Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Interesting Fact about Norway. Part 2

Ten more curious facts about Norway and its people.

Interesting Fact about Norway. Part 2

1. Predominantly, the Norwegians are polite and credulous people. The older generation is more pedantic, many keep traditional practices in household and business.

2. They are reserved towards foreigners, but welcoming as well. They invite you to their houses, share food, and give advice… You can make true friends in Norway!

3.  It is relatively easy to launch a new company in Norway. Just be ready to pay high taxes and remember that the locals are conservative when they choose goods and services.

4. Despite geographical proximity to Sweden, the Norwegians are the most different and unique in Scandinavia. Nature differs as well.

Interesting Fact about Norway. Part 2

5. Pets, especially dogs, are well-trained. They do not bark a lot, they are friendly and normally do not bother their owners. They are quite reserved even with each other.

6. If you have a goal to have a personal meeting with a prime-minister of Norway, you can reach it in a quite a short time. 7. You will not practically find an expensive car in Norway. In the majority of cases drivers of new S-Сlasses or BMWs Х6 are from Germany or other EU countries.

8. Roads in Norway are really good, but almost the whole regional network is one-way. Highways offer just one lane for each side.

Interesting Fact about Norway. Part 2

9. The local people are usually fit. They spend a lot of time outside or by the sea, food does not contain much fat and is of high quality. Fast food is not popular.

10. It is almost impossible to find a sushi restaurant in Norway. Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger have such cafes, in other towns you may find just one. Their quality is modest, and the price is as usual high.


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Monday, 27 February 2017

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

What associations come first in your mind when you think about Norway? Not many, to be honest. Vikings, Edvard Grieg, mountains, fjords, and trolls. Below you will find some more food for thought.

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

1. Population of Norway is less than 5 million. More than 1.5 million of Norwegians live in Oslo, the capital, and its suburbs. Every town with the population bigger than 30 thousand is considered large.

2. The nature of Norway is majestic and diverse. Forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, the sea – and are in primal, unspoiled state. The attitude towards nature is very careful. There are practically no poachers and litter. Because of the sea, there are no mosquitoes and other unpleasant insects.

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

3. All stories that Norway is a very expensive country are true. Generally, all goods are expensive, and services (like taxi) are even more expensive than goods.

4. Food in Norway is of excellent quality, especially dairy products.

5. Almost 100 per cent of Norwegians are connected to high speed Internet. Because of severe climate and vast distances, they spend a lot of time online.

6. Sea and fresh water fishing in Norway attracts fishing-lovers from all over the world. The country is abundant with fish. However, fishing regions are only in the North, up to Bergen. And you do not have to get a license for sea fishing.

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

7. This is the reason why recently many Europeans started coming to Norway by refrigerator trucks. They rent the cheapest houses or stay at campings, and go fishing for two weeks in a row, providing themselves with fish for half a year ahead.

8. Supermarkets sell beer and cider no stronger than 5.2 degrees. Anything stronger – including wine – can be bought solely in restaurants, bars and Vinmonopolet.

9. Life in Norway is calm and routine. People start working approximately at 10 am and finish already by 4 pm. On weekends, only restaurants and supermarkets are open.

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

10. Young and even middle-aged Norwegians are fond of sci-fi and fantasy as genres. Films like Lord of the Ring or Star Wars are especially popular.

11. The majority of TV shows are in English, or with Norwegian subtitles.

12. Local cuisine is simple and plain. The Norwegians are good at fish preservation – drying, salting, smoking etc.

Interesting Facts about Norway. Part 1

13. When the Norwegians drink, they clang glasses together and say "Skol!" Toasts are not customary.

14. You will not find active life out of big towns.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

Top five hidden wonders of Norway. Although they are not as vast as fjords or as impressive as the view from Preacher's Pulpit Rock, these jewels of Norway will not leave anyone indifferent.

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

1. KANNESTEINEN ROCK

Kannesteinen Rock is a magnificent mushroom shaped rock formation located in the rural village of Oppedal, Norway, approximately 10 km west of the center of Måløy. It was formed over thousands of years by the splashing waves.

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

The rock is about three feet high and wide enough for three or four people to stand on. It is especially popular among photographers who want to take impressive pictures.

2. EMANUEL VIGELAND MUSEUM 

Emanuel Vigeland's Museum at Slemdal is one of Oslo's best kept secrets. It was opened to the public on December 8th, 1959. The museum's main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room, completely covered with fresco paintings.

