Viking Virtues OLD


SO, what do Viking Virtues have to do with a home furnishings company? We’re happy to share our vision and our passion ...

SCANDIS is not just about furniture. Our founder came to the US in 1963 from Scandinavia and on his own began this organization. Like the Viking, he was alone and without any ties or connections in America or the industry, but he had a goal. A goal that when combined with courage, perseverance, honor, truth and hospitality has grown into a thriving family business for three generations.

Now, here we are in 2017 and SCANDIS has arrived, bearing the Viking spirit. From the example set by our Norwegian leader, we have traversed the globe to seek out products of the best quality. The result is home furnishings that display timeless design for a great value and a quality you can trust. We want you to easily enjoy the comfort of your own home and to be proud to open your doors to others.

We invite you to peruse our collection, fall in love with the timeless design, great value and fine craftsmanship that ultimately allow you to find your inner Viking!


Driven to explore, the Vikings possessed extreme courage to voyage far from their homeland out into the unknown in search of riches, better land to farm, and opportunities to fish, trap and trade. To make the journey possible, they built the longship. It was so expertly designed, that it allowed them to sail the open sea as well as navigate the shallow water of the rivers. They were dauntless in their conviction to seek more.

Bravery is when “I’m afraid” becomes “I think I can" and ends with “Yes, I will!”

Truth was valued highly by the Vikings who were willing to sacrifice to defend it, and willing to accept it even when it was a hard truth. Truth meant having a confidence in beliefs and actions, being honest with oneself and living in accordance with those beliefs.

In Viking mythology, Ravens hold great significance. Heralded as messengers of deities, ravens are the gatherers of information. The story goes that one of the chief gods, Odin, kept a pair of ravens that would rest on his shoulders. One was called Hugin (Thought) and the other Muni (Mind). Each morning they set out in the world to see what was happening elsewhere. At the end of the day, they would return to Odin to report all that they had learned. In essence, they were his eyes and ears and gave him the advantage of knowledge.

When you are true to who you are and respect another’s truth, there you will find a meeting of the mind and heart.

Among the Vikings, hospitality was cherished as key to survival of the individual as well as the community. The weary traveler was always welcomed into the home and offered shelter, food and protection. When not the host, it was equally important to the Vikings that they behave as gracious guests and express gratitude for the help they received. When the hands are open offering guidance and assistance while the home is open offering comfort and friendship, authentic connections are formed.

YOU make it “home”, not the furniture. Open doors. Be charitable. Greet strangers. Become friends. Show gratitude. Let’s Hygge. (Scandinavian word that has no direct translation in English but instead refers to creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people).

As the reindeer of the far North must press on against the harsh elements climbing the treacherous, craggy mountain to reach the top, so must the Vikings perservere to achieve their goal, even against the odds. This was not a temporary effort, it was a way of life, their creed. So deeply rooted in their character, this perception of the Vikings has persisted over a thousand years.

Choose a goal and make your intentions known to the universe. Stay positive. And remember, when you veer off course, new opportunities that are beyond your imagination await you.

To the Vikings, their honor was their worth. A representation of his integrity. In all things expressed, they must be done with honor. It was the understanding that one must have the inner strength to establish a code of ethics and follow them, making sure words are in harmony with actions.

The bear was held in high esteem by the Vikings. Sacred to the god, Thor. Because this noble beast is intelligent, daring and highly adaptable, it was considered to be similar in personality and attitude to humans making it an ideal symbol of extraordinary strength of mind, body and soul.

Believe in your instincts. Value yourself and others. By doing so, you will be living and acting honorably.