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Evening panorama of Bergen, Norway

The Best Hostels in Bergen

Bergen has some great hostels to make staying in Norway’s second city a little more affordable for the budget-conscious traveller. A trip to Norway can be expensive compared with other European destinations. It’s worth it for...
Viking ship sailing

Famous Vikings from History

We all know the Vikings – history’s most feared and famous globetrotting pillagers. Our endless fascination with Norse prehistory makes them the ideal subject for the TV drama series that bears their name. But who were...
Fridtjof Nansen monument in Norway

Fridtjof Nansen: A Norwegian Legend

When we talk about great Norwegians, one name stands head and shoulders above almost all others: The explorer, scientist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Most people become famous for one thing. They’re the best...
Painting of viking funeral

A Viking Funeral: Burial Rituals from the Norse Age

Join us on our quest to separate myth from reality in our search for the perfect journey into the afterlife. We all know Viking funerals, right? We’ve seen it on screen: a body – generally the...
Oslo from the water

Best Hostels in Oslo

There are budget accommodation options in the Norwegian capital, but you may need to consider staying outside the central area. If you’re travelling on a shoestring budget, a trip Norway is probably not your best option....
Harry Hole is the creation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole

One of the most famous residents of Oslo is a fictional alcoholic detective. We take a look at the life and times of Jo Nesbø's creation, Harry Hole. We’ve kept spoilers to a minimum, and as...
Scandinavia on a globe

Scandinavia’s Kalmar Union

The Kalmar Union was a personal union between Norway, Denmark and Sweden – which at the time also included much of modern Finland – under a single crown. Nowadays, the monarchies of Europe are largely ceremonial....
Learn the Norwegian tongue in six months

Learn Fluent Norwegian in Six Months

Is it really possible to become a fluent Norwegian speaker in just six months? One linguistics expert says it is. English and the Scandinavian languages all come from the same root. They share similar structures, and...
The Kon-Tiki raft

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

The Kon-Tiki voyage led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl was a huge success and proved beyond doubt that Polynesia could have been settled from South America. One of the great mysteries of anthropology is how Polynesia...
Big industries in Norway often involve the ocean

Norway’s Biggest Industries

Norway is known for its oil and gas, but the country's economy relies on several other key industries. We take a look at Norway's biggest commercial interests. If you ask someone what Norway's biggest industries are,...