With the Olympics just wrapping up, it’s safe to say that sports are one of the things that can unify the world. When you dig deeper, though, you’ll learn that many sports hold a cultural heritage around the world. Here are a couple, as written in an article on Rol Cruise

Cross-Country Skiing


Because of the frequent snowfall in the winter (and even all year round farther north), you’ll find that cross-country skiing is a way of life for Norwegians. Sometimes, people who live in more rural towns and villages find that skiing is their only mode of transportation.

Aga, a blogger at Worldering Around, said that Norwegians are very active, and with the perfect winter conditions in Norway, skiing is a great sport to do every year. Even in summer, some Norwegians train for the winter with special skis that have wheels. Aga says, “Sami people from Scandinavia have been using skis for thousands of years. The remote parts of Norway are often inaccessible in the winter, so the only way to get close to the places is by skiing.”



This type of wrestling, traditionally practiced by men, is a sport that originated in Japan. This generally involves two competitors trying to wrestle the other to the ground. Because of the popularity Sumo has gotten in the media, it’s a popular sport for travelers to watch. 

The matches tend to be fairly quick, around thirty seconds. Unlike other martial arts, weight gain is seen as an essential part of training. 

Caber Toss


Played at The Highland Games, Caber Toss is a sport that not many people quite know much about. In order to play, you need to learn this: the caber is judged on the landing position, not who threw the caber the furthest. A caber is a long pole typically from a larch tree, the length being anywhere from 16 to 22 feet. When you throw the pole, it has to be tossed so that it turns end over end. This sport is definitely something that people jump at the chance to either watch or participate in.