Tuesday, 31 March 2015


An invitation to the Norwegian Royal visit in Sydney of King Harold V and Queen Sonja presented an opportunity for the club to make cultural connections. The opportunity to connect with our Gokstadt Viking ship replica ‘Aegir’ roots was accepted and a pleasant evening followed meeting Norwegian expats.

At the reception to celebrate Australian Norwegian relations held at MCA Sydney Queen Sonja presented her photographic exhibition, Inspirational Encounters in Norway. Music was performed live by Haykon Kornstad.

Our Treasurer Michael Bolton-Hall met the Kings Brigadier. Brigadier Nils Petter Granholt is also the for’dhand for King Harold on his many sailing adventures. The Brigadier is also from the same area in Norway where the original Gokstadt ship was found. He was excited to realize one of only three Gokstadt replicas is here in Sydney.

The Brigadier said he wanted to keep in touch and start to build a relationship with our Norwegian counterparts.

The Royals on Sydney Harbour