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

Entering the museum is a unique experience. The impression of the dimly lit frescoes with multitudes of naked figures is reinforced by the unusual and overwhelming acoustics of the room.

3. AURLAND VIEW POINT 

This unusual view point resembles as the world's most dangerous chute, however at the very top of this amazing wooden construction there is a thin glass panel that prevents visitors from "sliding down".

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

From the point located in three hours' ride from Bergen, you can see a breathtaking view to the Sognefjord and Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane County.

The wooden construction 4 meters wide starts right from the roadside and stretches 30 meters up. Nearby there is a parking for 2 buses and 10 cars. 

4. TORGHATTEN, THE MOUNTAIN WITH A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH IT 

Torghatten is a mountain on Torget island in Brønnøy municipality. The mountain is famous for a natural tunnel going through its center.

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

The tunnel is 160 meters long, 35 meters high, and 20 meters long. It was formed during the Ice age when ice and water eroded the looser rocks, while the harder ones in the mountain top have resisted erosion.

5. HANSKEN (THE GLOVE) STATUE 

Walking in the streets of Old Town of Oslo and musing about the times when the old capital was still named Christiania, you will find a fountain statue of a glove. According to the legend, it stands exactly at the place where King Christian IV threw his glove.

Top 5 Most Unusual Sites in Norway

The Glove symbolizes the King’s words, when he declared: "The new town will lie here!" And from this place the construction of Oslo started.


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Norway's Ice Hotels

If you think that only the bravest polar explorers can sleep on ice within the snow, think again. Today such extreme conditions are available for many tourist as more and more ice hotels are opening around the world.

Norway's Ice Hotels

These hotels do not need repairs – every year they are built anew; many of them do without running water and bathrooms. Warm sleeping bags for everyone are the most important. Such hotels may be chilly, but what they lack in warmth, they make up for in creativity!

BJORLI ICE LODGE 

It takes nearly four weeks to build this amazing hotel, but only days to melt in spring. The Bjorli Ice Lodge offers a magical winter experience, its guests are invited to stay in carefully crafted rooms of ice and snow. The frozen facility is built next door to the well-known Hotel Bjorligard and its 11 groomed ski trails.

Bjorli roughly translates as "beaver hill" because the furry, flat-tailed rodent once ruled the densely wooded banks of the meandering Rauma river which flows right by the Ice Lodge.

Norway's Ice Hotels

The mountainous landscape caters to anyone of any age. Adventure seekers relish in the rugged terrain, while those looking to relax can sit back with a near-frozen cocktail or hot coffee and enjoy the pleasant, quiet scenery. The Ice Lodge is uniquely designed with inviting arctic-deco rooms of ice and snow. From the ice bar to the ice sculptures, everything is made of frozen water. Even the beds are framed in ice but, don't worry, between the bedding and sleeping bags, most guests never complain about being cold.

The Ice Lodge has an intricate chapel made entirely of ice and snow that can seat up to 120 people and has played host to many weddings, christenings, concerts, and events.

KIRKENES SNOW HOTEL 

Kirkenes Snowhotel opened for the first time in 2006, and since then has been giving its guests a wonderful experience in one of Norway’s most beautiful surroundings. It is situated in the easternmost town of Norway.


Every of 24 rooms in Kirkenes Snowhotel have a different theme from our Arctic culture or nature. The design was developed by Finnish and Japanese artists. The rooms are five meters in diameter, and they are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The lighted ice sculptures give the Snow Hotel a very cozy and special atmosphere. No matter how cold is outside, the snow hotel holds a stable -4 Celsius temperature.

Guests have the tastiest three-course dinner made on the open fire, and warm themselves in a sauna. Adventures offered through the hotel include an arctic king crab fishing tour, a northern lights tour by husky ride, or a cross-country skiing tour.

SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL 

The Igloo Hotel is the first one built in Norway and the second in the world. The hotel has 26 snow rooms, 4 decorated suites, ice bar, ice chapel and sculptures. The igloo hotel is one of its kind and is about 2,500 square meters large.

