal, Valdres and Hallingdal, all the way through to Romsdal district in the west. The 'rondastakk' widely used in Gudbrandsdalen is a recognized and celebrated element of the 'bunad' or national dress of the region and is just one of several designs thought to owe origins to Norway's one and only skirmish with the Scots – the battle of Kringen 1612.

 Gudbrandsdal - Rondastaken

The origins of the tartans of Valdres and Hallingdal – where tartan is still woven - are shrouded in mystery and perhaps best pondered over a good glass of malt!

Valdres-Kvam-og-Vang

 

Hallingdal

 

 

 

With the exception of Norwegian Centennial, all images Crown copyright, courtesy of National Records of Scotland Scottish Register of Tartans .