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Riddu Riddu indigenous culture festival

69 Degrees North: The Ancestors of the Future

A visit to Riddu Riddu, an annual Sami music and culture festival in northern Norway. The road sign is riddled with gun holes. Someone painted across the Sami translation with white paint. In the Center of...
Typical Norwegian school

The Norwegian Nomads Start School

A new twist on the expat story: Follow the adventures of a wandering Norwegian family returning home. It’s 11.30 pm and it has been a very long day indeed. I am queueing at the SAS counter, Gardermoen...
Fagernes in the Valdres valley

Fagernes – The Jewel in the Valdres Valley

For anyone who has driven from Oslo to Bergen, following the E16 motorway through the Valdres valley, they have definitely discovered the beautiful little city of Fagernes. The name itself speaks of its beauty: ‘Fagernes' is...
Student job-seekers in Norway

Jobs for Students in Norway

How one international student in Norway found not one but two part-time jobs to help pay the bills, plus advice on how you can do the same. It’s no secret that getting a job in Norway...
The polar nights in Norway

Mørketiden: The Polar Night

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...
North Norway town

What Makes a Town?

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...
Life in Vesterålen, Norway

Nordaførr: In the North

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...
A quick guide to Oppland

A Quick Guide to Oppland

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 –...
Landåsen farm in Landåsbygda

Landåsbygda – A First Taste of Innlandet

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...
Teach Yourself Norwegian

How to Teach Yourself Norwegian

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...