Viking Longship Gefjon
Explore the Main River
History lines the banks of the Main, one of Europe’s most intimate waterways. In this land of Franconian wine and Bavarian beer, the famed “Romantic Road” leads to fairy-tale Old Towns. Explore the cobbled streets of Rothenburg and the splendid palace of Würzburg. See the dramatic ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Discover Nuremberg’s rich past. Enjoy a fascinating itinerary through Germany.
Gefjon, the norse goddess of the plow, is credited with the creation of the Danish island of Zealand. When the ruler of Sweden offers her all the land she and four oxen can plow in a day and a night, she transforms her four sons into beasts of burden. Together, they uproot a swathe of earth from the mainland and deposit it into the sea, creating Zealand. This act of might earns Gefjon respect among gods. Gefjon knows the destinies of humankind as well as Odin, the chief of all gods. Because of this, even the most powerful gods fear incurring her wrath.