On Sunday the 3th of December the polar night started here and I started to write this blog about the polar night. But as it goes during this time of darkness, time slows down and eventually stops during the Christmas holidays. So the blog was never finished, but last week daylight came back and energy started to flow again, bringing everything back to life. And now we desperately wait for the … [Read more...]
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Moods & Foods
Vicki has lived around the world but now enjoys exploring Norwegian cuisine in Oslo.
Originally from the US, Kelsey is a Masters student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
A New Life in Trondheim
Dave Smith is a former US Marine and avid adventurer now living in Norway.
Getting Hygge With It
The blog of a British mum living in Norway.
A Mexican in Norway
Gerardo moved from northern Mexico to central Norway. This is his story.
Life in Innlandet
Life in Innlandet is an eye-opening adventure; a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers.
Pim from the Netherlands writes about life on Arctic islands.
Here are the latest articles from across our network of expat blogs:
Everyone that comes to Norway is in total awe with the astonishing landscape and the people seemingly living in total harmony with it. The cultural landscape looks like a troll just took all the houses and threw them onto the hills, mountains and around the lakes and fjords. The towns, well that is another story. A few good examples on the side, towns are not really the places we’d like to … [Read more...]
They told us that there are only two seasons in the Arctic, a white winter and a green winter. The green winter is short and abundant, immediately going over in the white winter after the first snow in the beginning of October. Green leaves freezing of the trees, snow covering the green grass. And the white winter is long and harsh, with as its climax the polar night, lightened by the northern … [Read more...]
The best county in Norway is Oppland, of course – the one in which we live. ;) Oppland is located in central Norway and is one of only two counties which doesn't have a coastline – the other being Hedmark, our neighbour, bordering to Sweden. Oppland is quite a large county, making up 17% of Norway's landmass. That's around 25,192 km², with only about 5,100 km² of that lying under 600 metres. … [Read more...]
Most people haven’t heard of Landåsbygda, and that’s okay. It’s a little Norwegian paradise about a 20-minute drive from Gjøvik and the Mjøsa. My partner and I hadn't heard of it either, before we bought a house and moved here in 2015. At the time we also knew nothing about Østlandet (eastern Norway) in which Landåsbygda is situated. Prior to our move to Landåsbygda in the county of Oppland, … [Read more...]
During my undergraduate degree I spent a semester abroad in Spain. The thought of living in a new country and speaking a new language was daunting. I had taken five years of Spanish in high school and college and still did not feel completely prepared. Once I arrived in Spain however, the knowledge I had gained from years of practice took over and I had no issues communicating or taking … [Read more...]
There's a saying in Norway that 'everyone has a cousin in Gjøvik'. This saying may be from a song, or it may be a genuine folk saying. Whichever it is, Gjøvik is the perfect place to stop and explore Norway's Oppland and Hedmark (Innlandet) counties. For those of you who haven't heard of or even visited Gjøvik - also known as the 'White City' - it's the only town located on the left side of the … [Read more...]
Whether you’re a one-year folkehøgskole student, a student spending a semester abroad, or an international student starting a degree in Norway, you’ll likely be wondering what to pack for your time in Scandinavia. This may be especially true if you come from an area with a vastly different climate (I’m from San Diego). If you’ve flown domestically in the United States like me, then you are used … [Read more...]
The biggest culinary and food growth in Oslo over the years has to be in and around Grünerløkka. The array of foods, ingredients that stretch beyond the Nordic zone and quality of products has definitely influenced the menus of cafes and eating places. This also has given life to a variety of cuisines, making the area an exciting place to explore on days when you feel curious and want to get out … [Read more...]
This is the question I am asked in nearly 99.9% of conversations with new Norwegian people that I meet. If you are an expat/immigrant, call it what you will, I guarantee you will have to get used to fielding this question so much you might want to get a metaphorical baseball bat to hit this inquiry straight out of the ballpark then you don’t have to waste too much time contemplating why they ask. … [Read more...]