Tag Archives: Travel

From ancient spring ritual to crime story mania

Photo: Janne Karaste / Wikimedia Commons Back when Easter was Eostre, bonfires were a common ritual marking the return of the sun in spring.

Celebrating the beginning of spring may be among the oldest holidays in human culture Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles Easter is known as Påske in Norway. The Easter Bunny is Påskeharen. Easter Eve is Påskeaften. Daffodils that bloom during the spring are known as Påskeliljer, one of the main symbols for Easter in Norway. Publishers churn out series of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Affordable travel for all

  Proof is in the savings: Norwegian shows how smart new technology can lower travel costs Christy Olsen Field and Kelsey Larson Norwegian American Weekly Norway’s high cost of living can cause a lot of sticker shock for tourists and residents alike, but airline travel shouldn’t be one of them, thanks to forward-thinking airline Norwegian. Celebrating its 10th anniversary ...

Connecting us all

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Nordmenn Verden Rundt brings together Norwegians across the globe with social media By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Facebook is more than a digital photo album of what your kids did last weekend. Facebook provides a virtual meeting space for people across the globe to share similar interests, activities and heritage.We discovered a new Facebook connection ...

Your ideal Norwegian vacation

Photos: CH / www.visitnorway.com, Johan Berge / www.visitnorway.com Left: Explore old buildings at Maihaugen or Oslo’s Folk Museum. Center: The Viking Ship Museum is one of Oslo’s most popular attractions. Right: The Gamle Bybro in Trondheim.

Match these itineraries to your personality and see Norway the way you want to see it By Kelsey Larson, Norwegian American Weekly If you are planning a trip to Norway, it stands to reason that you want it to be memorable. Amidst all the big tourist attractions in this beautiful country, it is easy to lose sight ...

Architecture with stories to tell

The iconic Oslo Opera House along Bjørvika. Photo: CH/www.visitnorway.com

An architecture tour of Oslo opens doors to Norway’s history and cultural heritage Heidi Håvan Grosch, Sparbu, Norway Architecture provides a three-dimensional history of a culture, and Norway’s buildings have many rich stories to tell. Imagine my surprise when, on a recent trip to Oslo, I discovered that one of Norway’s best-known architects shared my last name. ...

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 ...

Taking you back to your roots

The hikers enroute to Kappadal (Photo: Jan Johannesson)

Heritage tours connect Norwegian-Americans to Norway in an unforgettable way By Char Rustan Brekke Director and Co-owner of Brekke Tours & Travel As a tour operator specializing in travel to Scandinavia, with a sub-specialty in Norway and heritage travel, Brekke Tours has had the privilege of assisting numerous Norwegian-Americans return to their ancestral roots. Through the years, Brekke Tours ...

The cradle of modern skisport

Photo: Hamish Moore

Morgedal is a small valley with a big claim to fame – Telemark skiing was born here When planning a trip to Norway, Morgedal isn’t a destination that often comes to mind. The name doesn’t sound as familiar to North American tourists as capital city Oslo, or coastal cities Bergen and Stavanger. But Morgedal should be ...