Category Archives: Travel

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 ...

Smartphones add a new twist to travel

Photo: Phil Campbell / Flickr Does it seem like people are on their phones all the time? Smartphones are an invaluable resource for travelers, letting tourists research hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

An increasing number of foreign tourists are planning their entire trips, all the way down to their menu choices, using smartphone apps that access online reviews Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Sipping coffee at a sidewalk café at Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop in Solvang, California is an ideal place to observe tourists that line the streets ...

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 ...

Discovering the New Nordic in South America

Christy and Carl enjoy the sunshine and free wi-fi at Olsen restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Christy Olsen Field Seattle, Wash. If James Bond lived in Buenos Aires, Olsen would surely be his favorite haunt. This line sealed the deal for me. I came across the review of the restaurant Olsen in Buenos Aires while planning a two-week winter getaway to Argentina with my husband Carl in February. I find Nordic connections everywhere I go, ...

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 ...

Lillehammer before “Lillyhammer”

Photo: Torstein Frogner/Wikimedia The Vikingskipet was built for Olympic speedskating but now hosts a wide array of events.

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Did you know that the town of Lillehammer was seen on TV sets worldwide almost 20 years before former mafia boss Frank “The Fixer” relocated to this Norwegian town? In 1994, Lillehammer was a quiet charming hamlet hosting the Winter Olympics, and I got to attend. I have to confess that I only went ...

Rønningen Ramblings: Allemannsretten

 Photo: Heidi Grosch Rosalie Grosch hikes the Old Stryn Mountain

Rønningen Ramblings with Heidi Håvan Grosch Allemannsretten Heidi was a long-time Minnesotan until she married her favorite Norwegian, Morten, and moved to his home country of Norway. As a recent immigrant she is experiencing Norway with a unique perspective, filling us in on the good, the bad and the unexpected! The song “give me land, lots of land, ...

Weak kroner means optimism in tourism

Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt / Visitnorway.com A traveler enjoys camping on Hauklandstranda beach in Lofoten. In Norway it’s free and legal to pitch a tent almost anywhere on unfenced land.

Traveling to Norway from the US doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you follow these simple tips Rasmus Falck Oslo, Norway There is a lot of optimism in the tourist industry these days. One of the reasons is the lower price for Norwegian kroner. Compared with the US dollar, NOKs have been 10 percent cheaper. The Norwegian ...

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, ...