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Frøyasvei (Freyja's Way) is named for the Vanir goddess Freyja who owned the Brisingamen necklace.

Lokesvei (Loki's Way) is named for the trickster god Loki who causes much of the trouble in Asgard and then has to fix it.

Sleipners vei (Sleipnir's Way) is named for Odin's eight-legged horse who is able to slide between worlds.

Urdsvei (Urd's Way) is named for Urd, one of the three norns who determine the fates of people. Her name means 'fate'.

Odins vei (Odin's Way) is named for Odin, king of the gods.

Balders vei (Balder's Way) is named for Balder who was killed with a dart made from mistletoe.

Brages vei (Bragi's Way) is named for the Norse god of poetry.

Trymsvei (Thrym's Way) is named for the giant Thrym, who stole Thor's hammer. Thor had to dress up as Freyja to recover it.

Tors vei (Thor's Way), named for the god of thunder and smiter of giants.

Kong Sverres gate (King Sverre's street) is named for King Sverre who was part of the Birkebeinere faction in the Norwegian civila wars of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

This street is named for Håkon Gamle (Hakon the Old or Håkon IV Håkonsson) who ruled Norway from 1217-1263 and expanded the castle on Slottsfjell. He was also responsible for having a number of European romances translated into Old Norse.

This street in Tønsberg is named for the Baglere who were opponents of King Sverre Hakonsson in the civil wars in late twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Norway.

Idun was the goddess who tended the golden apples that kept the gods young.

St Olavs gate (St Olav's Road) in Oslo is named for Olav Haraldsson who died at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. He is largely credited with converting Norway to Christianity, although somewhat brutally. This process was ostensibly begun by Olav…

Óðinstorg (Odin's square) named for the god Odin.

Óðinsgata (Odin's Street) in Reykjavik

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Many of the streets in this central area of Reykjavík are named after the Norse Gods. The first street to be named was Óðinsgata in the early twentieth century.

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This street sign in Lerwick refers to the tenth-century Norwegian Saint Sunniva (ON Sunnifa), who is associated with Selja on the West Coast of Norway, and according to legend fled from Ireland and was persecuted by the pagan Jarl Hákon…

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This street sign probably refers to Haraldr Hárfagri (Harald Fairhair), ruler of Norway from c. 872 to 930, who recaptured Shetland and Orkney from his rivals in c. 875. Many streets in central Lerwick are named after Scandinavian Kings, Queens and…

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This street sign probably refers to Hákon Hákonarson, King of Norway from 1217 to 1263. Many streets in central Lerwick are named after Scandinavian Kings, Queens and Saints, particularly from the medieval period.
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