In the five years Life in Norway has been chronicling the journey of moving to Norway as an English speaking foreigner, we’ve come across many expat bloggers. A blog, essentially an online journal, is a popular way to record one’s thoughts and feelings at what for many people is a very turbulent time in their life. Many bloggers come, many bloggers go, but here are the ones who have stuck around the longest!
Travel & Photography Blogs
A bit naughty but we’re going to start with our sister blog, Norway Traveller! Life in Norway editor David is currently travelling the length and breadth of the country in research for the Moon Norway handbook, and chronicling his adventures on this blog. His Norway Traveller Club helps you plan your ideal vacation to Norway. Read here.
American photographer Cody Duncan lives in the stunning environment of the Lofoten Islands. I shouldn’t need to say anything more about why you must check out his photography blog! His regular ‘Friday photo’ is an inspiring way to end your week. Read here.
Heart My Backpack
After wandering through 70+ countries, Norwegian American Silvia chose to settle in Norway. Her blog contains heaps of advice for backpacking around the world, although more recent posts focus on travelling in and around Norway. Read here.
British hobby photographer Simon has lived in Norway since he was 20. Now he’s 56. Read here.
A Frog in the Fjord
Lorelou found her way from France to Norway via stint in Denmark. Her writings on love and life in the land of the midnight sun have attracted a massive audience, and been republished by major Norwegian media outlets. She works with an illustrator to help bring out the lightheartedness in her posts that frequently poke fun at the locals she interacts with. Read here.
Snow in Tromsø
German blogger Van writes regularly about life in and around Tromsø. Northern Norway tends to get very little attention from blogs, so this is a welcome addition to the blogosphere! Her writings caught the attention of a local company, who now employ her as a social media consultant. Read here.
UiB International Student Blog
An excellent blog based at the University of Bergen, written from the perspective of international students, for international students. Much of the content is Bergen specific, but there’s plenty of generic tips too. Read here.
My Little Norway
Not so prolific these days, but this blog again from the north of Norway contains years of valuable articles about life in the High North. Read here.
The Girl Behind the Red Door
Audrey’s blog is one of the more literary on the list as she regularly shares some of her fiction writing and poetry, alongside posts about her life in Oslo. She also shared her fascinating experience of having a baby in Norway. Read here.
Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Jill found her way to Norway via a short stay in France. While most expats live in the ‘big’ cities, her blog is full of detailed observations about the daily realities of living in a small Norwegian community. Read here.
Nick in Norway
Nick records his experiences of moving to Oslo with his Norwegian husband of eight years. He’s of the belief that Norwegians are friendly and inviting, despite the stereotype of being reserved. Read here.
A Worldly Wannabe
An Oslo-based thirty-something discovers Norwegian life and writes about it as she goes. Her writings about learning to ski are especially relevant to all newcomers! Read here.
Thanks for the Food
American food blogger Whitney Love has released a popular cookbook off the success of her Norwegian food blog. From how to make the perfect Norwegian waffle to the astonishing array of Norwegian Christmas cakes, her blog is sure to get your mouth watering. Read here.
Basil Meet Lime
Co-fonder of the volunteer fundraising organisation Oslo Soup, Tara blogs about food, restaurants and travel in Norway. If you’re a travelling foodie looking to explore Norway, check it out. Read here.
Many excellent blogs are no longer updated. Perhaps their authors have moved on to new places, or just lost their writing inspiration. Here is a list of retired blogs that are well worth digging through the archives.
To Destination Unknown
Satu from Finland lives in the mountains north of Oslo and used to write regularly from the perspective of someone who clearly loves Norway’s outdoor lifestyle. Read here.
Texas native Karla spent more than ten years living in Norway. Tales of a Texpatriate has years of personal posts ranging from her travels around Europe to her frustrations with the snow in Oslo. Read here.
From There to Here
Canadian Jay blogged about her life in Stavanger but has recently announced she will be moving on to the next stage in her expat adventure to the United Arab Emirates. Read here.
American blogger Megan Starr now lives in Germany, but her posts about living in Norway still remain immensely popular. Read here.
An Expat’s Norway
From El Salvador to Norway via France, Gisele embraced Scandinavia and wrote one of the more helpful blogs, with advice on how to vote and how to make Norwegian friends, amongst other things. Read here.