Viking Longship Skadi
Relax along the Danube River
Explore five of Europe’s most enchanting countries along the storied Danube River; Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. See the range of architectural wonders in Budapest and Bratislava, sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and take a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk.
The giantess Skadi is the Norse goddess of winter. She is also associated with hunting and skiing. When her father is slain by the gods, Skadi straps on her armor and weapons and heads to Asgard, home of the gods, to avenge his death. To appease her rage, the gods offer Skadi gold, which she refuses. Instead, she demands a god for a husband. The gods agree, but on the condition that she makes her choice by gazing at their feet. Skadi choose the most graceful feet, believing them to belong to the young and beautiful Baldur. But she has chosen Njord. After they are married, Njord and Skadi want to live in their respective homelands, and so agree to separate.