'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' Has Its Own Hidden Secrets

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I was already a huge fan of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, but after having the opportunity to travel to Norway a couple of weeks ago to experience the inspiration behind the third installment, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World? Yeah. It's safe to say I want to tell everyone to sit down and watch these movies right away. Aside from the important messages about embracing change and learning to let go that the film provides, being in Norway also let me in on a few secrets behind the folklore in the movie that is pretty interesting, to say the least.

  • The Hidden World is based on a real place -- The Magic White Caves.

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    Universal Home Entertainment

    Walking into the Magic White caves is like being right there in the middle of the movie. It's cold and dark, and there are all these twists and turns -- and there are lights that reflect off the walls, creating this magical, colorful wonderland. We literally found the Hidden World -- and even had a special visitor there to greet us.

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  • I actually met Toothless! 

    What a great tour guide he was! 

  • We also visited a traditional Viking village, where we learned that the legend of dragons is real. 

    One of the residents of the Njardarheimr Viking village in Gundvagen told us that when you suddenly see a large cloud over the mountains, it might be nothing more than a cloud ... or it just might be a cough or a sneeze from one of the dragons who is rumored to live in the caves that are hidden from plain sight. Hmm ...

  • You know those horned helmets "Vikings" are always depicted wearing?

    Gundvagen viking village
    Mary Hawkins

    Yeah. Those aren't a real thing. Authentic Vikings do not wear them. But Vikings are absolutely real! The people we met at Njardarheimr Viking village in Gundvagen are not actors. They are real Vikings who have adopted the lifestyle and continue to live the same way their ancestors did, thousands of years ago. 

    The next time you see one of those helmets in a souvenir shop, you should know you're getting exactly what you pay for: A souvenir. 

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World may be a fictional movie, but the magic of Norway is impossible to deny.

    There's such an air of whimsy in this beautiful country, and every single view is more breathtaking than the last. It really does look like something straight out of a fairy tale, and if fairy tales do exist, then Norway is most definitely where they come to life.

  • It's easy to see why this location was chosen as the setting for the end of Hiccup and Toothless's story.

    fjords of Norway.
    Mary Hawkins

    Sniff, sniff. Hey, if the trilogy had to come to an end, there's really no better place it could've happened.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is out on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD now.

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    Universal Entertainment

    If you haven't already experienced the magic of this flick, make sure to put watching the movie on your to-do list. You won't be disappointed. 

    *Disclosure -- I attended the trip to Norway on behalf of CafeMom as a guest of Universal Entertainment, and my travel, meals, tours, and accommodations were provided by them. However, all opinions and thoughts expressed in this article are my own, and were not influenced by Universal or anyone involved with the making of 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.'