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Norwegian Town Will Finally Get Sunlight During the Winter

Norwegian Town Will Finally Get Sunlight During the Winter Karl Martin Jakobsen, Visit Norway Imagine what it would be like to never see the sun. In the Norwegian town of Rjukan, that's exactly what life is like six months out of the year. Located in a valley, because of the high mountains that surround the town, from September...

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers Michael Gwyther-Jones, Flickr Well at least global warming is good for something. The rise in Earth's temperature is making snow lines and glaciers recede on mountain ranges all over the world. While this is a worrying trend, it's revealing hidden bits of history to...

Scandinavian Hotel Bans Porn Channels, Opts for Art Instead

Scandinavian Hotel Bans Porn Channels, Opts for Art Instead Edwart Visser, Flickr In the privacy of a hotel room, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Order room service, spend the entire day in a robe, engage in a casual affair, watch porn. Well, not in Scandinavia. Scandinavian hotel chain Nordic Choice owner Petter...

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice Wikimedia Commons A hundred and twenty years ago, Norwegian scientist Fridtjof Nansen started a journey that made him one of the greatest explorers of all time. He set out to purposely get his ship frozen in the polar ice. The reason? To study polar currents. His ship,...

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof Alex Robertson Textor Launched in 1956, Eurovision is a Europe-wide music competition held every May under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Participating countries select their representative songs over the course of the preceding winter and spring....

Video Of The Day: Polar Spirits Dance Above Norway

Landscape photographer Ole C. Salomonsen's main area of focus is capturing the arctic lights. Lucky for him, he lives in the right place: the Norwegian artist admits his home country is a "photographers dream." "[Tromsø] is one of the best places in the...

And The World's Most Expensive Starbucks Is...

And The World's Most Expensive Starbucks Is... Coffee addicts bound for Scandinavia might want to consider a dip in an icy fjord as an alternative morning pick-me-up. The Wall Street Journal has calculated that a grande latte in Oslo will run Americans a jolting $9.83. Helsinki and Stockholm are also cities offering...

Television Program On Wood Ignites Passion In Norwegians

Television Program On Wood Ignites Passion In Norwegians If you're going to visit Norway, we'd suggest you do some reading before you arrive. And no, we're not suggesting that you buy a phrasebook or learn how to navigate the local public transportation systems – we suggest that you seek some knowledge about a topic...

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013 Aurora Borealis, new Nordic cuisine, ice hotels, hot springs, fjords, moose, meatballs and music? Scandinavia is at the top of the list for a lot of travelers these days. But if you can't book a ticket to the northern countries this year, Washington, D.C., might be your...

The Northernmost Castle In The World

The Northernmost Castle In The World I'm in a northern state of mind. Perhaps it's the hail tickity-tacking off my window, or maybe it's because Gadling is sending me to Estonia this February. That's right, I'll be freezing my butt off for your edification and entertainment. Reading about the great...

Video: Norwegian Kayakers Have Close Encounter With Humpback Whale

A group of sea-kayakers in Grotfjord, Norway, had an up-close-and-personal experience with a humpback whale over the weekend, reports CNN. Such encounters are rare, especially with humpbacks, which makes this video even more spellbinding. ...

A Wing That Lets You Fly Underwater

What would you say if I told you there was a magical machine that combined scuba diving with hang gliding, required no training, and offered a way to fly past fish and outrace turtles? You'd probably tell me I was on hallucinogens. In all seriousness though, with...

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012 Tijuana. Chernobyl. Sicily's mafioso strongholds. Cairo's Garbage City. The contaminated holy waters of Varanasi, India. Bosnia. Norway's frozen tundra. These might not be the places you'd like to visit on your next holiday, but you will want to read about them in the latest...

Base Jumping Stunt In Norway Goes Terribly Wrong

Ouch! When base jumper Richard Henriksen decided to add a gymnastics element to his daring stunt, he expected everything to go smoothly. Unfortunately, Henriksen did not foresee the high bar he was performing his routine on to completely collapse, propelling him head...

Snowkiting Harmful To Reindeer, Scientists Say

Snowkiting is becoming big in Norway. At first glance it looks like some extreme fun in harmony with nature. After all, you're just zipping across the snow while being dragged by a kite. It looks environmentally friendly. Not true, says a new scientific study. The BBC...

Video Of The Day: Norway Farming Country

"FARMING COUNTRY" from Dvergastein on Vimeo. I'm already a fan of the photography work of Svenn Dvergastein, so when he sent me a link to one of his newest time-lapse videos, I checked it out. Centered in Norway, in the town of Brunlanes in the county of Vestfold,...

Who Said Humans Couldn't Fly? Wingsuit Diver Alexander Polli Defies Gravity

Whoever said humans couldn't fly has never seen GoPro HD Athlete Alexander Polli wingsuit dive. Polli is one of the top wingsuit divers in the world, spending a majority of his time trying to find the planet's best base jumping spots and exploring treacherous terrain....

Does Nessie's Norwegian Cousin Lurk In Europe's Deepest lake?

Does Nessie's Norwegian Cousin Lurk In Europe's Deepest lake? Hornindalsvatnet in Norway is Europe's deepest lake. So deep, in fact, that's it's never been properly explored. Nobody is even sure exactly how deep it is, with the official depth of 514 meters (1,686 feet) being challenged. Now it appears the unexplored waters may...

Injured Hiker Sets Remote Norwegian Island On Fire

Injured Hiker Sets Remote Norwegian Island On Fire In the classic 1994 outdoor film "The River Wild," Meryl Streep's hapless husband manages to create a signal fire to let his kidnapped wife know that he is still alive and planning on staging a rescue effort. Upon seeing the wafting plumes of smoke emanating from the...

Svalbard, Norway On A Budget

Svalbard, Norway On A Budget It's impossible to travel to Svalbard on a budget according to an orthodox definition of budget travel. The standard shoestring repertoire (student train passes, cheap fast food or street food, sleeping in train stations or parks) is next to impossible to carry out in...

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