First, I've found it on map:

Since we already decided that, on a way back from Banff we will go through Kootenay region, the road near Valhalla was along the way, so to say.

Not that I really wanted to go to Valhalla. It is too early, I think :left: :knight:

A day was hot. And road was empty. No one in front of us

no one behind us…
It is not easy to get to Valhalla. There is someone who needs to decide about that.
But we decided to stop in appropriate place and take a peek.

There is a big long lake in between. Let me remind you again, one can't go there just like that :left:

Ok, one day in a future. We will HAVE to go there and see by ourselves :cheers:

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43 Responses to Valhalla

  1. Abbacus says:

    Definitely not the Valhalla referenced in Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, of Viking mythology, the feast hall of the dead! πŸ˜† Maybe there's a valley up there named FΓ³lkvangr Too!

  2. dirkdecker says:

    Nice trip! :up: of course way too early to go to the real Valhalla, hm … but for having a sneak peek πŸ™„ ?

  3. Spaggyj says:

    Ooh, how intriguing! :eyes:

  4. Suntana says:

    Valhalla is on tour again?Did Eddie Valhalla get his alcohol and drug problem under control?Oops! Wait a minute. That would be Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen. Is it an optical illusion or a Blogging illusion … or is y'all's car taking a beating what with all these travels?

  5. gdare says:

    Abbacus, I am not sure about that valley but I will let you know when we decide and go there :cheers:Dirk, curiosity killed the cat, you know what they say. However, cats have 9 lives so…. πŸ˜‰ :cat:Kimmie, it is, isn't it πŸ˜€ I am waiting for Martin to come here and give his opinion :DCarlos, Valhalla Van Halen??? Hmm, I don't think I've ever heard of that car before :left::P

  6. rose-marie says:

    Lovely lake/mountain photo!Also… I just know there has to be a joke about the turnoff-sign in the last pic. I just can't figure it out at this moment. πŸ˜›

  7. gdare says:

    What I'm interested in is why they put Valhalla into brackets :left:

  8. MizzMartinez says:

    I wonder if the tv-series Vikings has been played and recorded at Valhalla!

  9. Aqualion says:

    Only warriors go to Valhal, and only if they've fallen in battle. The rest of us are going to Folkevang, a place of peace and tranquility, it's actually the garden of Freja, the goddess of love and life. I don't know about you, but I'd rather go there than spend eternity fighting and drinking.

  10. gdare says:

    MizzM, I seriously doubt that. Canadian Valhalla is at least 500km from the nearest ocean :DMartin, hm, yes, there were signs that advertised places of peace and tranquility but I was thinking that it couldn't be in Valhalla, right? :left:

  11. MizzMartinez says:

    Hehe, I see!

  12. dirkdecker says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    However, cats have 9 lives so….

    how many are left?

  13. gdare says:

    Dirk, more than enough πŸ˜›

  14. sanshan says:

    I've actually been to Valhalla. Took a kayak over there and camped. Funny, didn't sleep at all for 3 days.

  15. LorenzoCelsi says:

    I guess to earn entering the Valhalla you must sail on a boat over the north sea in summer and go pillaging villages, killing men with your axe and taking metal, pigs and girls back home.

  16. gdare says:

    San, no much sleeping in such place, eh? :left:Lorenzo, I am not sure, maybe Martin will know :up:

  17. sanshan says:

    I remember hearing a lot of snoring those nights. πŸ™„

  18. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    I guess to earn entering the Valhalla you must sail on a boat over the north sea in summer and go pillaging villages, killing men with your axe and taking metal, pigs and girls back home.

    Or die in battle defending your home from pillagers… Yes. Only people who die a peaceful death in their beds come to the Norse version of paradise which is Folkevang. Valhalla is a place of constant fighting, and even death will not liberate you from it. I don't know if such a place is the best place to spend eternity…

  19. LorenzoCelsi says:

    I guess back then very few people had a bed and could die peacefully. So options basically were "you are able to handle an axe and you die by it" versus "you die because of starvation". Basically populations who were great colonizers were also those who had impossible living conditions in their homeland. And you understand why the Valhalla did not look so bad. Since life was a constant struggle anyway and death quite easy, at least you fought and lived with some greatness instead of just submit your grim fate.

  20. avo999 says:

    Nice place and name!@Lorenzo. Not sure whether North/Celtic/Germanic people had such a bad life πŸ˜‰ Maybe their mythology (e.g. Valhalla concept) does have it's roots in the iron age or earlier and can't be understood anymore (because archaic).

  21. LorenzoCelsi says:

    The Celts did have a much easier life, they lived in large and fertile lands, with temperate climate, also here in my home city (northern Italy). The Celts did not have to worry about starvation but in the same time it was the cause of their disappearing because everybody wanted their land, first the Romans and then the Germans. And they were not "civilized" enough to resist the Romans either "barbaric" enough to resist the Germans.The Germans migrated to the West for two reasons, because they were pushed by other populations coming from the East (like the Huns) and because they wanted to get a better life inside the borders of the failing Roman Empire. Once it became obvious the Empire was collapsing the Germans though they were destined to took the lead of it, in fact they did their best to found the second and even the third Roman Empire. The Second Roman Empire come out with some issues since the Germans originally were better at burning stuff down than at building stuff up and once most of the roman civilization had disappeared they did not know what to do, having only the Church and its few surviving books as a guide. The Third Roman Empire ended in that bunker in Berlin.The Men from the North who first pillaged and then colonized any place they could reach with their sail boats, including Canada, were instead moved obviously by the lack of resources in their homeland. They faced the same problem as the Greeks long before. When the population of some area grew too big for the available resources they didn't have other options than send the youth away to find some place to establish a colony or to fight each other for the same few available resources, which then again forced the survivors of the losing party to flee and try to find some other land.

