Category Archives: Locations in Norway

Gjelder Hele Svalbard: Vacation at the top of the world

This polar bear sets the tone for all visitors, greeting them at the airport’s baggage claim.

Darin Lietz Seattle, Wash. “Where in the world is Svalbard?” Unless I’m addressing a native Scandinavian, that’s the reaction I tend to get upon mentioning this remote Arctic archipelago. After explaining where it is, and the fact that I’ve actually visited the place, the next invariable question is, “Why would you want to go there?” That’s a reasonable ...

A walking tour of historic Trondheim

Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com The Nidaros cathedral, highlight of the city. For a great view of the rest of the city, climb the narrow, steep stairs up to the tower.

Norway’s first capitol has much to offer in a small town center, from gothic cathedral to bars and boutiques David Nikel Trondheim, Norway Norway’s former viking capitol is often ignored by tourists in favor of the fjords of Vestlandet and the bright lights of the capitol. However, a simple stroll around the compact city centre reveals a city rich ...

Car travel: off the beaten path

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch Gamle Stryn Mountain Road

Heidi Håvan Grosch Renting a car and driving your way around Norway is a wonderful option as you can explore areas off the beaten path. As many of Norway’s especially scenic roads are classified as National Tourist Roads , it makes them easier to discover. Often just a short detour from the main highway or an ...

Contemporary Art Exhibition Faces Death

Photos courtesy of Kreftforeningen Photographer Walter Scheler photographed patients before and after death for this ground-breaking exhibition at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo.

To promote openness about death, the Norwegian Cancer Society opens a portrait exhibition of dying and dead people Special Release Kreftforeningen The exhibition “Life before Death” is a collaborative project between the Norwegian Cancer Society and the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo. It portrays 26 people who know they are dying. Photographer Walter Scheler and ...

King Oscar II Chapel Sits as Border Sentinel

Photo: John W. Barry  King Oscar II Chapel sits as sentinel over land and sea. It was once whitewashed for even greater visibility.

Patricia Barry Hopewell Junction, N.Y Matt Barry Molde, Norway Far from the hustle and bustle of Oslo or Bergen sits the charming King Oscar II Chapel (Kong Oscar IIs Kapell) in eastern Finnmark. A sentinel overlooking the Barents Sea, the King Oscar II Chapel beckons travelers—including our family in 2012—to this distant outpost of Norway. About 2500 km from Oslo ...

Marit Bjørgen’s doppelgänger cheers her on

Photo courtesy of Jaffrey Bagge Which one is the real one? Bagge is flattered by comparisons to Marit Bjørgen, who won the gold medal in crosscountry skiathlon at the Sochi Olympics.

Seattle woman is a dead ringer for Norway’s gold medal-winning skier--and her new biggest fan Staff Compilation TV2 Jaffrey Bagge (30) lives in Seattle, Washington, which is Bergen’s sister city. She works as a marketing director at her parents’ catering company and never goes skiing. When a Norwegian friend a while ago showed her pictures of Olympic star Marit ...

Artisans and ancestry

Photo: courtesy of Ray Kerns. Ray Kerns with one of his stained glass projects.

Ray Kerns, veteran and artisan, reflects on ancestry and connections with – and separation from – the past Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor A sole artisan designed and built the “7 Trails Trading Post,” which is home of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation as a “friends group” in support of the U.S. Park Service Knife River Historic Indian ...

Reflections from Sparbu

Photo: St. Olaf Choir. It was a full house at little Snåsa Kirke for the St. Olaf Choir concert.

On a Visit from the St. Olaf Study Group By Heidi Håvan Grosch There is nothing better than a busload of Norwegian-Americans visiting Norway. Passionate about everything they encounter, they eagerly ask questions, share stories and soak in every experience they are exposed to. Such was Saturday, June 16th for us here in Sparbu. About a year ago, ...

A new interpretation

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Robert G. Johnson and Janey Westin offer a new theory on the presence of Norse explorers in North America Kelsey Larson Managing Editor The Kensington Runestone in Minnesota, the Spirit Pond runestones discovered in Maine, reports of Native American peoples with light skin and eyes...could there possibly be a historic explanation for these phenomena, or are they simply ...

New from Norway

The Canary Digital Radon Detector. The Canary is battery powered, about the size of a large cell-phone and can be easily placed in a test space. It uses a sensitive, electronic element to “actively” detect radon gas and display measurements in real-time. It was developed by Norwegian scientists and is manufactured in Norway by Corentium.

New Norwegian technology allows for quick and easy at-home radon tests John Erik Stacy Seattle, Wash. Norwegians are well aware of insidious health danger of naturally occurring radon gas. Radon can seep from the earth into homes and work-places, and the buildings of Norway – often built into living rock and well insulated against the winds of winter ...