Norway's Ice Hotels

This ice hotel appears in Finnmark every winter from the year 2000. All exterior and interior is made of snow and ice; rooms, the beds, even the glasses in the bar. The exterior changes every year and is thematic. In 2004 the sculptures were inspired by Vikings, in 2005 – by Norwegian fairy-tales, and in 2006 – by local fauna. The hotel has approximately 30 rooms, suites, ice gallery, and ice-chapel and is decorated with ice sculptures.


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Friday, 17 February 2017

The Best Time for Excursions

Norway is an azure surface of fjords, Trollstigen, so famous among tourists, it is Flåm railway that passes the steepest slope in the world, and Oslo, cultural center of the country with multiple various monuments and museums, and different historical towns all over the place.

The Best Time for Excursions

The best time for sightseeing is, of course, a warm season from May until the beginning of September.

BEACH SEASON IN NORWAY 

The Best Time for Excursions

Norway is not the first country you will think about while considering a beach holiday destination. However you will find there several wonderful beaches with warm waters – thanks to Gulf Stream. Norway's South-Western coast is creeky with hidden bays that offer best Norwegian beaches – well equipped and with an extensive list of diversities. Beach season starts in June, however the majority prefer to begin swimming in July, when water temperature reaches +18 °C. Last visitors leave beaches in the middle of August.

YACHTING SEASON 

The Best Time for Excursions

Fresh mountainous air, breathtaking landscapes, and northern seas… Yachting in Norway allows you to escape from the fuss of modern civilization and submerge into the primal world of wild nature. The long stretching line of southern and western coast is an ideal place for yachtsmen. The season lasts from April to September, however the most favorable time for this sport is from July until August.

FISHING SEASON

The Best Time for Excursions

Norway is abundant with fish – in seas, lakes and rivers. Here, it is difficult to fail to catch a fish even for a beginner. Sea fishing is possible all year round because coastal waters do not freeze even in winter, moreover, you do no need a license. However for freshwater fishing you will need a document. The season here lasts from June to September. Spring and fall are fish's breeding seasons, which is why fishing is prohibited.

CRUISE SEASON IN THE FJORDS 

The Best Time for Excursions

The best time for fjord cruises (and the peak time as well) is from April until September. Tours traditionally start in Bergen. Of course, you can explore the fjords in winter as well – because waters do not freeze – however it is not that pleasant to stay on a cold deck for a long time.

MOUNTAIN SKIING SEASON 

The Best Time for Excursions

Mountain ski tourism started to develop in Norway already in the second half of the 19th century. Lillehammer hosted Winter Olympic Games in 1994. Because of the severe climate, the skiing season is rather long – snow cover in the mountains is solid from the middle of November until May. Cross country skiing is also popular in multiple ski resorts.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Norway in Spring: Awake after a Winter Sleep

In May not only flowers are in blossom but the Norwegians as well. The nature virtually explodes with fresh colors. May is a time for several national holidays, and people gladly celebrate the end of cold winter.

Norway in Spring: Awake after a Winter Sleep

In late spring Norwegian nature is the most beautiful. Trees and flowers wake up from their winter sleep, snow in the mountains start to melt and revive multiple waterfalls. In the same time peaks are still covered with snow, and orchards of Hardangerfjord start to bloom. This is exactly what heaven looks like for many Norwegians.

Many people think that spring comes in the day of vernal equinox in March. However, in some regions of Norway spring comes already in February – when snow starts to melt and first flowers appear.

Norway in Spring: Awake after a Winter Sleep

However spring is not that simple. This season is capricious and its extravagance lasts until May. Sometimes days are cold and snowy, and sometimes it is so sunny and warm, that one can enjoy oneself sitting outside in the sun. And sometimes it is so windy that umbrellas get broken.

Spring is a time of contrasts. The temperature in the North and in the South of Norway can be absolutely different. Day and night temperature variation is also considerable.

SEASONAL FOOD 

Spring in Norway is a time for lamb, especially in Easter. The Norwegians are looking forward to new potatoes, asparagus and moly, as well as to fresh fish of all species, from herring to codfish. Spawning codfish, or skrei, from the Lofoten islands is considered a true delicacy.

Norway in Spring: Awake after a Winter Sleep

The spring season of palate-indulging dishes is continued by rhubarb. All sorts of pies with rhubarb are a true hit of a table in May all over the country, especially in the Fjord Region.

In spring, people traditionally emptied their barns and cupboards from what was left of winter stocks. And today corned meat and potato dumplings – raspeball – are among popular spring dishes.

