Oslo Gardermoen is now bigger and better than ever before, but the new baggage rules are taking time to settle. Here's what you need to know. When the new expanded terminal opened at Oslo's Gardermoen airport earlier this year, frequent fliers breathed a sigh of relief. More spacious public areas, better signage, more security lanes, and more departure gates causing less last-minute changes at … [Read more...]
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This year's St. Olav's Festival gets underway on 28 July. Every year, Trondheim welcomes back its residents from their long summer holidays for a festival of concerts, lectures, discussions, medieval stalls, pilgrimage, services and more. The 2017 edition of Olavsfestdagene - the St. Olav Festival - runs from 28 July to 5 August. The tradition of celebrating Olsok (St. Olav’s Day) is an old … [Read more...]
British Airways has announced the end of its direct flights from London Heathrow to Bergen and Stavanger. Passengers currently booked on one of these BA flights on or after 29 October have the option of a full refund, rebooking to an alternative flight before the 29 October, or rebooking on a BA flight to/from Oslo. In the case of the latter, additional air or ground transportation costs will … [Read more...]
The second in our series of photo essays bringing the best of Norway's stunning natural environment to your screen. Following on our look at the Norwegian relationship with the water, this time we turn our heads to the skies. The northern lights - or aurora borealis to give them their scientific name - are one of Norway's many natural wonders. Pictured above is Trine Risvik from Tromsø … [Read more...]
Superstar blogger Vanessa Brune reveals all about living in the Norwegian Arctic, why she loved it, but why she's now ready to move on. Vanessa burst on to the blogging scene a few years ago when she started to share her experiences of travel and life in and around northern Norway on Snow in Tromso. Having thoroughly enjoyed each trip I've made north, I have long wondered what it would be like to … [Read more...]
This unique rock formation known as the "Troll's Dick" was vandalised, but a successful crowdfunding campaign has ensured its restoration. The world's media have gone crazy for the story. At the end of June, reports began to emerge that a well-known rock formation in Norway had been vandalised. Joggers near Egersund on Norway's south coast found the rock - said to resemble an erect penis - had … [Read more...]
For four weeks this summer, 26 artists will enhance towns near the Norway-Sweden border with giant street art. The Artscape international arts festival was hosted for the first time in Sweden in 2014, and this year moves to the Swedish region of Värmland. Värmland hugs the border with Norway to the east of Oslo. This summer, ten municipalities are taking part in a street art initiative to … [Read more...]
The first in a new series of photo essays bringing the best of Norway's stunning natural environment to your screen. The relationship between people and the water in Norway is as tight as Brits and their tea. Whether it's coastline, fjord, lake or river, water is everywhere in Norway and Norwegians make the most of it. The Trollfjord is one of Norway's narrowest bodies of water. … [Read more...]
A Norwegian newspaper reports that new self-driving electric buses will be trialled on the streets of Oslo next year. Aftenposten reports that the buses will be tested from March 2018, with the long-term aim of running 10-20 buses in the Oslo and Akershus area. Passengers can control the routes taken by the buses but they must remain within the test zones. It's not yet clear where the test … [Read more...]
Svalbard resident Ben Vidmar answers questions about living on Svalbard and his permaculture-based food production business. Benjamin Vidmar has lived and worked on Norway's Arctic archipelago for ten years. Here he answers our questions about everyday living on Svalbard and his business Polar Permaculture. The permaculture-based food production company has its own indoor hydroponic garden, a … [Read more...]
Moving to Svalbard is an enticing thought for many, but the reality can be a real challenge. Over the last few years I've had a couple of readers contact me about moving to Svalbard. While I have no experience of living there, I am able to share some of the information provided by the Governor of Svalbard and the Community Council in Longyearbyen. Challenges The biggest challenge faced by … [Read more...]
The Arctic archipelago 2,000km north of Oslo is home to the northernmost permanently inhabited settlements in the world. Svalbard is a true bucket list destination, even for Norwegians. The vast majority of Norwegians I know haven't even been to the far north of the mainland, let alone made the 3-hour flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen island and the capital … [Read more...]
To Væresholmen peninsula and back to Trondheim. After walking Trondheim streets nonstop for a whole day, I couldn’t wait to leave the city centre and get lost in nature. And lose myself I did, and for a change, only metaphorically, as I managed to follow the exact route I had meticulously planned the night before. I thought that the best way to reach Ladestien, the fjord trail, would be to … [Read more...]
Treat yourself or a loved one to a thrilling sports car driving experience in Oslo. Take a thrilling ride in the one of the world's most desirable sports cars right here in the Norwegian capital. Slip behind the wheel, paddle through the gears, and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This is pure motoring joy! As long as you are at least 18 years old, hold a Class B driving … [Read more...]
How to get professional advice on Norwegian law in Trondheim. Understanding the legal system in Norway can be a confusing, difficult and intimidating experience for expats, no matter how good your Norwegian. Yet new residents are often the ones most in need of legal counsel, for everything from settling immigration claims to understanding real estate law and employment contracts. Whilst … [Read more...]