Bergen the Beautiful: Its Art and Artists

Lille Lungegardsvann Lake, in the center of Bergen

The tourist website for Norway captures the spirit and history of Bergen with its description of this city as  “a spectacular amphitheater clambering up the mountainsides.” We were there at midsummer’s eve, a time of celebration with bonfires in the three hours when it’s actually dark. Okay, let’s say dusky. In addition to the topographical clamber, Bergen also clamors in ... Read Full Article

The Wonder of White Nights in Northern Europe

Midnight Sun at North Cape Norway

Come inside the Arctic Circle, where during most of the summer, the sun never sets. Northern European countries that lie inside the Arctic Circle provide some very interesting White Night experiences. Because the sun does not set throughout the  night, you can take the opportunity to change the way you travel…take a chance, do something you haven’t done before, stay up late (really late.) Start ... Read Full Article

Photo Essay: Norway

Trollstigen pass

  Photographer Andrea Albertino chronicled his trip to Norway with these stunning photographs. Click on each photo to enlarge. Norway by Andrea Albertino First day in Norway: We landed in Oslo and we spent a relaxing evening visiting the Aker Brygge and enjoying a great dinner in a restaurant overlooking the sea. Second day: We reached Bergen travelling all day long by bus ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Oslo, Norway

Hotel Continental Oslo

 To help you make the right accommodation choice on your next trip to Oslo, here is a guide for where to stay in Oslo that considers every lifestyle and budget. Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the country's hub for culture, art, and industry, with sites like the main square of Stortorvet, Akerhus Castle, the National Museum, and the Basarhallene bazaar. Luckily, Oslo is a very walkable city with ... Read Full Article

The Fjord Paradise of Alesund in Norway’s Sunnmore Region

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  The lovely city of Alesund is situated at the peak of the fjords in the Sunnmore region and consists of five Islands. Amazingly, there are subsea tunnel connections to/from the city centre to many of these islands. The city of Alesund, with a population of 40,000, is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords, and the high peaks of the Sunnmore Alps. This ... Read Full Article

Norway Tourist Information

wharf in oslo

Norway is one of the most stable countries in the world and it boasts an environment mostly protected from the ravages of progress and modernization. Norway is famous for its thousands of fjords, deep forests and snow-capped mountains. The early Norwegians were the first Vikings (along with the Danes) and when they ceased raiding the coasts, they built some of Europe's most unique temples to God, ... Read Full Article

Bryggen – Bergen, Norway’s Medieval District

Unesco plaque in Bryggen

  It was on an icy, bright June evening that I reached Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. As I got off the ferry, pulling my suitcase behind me, the midnight sun greeted me, as did a row of intriguing colourful old buildings on the other side of the Bergen harbour. I had spent enough time pouring through guidebooks to know that this was Bryggen, a medieval district, ancient and full of ... Read Full Article

Top Sights of Oslo, Norway

akershus-fortress-and-castle

Oslo is a city of culture and colour. With parks, museums and history all on offer, you’re never short of things to see and do. However if you are short on time, pull out the city map and head out to the following locations: Oslo Fjord and Islands Oslo experiences long cold winters. So when the sun finally shows up, the locals make the most of it and head to the Oslo fjord and its islands. ... Read Full Article

A Journey on Norway’s Flamsbana Railway

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A trip to Norway would be incomplete without a ride on the spectacular Flam Railway. This journey, involving two trains and a ferry, unveils the best of Norway’s natural beauty and creative engineering: majestic mountains, lush forests and sparkling fjords all visible from the perch of a twisting and twirling rail line. It was an experience that left me speechless, a condition I rarely suffer ... Read Full Article