NORWAY: The charming seaside town of Sandefjord

There is no doubt that Sandefjord is a wonderful holiday destination for locals and international tourists alike. The town’s productive whaling industry and Viking history made it one of the richest cities in Norway. Old and modern residential areas occupy the city center, providing a beautiful architectural contrast.  With Vesterøya and Østerøya peninsulas forming an … More NORWAY: The charming seaside town of Sandefjord

NORWAY: The Slottsfjell Museum and the history of Tønsberg

When in the oldest Norwegian town of Tønsberg, it is a must to go and visit the Slottsfjell Museum located right at the foot of Mount Slottsfjell to gain a better understanding of the history of the ruins site and the old town, which all dates back to the Viking Era. The museum welcomes its … More NORWAY: The Slottsfjell Museum and the history of Tønsberg

NORWAY: Mount Slottsfjell, Scandinavia’s largest ruin site (Things to See and Do in Tønsberg)

Tønsberg, the administrative center of the Norwegian county of Vestfold, is a small harbour town that has withstood the test of time. According to the Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241), the town has been in existence even before the Battle of Hafrsfjord, which occurred in 871. This makes Tønsberg the oldest town in Norway! After roaming … More NORWAY: Mount Slottsfjell, Scandinavia’s largest ruin site (Things to See and Do in Tønsberg)

NORWAY: A day trip to Tønsberg, the oldest Norwegian town (Things to See and Do)

Tønsberg is a beautiful harbour town located in the Vestfold county, the second smallest of the 19 Norwegian counties (fylke). Tønsberg got its name from the Old Norse form of the name Tunsberg, meaning “fenced area or garden”(tun) and “mountain” (berg). This might refer to its most famous landmark, the Slottsfjellet, a fortified hill. My husband and … More NORWAY: A day trip to Tønsberg, the oldest Norwegian town (Things to See and Do)

NORWAY: A trip to Klopptjern, Drammen’s biggest source of drinking water in earlier times

‘Tjern’ is the Norwegian word for a body of water that is slightly smaller than a lake. Last summer, Carl and I went on a little hike on the southwest part of Finnemarka (‘marka’ = wooded and hilly area), the Drammensmarka. Finnemarka is 430 km2 in size and bordered by the Tyrifjorden to the north, … More NORWAY: A trip to Klopptjern, Drammen’s biggest source of drinking water in earlier times

NORWAY: Elvefestivalen – Drammen’s biggest festival of the year!

Drammen is a beautiful river city in the Buskerud region. Drammensere love their city so much that in summer, during the first weekend after school starts, they celebrate the biggest festival of the year – the Elvefestivalen. Elv  is the Norwegian word for river, with the name of the festival referring to the 308 km … More NORWAY: Elvefestivalen – Drammen’s biggest festival of the year!

All aboard! A 2-night Color Magic cruise from Oslo, Norway to Kiel, Germany

Christmas is normally celebrated with the whole family, or clan. Last year was, however, different. Living far away from your family is really tough, but not a reason to be sad on Christmas. So Carl and I decided to go on a cruise from the 25th to the 27th, amidst weather forecast of a possible … More All aboard! A 2-night Color Magic cruise from Oslo, Norway to Kiel, Germany