Synopsis: Participants had all immigrant background, and none of them were born with skis on (like norwegian people). Nevertheless, the goal was the legendary Birkebeiner race. 10 episodes where they learned norwegian culture and how to ski.
Genre: Reality-TV

(low-tempo music)


(horse whinnies)


(child shouts)

Are you Inga of Varteig?


We are Birkebeinerne.

Is that Hkon Hkonsson?


You must come with us.

The King sends his greetings.

Come on.

It's all right, Hkon.

(woman sings in foreign language)

- Is he okay?

- Yes.


We will soon be there,

and you will both be safe.

Oh, good.

- Be careful.

- Huh?

She has borne

a child by the King, Torstein.

I'm just looking out

for the child, Skjervald. The child.

Now we must part, my friend.

Are you sure about this?

Yes, I know that the King's son

is in good hands.

Do you... do you know

how to milk a cow?

No. But Ylva does.

If you change your mind,

you know where we are.

- Torstein:
Get home safely.

- Skjervald:

Take care of the child, now.

The child!

You will never be a farmer,



(pounds on door)

(repeated pounding on door)

- Who is there?

- Skjervald:
It is I...


There you are, finally.


had to go all the way to Borg...


You are long overdue.

Yes, it took longer than I expected.

But, this was my final mission.

I promise, Ylva.

You said that you would

finish the house

and that the barn would be

finished by winter.

I know. And it will be finished.

By next winter, perhaps?

By summer.

Summer? Do you promise?

I promise, Ylva.

No more Birkebeinerne.

I will stay here, with you and Eirik.

I promise.

Is he asleep?

(Skjervald laughs)

No, you're wide awake.


Come, my boy.

There, look.

And there.


Oh, no.

Come, now.

(Eirik babbles)

- on:

- Oh.



(Skjervald makes horse sounds)

(both panting and grunting)

Only you can

get close enough to him.


you must be the one to do it.

For God's sake, Gisle,

Hkon is my stepson!

He is the King, Margaret.

He's too young to understand that the

time of the Birkebeinerne is past.

The Baglers are going to

win this war,

and that is an opportunity

I intend to exploit.

Meet him alone.

He trusts you. It will be fine.

What if something... what if things

don't go as we have planned?

Of course things will go

as we have planned.

Everyone will believe

that it was Inge.

With him being first in line to

the throne, no one will suspect us.


Soon you will be queen again.

(door opens)

(door closes)


You can't go through with it.


I heard what he said.

You heard nothing.

Do you understand me? Nothing.

Can you promise me that?

If this becomes known...

we die.

My dear, dear daughter.

Forgive me. Forgive me.

I must return to Sweden.

But, when we meet again,

it will be when I marry

in Nidaros Cathedral

and become queen once again.

And you...

you will be my... princess.

I know it is an arduous task.

You have a long journey ahead of you.

But, Sweden is important to us,

and only you can win their trust.

You must persuade them to break with

the Church and support us

in our fight against the Baglers.

My father sees us, Margaret.

Let us make him proud.

Cheers, my friend.

For Norway.

I want to thank you, Margaret.

You stood loyally at my father's side

for as long as he lived.

I have seen your sorrow

since father died,

and I know that you miss him

as much as I do.

I have lost all those closest to me.

I now only have you and Kristin.

For all your affection, cheers.

Farewell, my son.

Farewell, Margaret.

(horse whinnies)


(Hkon screams)


(Hkon shouts)

Get... get Inge Brdsson!

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