Taking the Krossobanen cable car from the lower station Krosso to the top station Gvepseborg was a unique experience! Krossobanen is the first cable car to be built in Northern Europe, and Scandinavia’s oldest two-way cable car that is still in traffic. From Gvepseborg, visitors can gaze upon the beautiful Rjukan valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gvepseborg … More NORWAY: A glimpse of the Rjukan Valley from Gvepseborg via Krossobanen cable car (UiO ISS excursion part 4)
The University Botanical Garden, which is part of the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo, is the oldest botanical garden in Norway. Founded in 1814, it has promoted awareness of plant diversity and has housed more than 5, 500 species coming from the Arctic to the Tropics. Aside from the greenhouses, there are … More NORWAY: The University of Oslo Botanical Garden – making the public aware of the importance of plant diversity since 1814
Norway initially proclaimed neutrality during the world wars. But due to its strategic location, ie, with the ice-free port of Narvik deemed important for the transportation of iron ore from Sweden, along with its other resources, the Scandinavian country was attacked and occupied by the German troops in 1940. All this and more about the … More NORWAY: The Narvik War Museum and the history of warfare in northern Norway
Here’s part 2 of my Lofoten experience. 😉 After getting a goodnight’s rest at Sandvika Camping, we hopped on the little boat again heading back to Ballangen. The interesting part about the boat ride, aside from seas turning scary rough as we approached Ofotfjorden, was the detour to the amazing Trollfjorden. Named after the famous Norwegian character, … More NORWAY: Lofoten Islands – Of majestic fjords and the midnight sun 2
Narvik is a wonderful city in the region Nordland. Its ice-free port has played an important role to the country, and was also one of the reasons why Germany invaded Norway during WWII. Ofotbanen Railway Line or Ofoten Line, a 43 km long railway, was constructed to transport iron from Sweden, thus proving the strategical … More NORWAY: Ofotfjorden – Love at first sight
Kolsås is a great opportunity for nature-lovers to go on a medium-level hike near Oslo and other big cities in the Akershus region. I love the first, the second, and the third time I conquered the mountain and I highly recommend all visitors to go there, especially in summer! It starts with a very easy … More NORWAY: Kolsåstoppen – an amazing and satisfying hiking experience not far from the city!
What about a nice summer visit to “the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist”? Thanks to my wonderful, wonderful hosts, Petter and Mirry, I got the chance to stroll along this magnificent park. The Vigeland Park, named after the artist, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), is one of Norway’s most visited attractions. There are … More 200 sculptures in a day!