Category Archives: Tromsø

Travel Hacking through Norway

Travel Hacking in Tromsø, Norway. Photo: Scott D. Meyer

Maximize your fun (and value) in Norway with Scott Meyer’s travel tips and expertise By Christy Olsen Field, Norwegian American Weekly Traveling in Norway is a lifelong dream for many Norwegian-Americans to see their ancestral homeland, but the sticker shock of Norwegian prices and the not-so-great exchange rate can be enough to deter people from traveling. Enter Scott ...

We hereby plant our beloved flag at the South Pole

Amundsen at the South Pole. Photo: Wikipedia

The centennial anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole was commemorated Dec. 14, 2011. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon was in attendance at the festivities in the city of Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic Ocean. Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen were prominent public figures who contributed to building Norway’s ...

Great-grandfather comes home after 102 years

Albert von Hanno drew Somby in Alta in 1909 at Alta Farm. Photo: NRK.

Per Ivar Somby (46) is happy. He suddenly received a text message from a completely unknown woman in Oslo, who has a drawing of his great-grandfather Aslak Larsen Somby from 1909. "I think the comment that is written in the drawing is funny: 'Five kroner required to be drawn.' My great-grandfather had a good business ...

Hurtigruten service schedule will stay on course

Tourists and coastal residents will see no change in Hurtigruten service after an agreement was signed by the shipping company and Norways Department of Transport.

The Norwegian coastal cruise line, Hurtigruten, will maintain its present schedule, and will continue to call daily at all of its 34 ports along the coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Continuation of Hurtigruten service was assured after the shipping line and Norway's Department of Transport signed a new agreement regarding the purchase of ...

Extraordinary marine organisms with promising health effects

During its short existence the Centre on Marine Bioactives and Drug Discovery (MabCent) in Tromsø has analysed some 70,000 fractions of Arctic marine organisms. Patents on two molecules have been applied for and applications for another 20 will soon follow. Professor Trond Ø. Jørgensen and his colleagues at MabCent find some extraordinary life forms in their ...

Improved results in 2009

Audited figures for 2009 show a considerable strengthening of the municipalities’ finances compared to 2008. Net operating surplus for the municipalities is estimated at 2.7 percent in 2009. The municipalities’ gross operating surplus in 2009 was about NOK 3.3 billion. The figures show that the municipalities’ gross operating revenue was ...

Statkraft upgrades renewable power generation in Norway

K2 power station in Høyanger (to be replaced by Eiriksdal power plant)

Statkraft has decided to spend more than NOK 1 billion upgrading hydropower facilities. In western Norway, the new power plants Eiriksdal and Makkoren will replace older facilities, while Nedre Røssåga power plant in northern Norway will be modernized. “These investments will result in more renewable energy, increased security of supply and significant local, regional and national ...

Tromsø in gigapixels

World's largest multi-touch screen at the University of Tromsø shows the northern city in incredible detail A giga pixel image contains a billion pixels (1000 times larger than a megapixel), which most people are familiar from ordinary digital camera. Now Tor Magne Stien Hagen, Daniel Stødle, and Otto Anshus, at the University of Tromsø combined 2200 ...