I'm just wondering what y'all believe happens when we die? I haven't found much about it online.
sure, no worries 🙂 I mean, there are a lot of possibilities; I’ve met Norse pagans that believe in reincarnation, and others that don’t believe in an afterlife at all so it’s a little difficult to speak for Norse pagans as one monolithic group (as with all things) because… well, we’re just not. However for the purposes of your question I’ll answer from my own perspective which does assume the existence of an afterlife.
The three most common beliefs, the ones that are attested in texts are about three different possible afterlives ruled over by Freyja, Odin, and Hela.
Freyja: She receives half of the battle-dead, choosing before Odin and they exist in the field/meadow Folkvangr where she also has her hall, Sessrumnir. There is also mention of her taking women in general who wish to go to her.
Odin: Receives the other half of the battle-dead to be taken to Valhalla and become the Einherjar where they will ride out each day to fight a war amongst themselves, be made whole again by evening and return to the hall to feast and drink. There is also mention of Odin taking those who haven’t fallen in battle but are especially honourable or noble or just have high positions of authority, like kings.
Hela: Is essentially said to take the rest – those that die of sickness, die a “straw-death” (in their bed), and that sort of thing where they are brought to Helheim, or just “Hel” unlike the Xtian hell though it’s not a place of torment, just quietude and peace.
There is also mention or implication of Ran claiming sailors that fall overboard and the drowned in general, and there is the possibility of becoming a guardian spirit of sorts for your ancestral burial mound.
So, broad strokes, those’re the ones that’re written about or mentioned in some way in texts. If you want to look into them yourself they are attested in Gylfaginning, Grimnismal, Helgakvida Hundingsbana II, Skaldskaparmal, Voluspa, Baldrs Draumar, Egil’s Saga, Fagrskinna/Eiriksmal, and Hakonarmal. I would also suggest The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature by H. R. Ellis Davidson as a more contemporary source of info.
However, I have some different ideas and beliefs about some things than what exists in the historical texts so this next part is pretty much all UPG:
I believe that each and every god has their own hall or domain or some-such that houses the souls of the dead and that the they are chosen on an individual basis by their personalities and interests and such, and their closeness (whether they’re conscious of it or not) to certain gods so for example; a musician is more likely to go to Bragi, a hunter to Skadhi, a sailor (not drowned) to Njord, an academic to Odin, etc. of course it wouldn’t be entirely decided by your primary interest, it’s a lot more intricate with a lot of different factors I’m just kinda broad strokes-ing it for simplicity’s sake, but like; someone who loves plants and grows a beautiful garden as their primary interest, as what they care most about and what brings them the most joy and fulfillment could be just as equally claimed by Freyja, Freyr, Sif, and Thor so at that point it would come down to other things like their other interests and their individual personality and just which god they “fit” best with and if, after all of this was taken into account, two or more gods still had equal claim to them then I believe that they’d make a bet to decide who gets them OR that the soul themself would decide. Or the other factors of their personality might override their primary interest and so none of Freyja, Freyr, Sif or Thor would claim them but rather Heimdall or Tyr or whomever.
What you’ve got to keep in mind is that I’m not certain about any of this; there’s no proof, I’ve got nothing to back this up with other than my own perception of things, so it’s just my theorisations that I like better than anything else I’ve heard and so I choose to believe in it.
But essentially my belief in the afterlife as a Norse pagan can be boiled down to its utter simplicity as: Each individual goes to whichever god’s domain suits them best and they’ll be happiest with.