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a bonfire next to the ocean during midsummer
Summer is finally here and in Norway that means it’s time for Midsummer celebrations. In fact, Midsummer has been celebrated throughout Europe for thousands of years. It’s a joyous way to mark the end of the cold, dark days of winter and celebrate the return of the long, warm days of summer filled with endless...
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A close up view from the crowd marching in the Syttende Mai parade in Oslo, Norway pre-pandemic.
Norway is gearing up for its biggest annual celebration and we thought we’d take you along as our plus-one. Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway celebrated every year on the 17th of May. It is simply referred to as “Syttende Mai” (17th May) and is a colorful celebration of Norway’s independence. History The...
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a windy road through a snowy landscape to get to a cabin, Norway.
Easter is one of the most important holidays in Norway. Despite being a very secular country, this holiday is an important part of Norwegian culture. Easter is a time for Norwegians to celebrate the last days of winter as well as the arrival of spring after a long period of cold and darkness. And celebrate,...
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A view over Geiranger and Geirangerfjord in Norway.
As most of the world is spending time at home right now in quarantine, we’ve spent a lot more time watching movies. Films have been a wonderful way to escape the heaviness in the world right now by providing a way to venture outside the confines of our homes. We thought it would be fun...
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Scenic view into the Efjorddalen valley wilderness in Norway in warm autumn light with Kuglhornet summit in background.
Autumn is a special time in Norway. The tourists have gone back to their respective homelands, the days are growing shorter again, the air is crisp and cool, and the natural landscape is filled with reds, golds, greens, and browns. We’ve put together a list of the best things to do during autumn in Norway....
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A train journeying through a beautiful Norwegian landscape.
Norway has arguably some of the most stunning scenery in the world. As a result, it offers some amazing train journeys along its fjords and through its wild and dramatic countryside. We’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the  5 best train journeys in Norway. Flåm line The Flåm railway might...
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Detail of a Viking decoration Inside the Longhouse in the Lofotr Viking Museum in the town of Borg in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
The interest in Vikings has permeated pop culture in recent years with numerous video games, TV shows, and films paying homage to Norse mythology. Many new people have now set their sights on the land of Odin as a vacation destination and it’s no wonder. With its stunning natural landscape, friendly people, and rich Viking...
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A view looking over Lillehammer from the Lysgardsbakken ski jumping arena in Lillehammer, Norway.
Does the town of Lillehammer sound familiar? It should. It was home to the Winter Olympics in 1994, where the infamous ice-skater Tonya Harding complained of a broken shoelace after a failed first jump. Tonya Harding earned notoriety when her ex-husband hired a hit man to assault fellow Olympian Nancy Kerrigan at the Olympic trials...
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a view looking over the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall across the fjord
We thought it would be fun this week to focus on the treasured World Heritage sites of Norway. There are eight in total: Bryggen, Urnes Stave Church, Røros mining town, the rock art of Alta, Vegaøyen, the Struve Arc, West Norwegian fjords, and Rjukan. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) has a...
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A panoramic view of the city of Trondehim, Norway
This week we’re going to focus on the beautiful city of Trondheim. This city is often overlooked by tourists in favor of the famous fjords, or the larger cities of Oslo and Bergen. However as Norway’s 3rd largest city, Trondheim has so much to offer. This is in part due to the city’s large student...
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