Norway

The Travelettes Guide to Ålesund, Norway

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Imagine colorful and ornamented Art Nouvou bulidings framed by a postcard scenery of mountains and fjords. My hometown, Ålesund, has been voted the most beautiful town in Norway, and not without reason. Its beauty is widely recognized (I'm not just saying this because I'm from there), even The Times are big fans. Located on the Norwegian west coast, it's jus[...]

Dogsledding in Hemsedal, Norway

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Norway and I have a somewhat difficult past. About a year or 2 ago I had a flight booked to Oslo at 8am but coming home drunk at 5am I never made it to the airport in time. Then, a year later, I was given the opportunity to visit on three different occasions within a matter of just a couple of months but never managed to squeeze it into my busy calendar. So [...]

A poor (wo)man's connoisseur guide to Oslo

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"Does this city of 560,000 inhabitants have enough to offer a visitor? Does it really have to be so pricey? The answer is YES. And NO, not really. But when you take into consideration its fine dining and blissful boozing, its scenic splendors, its potent underground culture and, in particular, its booming live music scene, Oslo is a life-lover's Garden of Ed[...]

We could be heroes - Tales of Telemark

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Rjukan is a Norwegian town where the sun is never seen during winter time. It's situated in the narrow valley of Vestfjord, surrounded by the Southern gateway to Hardangervidda, and by the foot of a majestic mountain: Gaustatoppen.  This stunning setting is also the reason why the nearly 3300 inhabitants of Rjukan don't even get a glimpse of a sunbeam during[...]

Where People Climb Mountains to See the Sun

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Berlin was cold, grey and rainy this morning when I had to get up early. Well, at least in my world it was early. 7 am. EARLY. 6 hours later I was in a different world. I've never been to Norway before. And I still don't know much about it. But I fell in love almost instantly. We drove through the countryside barely seeing any other car. Cesilie from Visi[...]

Øyafestivalen 2011 - a green music festival

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Last year, BBC asked: "Is this the greenest music festival ever?" This year, I went there to have a look for myself, uniting two of my main interests: music and the environment. My first pleasant surprise came when a girl in an electric car pulled over saying; "Hei, are you going to Øyafestivalen? I'm here to give you an environmental friendly ride for free.[...]

Dear Norway...

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Beautiful mountains, fjords and tiny islands out in the open sea. Those are the pictures we are used to see of my dear Norway. A few days ago, before the bombing in Oslo and the shooting at Utøya last Friday, I never expected my homeland to be the center of attention as a result of terror. As the Norwegian author Jo Nesbø put it in his article The Past is a [...]

A Must Do In Oslo: The Sunday Market

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Last week I went to Norway to visit friends and family, and decided that this time I was going to do some touristy stuff as well. One of the main things on my to-do-list when I visit a city is to go to thrift stores and flea markets, and Oslo was no exception. Instead of the standard souvenirs I love to find unique local, possibly weird and cheap treasures. [...]

Ona - A Coastal Time Travel

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Growing up in a Norwegian town located on seven islands, Ålesund, I've always felt a strong connection to the sea. Being a kid of the coast and mountains, these are the places where I can relax the most. One of the most beautiful places I know is the island Ona, a tiny fishing community which has been populated for centuries due to its proximity to the Atlan[...]