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Oslo Opera House:A Modern Scandinavian Masterpiece

To many, Scandinavian design means simplicity, minimalism and functionality, a certain Swedish furniture store being the prime example. But these days Scandinavian design is about far more than a cheap chest of drawers, for Scandinavia is...

Bitter. Sweet. Alive. Oslo Chocolaterie

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” UPDATE: This wonderful place has now closed, but I'm leaving this post here as a memory! For those who don't know...
Aker Brygge waterside

People Watching and Ice Cream on Aker Brygge

Undoubtedly one of the more love it/hate it parts of Oslo is the pier-style harbourside development of bars, restaurants, shops and offices called Aker Brygge. It's put down by many as a tourist trap, pricey (even by...

Christiania Torv – Modern Oslo’s Birthplace

Christiania torv is one of the most beautiful public squares in Oslo. It's centrepiece is one of the best known statues in the city, the hand of King Christian IV, marking the spot where modern Oslo...

Oslo Gay Pride – Skeive Dager

Sognsvann lake in Oslo

A Walk Around Sognsvann

It's been a pretty dismal week weather-wise, with only a couple of evenings worthy of the tag “summer”. But I awoke this morning to shards of glorious sunshine filling my apartment with light. Since moving to...
Midsummer's Night in St. Hanshaugen Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Oslo

A world festival which has always interested me is Midsummer. The actual date varies as some cultures celebrate Summer Solstice (the astronomical longest day of the year, this year 21st June) and others celebrating St. John's...
View from Gressholmen

Island Hopping Around Oslofjord – Gressholmen and Lindøya

Ticking off two more of the Oslofjord islands. This weekend I hosted more visitors, Craig and Lewis. On Sunday we decided to take the public ferries out into the Oslofjord and go island hopping. We started...
Viking reenactment in Trondheim, Norway

How the Vikings Lived

On Sunday Charlotte and I visited the Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum) on Oslo’s Bygdøy peninsular. I’d been told by some it wasn’t worth the 60kr entry fee so I was a little wary, but Charlotte was...

Getting To Know You, Fredensborg

It’s been a hectic, hot few days. The weekend was a scorcher with the mercury busting 30 degrees C. In between grabbing some rays, I took some time out to get familiar with my new neighbourhood...