Announcing Moon Norway

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I'm thrilled to announce I've just signed a contract to research and write the first edition of Moon Norway, a brand-new travel guidebook to Norway 🙂

Moon Norway will be a different kind of guidebook, aimed at first-time travellers rather than attempting a comprehensive listing. So while other guidebooks include every town regardless of its merits, I'll be able to devote more space to the places a first-time traveller is likely to visit.

This means I've made some tough decisions about to include and what to leave out, a surprisingly enjoyable process with the help of the experienced acquisitions editor.

Writing a guidebook has long been a dream of mine so to see it become a reality is a little overwhelming. Although the likes of TripAdvisor and Yelp play a big part in modern travel planning, I strongly believe there is a future for the printed travel guidebook as entertainment as much as information.

In fact, that's one of the reasons I am so keen to work with Moon. They strongly value author voice and encourage their authors to entertain the reader as well as provide the most up-to-date and relevant information. Without this aspect, there is little point in taking on such a project.

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Play a part in Moon Norway

I'm going to publicly share the progress in a monthly column for the Norwegian American Weekly, and reach out to my loyal audience here on Life in Norway for help.

I know Oslo and Trondheim very well and although I've travelled to most regions of Norway, I am far from an expert about some parts, Lofoten for example. As I have an audience made up of all sorts of people: other expats, locals, travellers, Norwegian Americans and Scandophiles the world over, I want to pick your brains during the research phase.

I want to know where the hot spots are in your favourite parts of the country, especially when it comes to restaurants, shopping and alternative things to do. This way, I can make the most of my research trips and ensure I don't miss any hot spots.

Each month I'll be asking for input on a specific place, so watch out for that and let me have your suggestions! The best way to stay in touch with the project is to sign up for Norway Weekly, my free weekly email newsletter.

Here we go!

Photo: mariusz kluzniak

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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4 thoughts on “Announcing Moon Norway”

  1. Well done! The Moon guidebooks are my favourite guidebook series. Hopefully I’ll get to visit Norway before its published though!

    • Thanks Victoria! It’s one of their only Europe titles so they are really trusting me to get this one right. Exciting but nerve wracking, and the best ever excuse to complete my travels of Norway 🙂

  2. Congratulations!
    I’m an avid reader of Norway Weekly.
    As a Tour Manager of Great Rail Journeys – based in York, UK – I travel at least once a year to Norway and Scandinavia with groups of people looking to experience and marvel these regions of Europe.
    My next trip is in February – we start in Oslo; stay in Trondheim for a couple of days and travel by rail to Bodø and then by ship to Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands. From there we take a coach to Narvik, stay for a day, then take the Ofoten railway to Kiruna.
    If I can help in your research I would be happy to oblige.

  3. Sounds wonderful, David! I am an American married to a Norwegian and have a home in Vestvågøy, in Lofoten. My son is headed there soon to spend a few months learning how to be Norwegian again! While I’m not sure there are any “hot spots” in Lofoten, there is no way to describe the feeling of being alone on a boat in the fjord, looking up at the endless blue sky and majestic mountains! Good luck with your endeavor. I shall enjoy reading about your progress weekly.


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