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
There is only one word to describe the Kvitåvatn Fjellstoge (mountain lodge) in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rjukan in Telemark – “Wow!” It is situated 945 meters above sea level, with fantastic views of the Kvitåvatn lake and Gaustatoppen, the highest mountain in southern Norway. Last summer, the participants of the University of … More NORWAY: Kvitåvatn Fjellstoge – a mountain lodge in an area of dramatic natural beauty (UiO ISS excursion part 3)
The Telemark Canal was dubbed “the 8th wonder of the world” by the rest of Europe when it was completed in 1892. It took 500 men and five years to etch it in the Norwegian mountains, running 105 kilometers from Skien to Dalen. 18 locks link several long lakes in the Skien watershed. This waterway … More NORWAY: The Telemark Canal – the wonderful waterway (UiO ISS excursion part 2)
Telemark is one of Norway’s 19 counties, with a unique landscape of majestic valleys and hills to offer. It is home to the largest of the remaining stave churches in Norway, the Heddal Stavkyrkje, the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Rjukan and Notodden, the century old Telemark Canal, Mount Gaustatoppen where one could gaze across … More NORWAY: Visiting the little village of Heddal in Telemark (UiO ISS excursion part 1)
When I said that Norway is nature’s paradise, I meant it. 😉 This entry is part 1 of my experience in Lofoten Islands in the Nordland region two summers ago. Lofoten is an archipelago famous for its majestic fjords, picturesque scenery, dramatic mountains and peaks and rich wildlife. It lies in the Arctic Circle, making … More NORWAY: Lofoten Islands – Of majestic fjords and the midnight sun 1
‘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
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!
The long hike across the Saasenveien, or Sirikjerkeveien, in Vestfossen and Mjøndalen is one of my most unforgettable experiences during my first winter in Norway. The plan was to follow the training path (trimløype) across Øvre and Nedre Eiker in the Buskerud Province, i.e., a man-made road expanding ca. 25 kms and built from 1956-1978. … More Hiking across the Saasenveien training course on an icy winter day! Challenge accepted!
Finally, I’m done with the third to the last chapter of my online Norwegian course. Learning the language online is quite a challenge, and while it is very exciting at the start, the enthusiasm slowly fades. And I’m left with only a minute motivation to finish it, because yes, it has gone boring. 😛 But … More Welcome to “the shittiest city” in Norway! 😉