  22. sanshan says:

    Nobody seems to care that I couldn't sleep in Valhalla because of the snoring. All you are doing is spouting off your vast knowledge of what you have read. Have you been to Valhalla like I have? Seriously, I AM speaking from experience. :knight:

  23. Aqualion says:

    San is absolutely right. i was in JΓ΅tunheim once. Also on a hike. It's a place in Norway. It is also the home of the giants and trolls of Norse mythology – the primary antagonists of the Asir. it is the hords of Jotunheim who will be the downfall of Valhal in the battle of Ragnarok. I don't know about that. The only evil I witnessed in Jotunheim, canooing the lakes, horseback hiking in the valleys, was moscitos the size af small birds.

  24. Furie says:

    You know what, if I were finally rewarded for all the battles I've fought and taken to a place full of like minded people who've earned their place in paradise, and then given free run of the mead hall to sing and dance and feast and drink and fight for eternity.. If all that came true, I'd choose to look out over that lake from the balcony of the hall.

  25. avo999 says:

    @San: Awww, you mean moscitos? :worried: :ninja: Never was there :)@Lorenzo: Thx for explanation! Think that's what can be reconstructed with the records from the roman empire and others. Sadly, nearly nothing is known from the "barbaric" tribes before the roman influence and records took place.

  26. gdare says:

    San, maybe it was not snoring you've heard. Maybe it was noise of warriors having a fight echoing through the eternity…. :whistle:Lorenzo and Andreas – that still doesn't explain why they moved Valhalla to Canada :left: Or it was actually always here :left:Martin, there are two north European countries that we will have to visit for sure: Iceland and Norway. It must be a hell of a good hikes there :yes:Mik, take a look πŸ˜‰

  27. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    San, maybe it was not snoring you've heard. Maybe it was noise of warriors having a fight echoing through the eternity….

    The eternity of someone's sinuses I believe….

  28. avo999 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Or it was actually always here :left:

    Maybe πŸ˜€ No one knows for what Valhalla meant/stood for in the first place :knight:

  29. Furie says:

    Four beds and three bathrooms sounds good, but when you take into account all the great warriors from history living under one roof for eternity… That's going to cause arguments at the very least. We'd have to draw up a rota for chores as well and I haven't used an axe in years so I'd get stuck with the shitty jobs. :irked:

  30. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by Furie:

    I haven't used an axe in years so I'd get stuck with the shitty jobs.

    My sentiments exactly. I would probably end up as the old, grumpy warrior with the missing leg who's sitting in the back complaining about everything (including the fighting style of the young heroes, not like in the old days at all!) being a pain in the backside for everyone.

  31. Furie says:

    And just as you're getting into the flow of a great complaint about how helmets used to have the horns on the inside, along would come Hodr, the Justin Bieber of Norse mythology…

  32. Aqualion says:

    That pesky kid with his soft hands who drinks his mead from a cup. A. Cup. When everybody knows the only proper way to drink mead is from a horn. Only children and old women drink from a cup. Weak, I say! The world is getting weak. When the wolf breaks loose we'll see if drinking from a cup has put hairs on anybody's chest. We'll see! Weaklings!

  33. Furie says:

    I have hairy moobs. :happy:

  34. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† :lol:Mik, maybe having the biggest axe would help make you in a command. Despite the fact you didn't use it for a long time :left:

  35. Furie says:

    Wait, did I say that out loud…

  36. Aqualion says:

    Those socalled "New Gods" porbably don't even know what an axe is. It's all spears and arrows, long distance, tactics, politics, negotiations… I bow my head in shame. I wonder what they'll do with their strategy and their "information technology" when the Serpent lets go of his tail and wiggles up from his ocean dwelling to poison every stream and lake with his venom. And when he lifts his head to summon the hords of Jotungheim with his roar, we'll see if negotiation and diplomacy will help.*This is where I knock the end of my walking stick into the floorboards, just to get attention.*Now, where's my drinking horn?

  37. Furie says:

    I think my axe has shrivelled away to nothing, it's been so long. :awww:

  38. gdare says:

    Mik, :lol:Martin, here

  39. H82typ says:

    Originally posted by Furie:

    I think my axe has shrivelled away to nothing, it's been so long. :awww:

    πŸ˜† They have these little blue pills for that now, Mik! :awww: Meanwhile, at the Canadian/American border…

  40. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† :chef:

  41. raniakasim says:

    am so curious to know more about this place especially ,after reading the conversation between Lorenzo Celsi and Martin K ,

  42. gdare says:

    Well, we won't go there this year, it's too late now and there is snow on mountains over 1000m high πŸ˜€

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