|From the left, the Norwegian fisherman. Born in rain and storms from the North Sea. Norway as a country and especially its coastal towns were basically built out
of fishing and trade that the sea provided. For generations fishermen were drawn by shoals of spawning cod that migrated every winter from the Barents Sea.
At the entrance of the harbour of the main town of Lofoten, Svolvaer â€“ there is a statue and a reminder of the price many have paid. A statue of a woman
staring out at sea, awaiting her husband. Visit the Norwegian west coast and you will find cemeteries where young and old fishermen rest. Those who lost the
battle against the Water Gods. â€�Han saag ut paa dei steinutte Strender, det var ingen, som der hadde bygt. Lat oss rydja og byggja oss Grender, og so eiga
me Rudningen trygt.â€�
Our next protector of the North is Arne Naess (27 January 1912 â€“ 12 January 2009). He was a Norwegian eco-philosopher and noted mountaineer, who in 1950
led the expedition that made the first ascent of Tirich Mir (7,708 m). The Tvergastein hut in the Hallingskarvet massif played an important role in Arne NÃŠss' life.
In 1970, together with a large number of demonstrators he chained himself to the rocks in front of Mardalsfossen, a waterfall in a Norwegian fjord. Arne refused
to descend until plans to build a dam were dropped. He started to climb mountains in Norway at the age of 10 and his explanation was that the mountain was
calling for him.Arne was a true protector of nature and therefore also a protector of the North.
Protector number three, no introduction needed really?In the Old Norse language, the term NorrÅ“nir Menn (Northern Men) was used to refer to the population of
Scandinavia (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, Faroe Islanders and Icelanders), thus corresponding to the modern English name Norsemen.
Of course neither Sweden, Norway nor Denmark existed at the time, but the Norsemen made a name for themselves. They travelled all over the world and
settled down in Vinland (North America), MiklagÃ‚rd (Istanbul), HolmgÃ‚rd (Russia) and on the islands now known as the United Kingdom.
And yes, they provided us with mead.
For our last protector of the North we need to look a bit to the east and not stop till we reach the forests of Finland. There weâ€™ll find a young Finnish soldier by
the name of Simo HÃ¤yhÃ¤. It was during the Soviet invasion (1939â€“1940), that Simo began his duty as a soldier in the Winter War. In temperatures between âˆ’
40 and âˆ’20 degrees Celsius, dressed completely in white camouflage Simo became famous all over Scandinavia for his bravery. When asked about the war
later on in his life, he explained that he was not a man of war, but a young lad doing his duty and protecting the forests, the meadows and the lakes where he