In peacetime, the Vanir pursued the regular activities of most other nations. They hunted and foraged for for food, and fished in the waters of the Western Ocean. While they had ships, they seldom ventured far from their own coasts.
The main deity of this culture was Ymir. At least some of them despised the southern gods, deemed weak, in contrast to Ymir.
The Vanir believed that all men were rewarded at the moment of their death by being welcomed at Ymir's table in the Great Halls.