WHAT TO PUT ON 

Speaking about spring clothes, the best way is to rely on your own eyes. While you put on a parka and tie shoelaces, the weather will change several times.

Norway in Spring: Awake after a Winter Sleep

The weather in spring is changeable, especially in the mountains. You will need reliable shoes and warm clothes even if the weather seems fine when you go out. Layers are the best solution, and be prepared both for sun and rain.

If you walk around a town, take an umbrella with you – if it is not windy, of course. If you go hiking, put on a raincoat or a windproof parka. Do not forget a pair of sunglasses and a sunscreen. Snow may still lay in the mountains, and one may easily get a sunburn because of reflected rays of sun.


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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Best Time to Visit Norway

A trip to Norway will allow you to enjoy the severe Northern splendor and stay forever within the warmest and most pleasant memories.

Best Time to Visit Norway

TOURIST SEASON IN NORWAY 

Despite the fact that Norway is industrially developed country, recreation here is a synonym of ecotourism. The Norwegians are extremely cautious about their nature, which is their true treasure and honor – high blue mountains, severe rocks of mystical, enchanting fjords, national parks rich in flora and fauna, chaotic strew of mirror-still lakes and, of course, northern lights.

First, Norway attracts people with this world of untamed wild nature. Besides, Norway is inseparable from mountain skiing. Moreover, this country offers multiple opportunities for active recreation like climbing, rafting, whale safari, fishing, and hunting. Those who prefer culture and education find many curious sites in small and cozy Norwegian towns.

Best Time to Visit Norway

To conclude, everyone will find something interesting to do and to see here in Norway where tourist season never ends!

HIGH SEASON IN NORWAY 

The most intense seasons in Norway are, of course, summer vacation period that lasts from May until September, and mountain ski period at ski resorts from December to March. During this time around 2 million people visit the country yearly – that makes almost a half of its population!

Best Time to Visit Norway

Tourist infrastructure is well developed here, that is why the country attracts visitors not only with its natural beauty but with high quality service as well. The majority of tourists come from Scandinavia, the USA, Japan, Australia and Spain. If you make up your mind to visit Norway in a high season, be ready to high prices!

LOW SEASON IN NORWAY 

Inter-season in Norway is cold and wet, however it is not an obstacle for some travelers who prefer to visit the country exactly at that time. They appreciate a possibility to save some money on flights, hotels and excursions.

Best Time to Visit Norway

Naturally the prices for tourist services are lower from October to the beginning of December and from April until mid-May when it is too warm to ski, too cold to swim, and excursions may become less pleasant because of the weather conditions.


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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Norwegian Lapland – a Journey to a Fairy Tale

Norway is amazing, it never stops to surprise. But she has a particularly magical region which is called Norwegian Lapland.

Norwegian Lapland – a Journey to a Fairy Tale

A trip to Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway, resembles a fairy-tale. Every day will bring you new discoveries and be filled with adventuress for the whole family!

During the whole winter season Finnmark offers its guests various entertainments like snowboarding, dog and deer sledding, king crab safari, Saami "spa" – bathing in a barrel with hot water under the open skies, northern lights, stay at Alta Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel made of ice and Kirkenes Snow Hotel made of snow, аs well as acquaintance with Saami culture.

Norwegian Lapland – a Journey to a Fairy Tale

Saami are the indigenous people of Norwegian Lapland. Today they settle mainly in the towns of Karasjok and Kautokeino. In Karasjok you will find Sapmi, a theme park of Saami culture, and Stalubakti magical theater. Apart from visiting the settlement, you can participate in salmon fishing, see a deer resting place and Engholm farm where they breed huskies. Go for a cruise to Finnish border. Take a look at Saami Parliament. In Kautokeino you may visit a silver workshop Juhls Sølvsmie.

One cannot leave Finnmark without being at Nordkapp! The North Cape rises 309 meters high above the sea level and is 500-600 million years old. Here you will feel endlessness and grandeur of Mother-nature. It is impossible to describe emotions when you realize that in front of you lie only the Arctic ocean and the North pole.

Norwegian Lapland – a Journey to a Fairy Tale

You just cannot go away from Norwegian Lapland and not to try local food. All cafes and restaurants offer Arctic menu where the dishes are cooked from the regional ingredients: sea food specialties of crabs and salmon, venison and partridge, berries and vegetables grown under the rays of midnight sun.


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