I’m not sold on souvenirs. Less is more, in my humble opinion. I prefer returning home without a trunk full of trinkets. Airline baggage fees have only given me added reason to say no to souvenirs. While traveling, I prefer to soak in the beauty of a place— its culture and people. I look for ways to bring a bit of that country into my home, dining or wardrobe, without it being a cheap t-shirt or refrigerator magnet. Sweden’s Gudrun Sjoden clothes and homewares have become a great way for me to remember and honor a trip to Norway.
Swedish designer Gudrun Sjoden’s colorful nature-influenced prints brighten up my day. Bright, happy fabrics seem like a good answer to the months of almost non-stop darkness during a Scandinavian winter. Luckily, my Scandinavian visit was during the summer solstice, their longest day of the year. We had a Frozen week in Norway, beginning in the quaint, colorful city of Bergen, gateway to the fjords and the inspiration for the movie Frozen‘s fictional kingdom of Arendelle.
We then headed deep into the wilds of Norway for an adventure into the fjords and folklore of this country whose northern half stretches into the Arctic Circle. We explored Norway’s breathtaking natural beauty… mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Finally, we ended our Norway trip in the capital, Oslo.
We also got cultural lessons, learning about traditional Norwegian architecture by visiting stave churches that inspired Frozen‘s castle. One day a local folk teller sang traditional Norwegian songs and told tales of trolls who inhabit the forest. My 6 year-old spent much of the trip peering out the bus window for evidence of the mythical creatures.
I love that Sweden’s Gudrun Sjoden has an entire line of homeware items to choose from under the category “Theme Norway”. I now have bedding, towels and rugs that remind me of the wild beauty of the breathtakingly beautiful Scandinavian country.
They add a much-needed dose of happiness to my dreary Midwest winter as well! My soft duvet cover with its paper cut design reminds me of another well known Swedish designer- Marimekko. The rugs also have delightful embroidery and come in a riot of colors. Besides being fun and stylish, they’re a great reminder of one of my favorite vacations. Sure beats a t-shirt or refrigerator magnet. Want to see Gudrun Sjoden’s merchandise in person? If you’ve ever in New York City, stop by their only U.S. store, in the SOHO neighborhood.
Do you load up on souvenirs on vacation? How do you incorporate your travels into your life back home?