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Arctic Sunshine

Weather Records Smashed in July

Weather in Scandinavia is never something that's easy to predict, but July has been a more confusing month than most. Sunshine in the Arctic The Arctic archipelago Svalbard enjoyed its warmest ever month since records began...
People watching out over Pipervika from Aker Brygge, Oslo

Summer Living in Norway

It sure was a treat to be in Trondheim this weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday I took a long walk around the city, which is always lovely and friendly when the sun shines. On Saturday...
Nidaros Cathedral Trondheim

The Five Seasons of Norway

If you're used to four equal seasons, you're in for a surprise when moving to Norway! “Ugh, it's nasty out there”, I spluttered as I returned from Bunnpris, a Norwegian supermarket chain, last Friday night. I'd...
Summer in Trondheim

June – The Month of Endless Days

So here we are, a few days before the longest day of the year. The long summer days in Norway are something I adjusted to long ago, having spent my last three summers down in Oslo....
Summer in Norway

A Postcard from Kristiansand

I normally save these “postcards” for my international travels, but Kristiansand (not to be confused with Kristiansund, near the Atlantic Road!) is the closest thing Norway has to a resort town. I paid my first visit...
Blink Ski Festival logo

A Ski Festival in Summer? Welcome to Blink!

A unique summer ski festival gets underway in the streets of Sandnes later this week. The annual Blink Ski Festival celebrates the Norwegian love of skiing, but with a summery, urban twist! It might sound like...
Rome

A Postcard from Rome

Tiny toy cars, mopeds, cyclists, speeding locals, bumbling tourists, chatter, horns, scorching 32C heat – welcome to summertime in Roma, Italia. Rome was delightful, it really was, but just too busy for me. On Saturday we travelled...
Quiet Oslo

Norway’s “Out Of Office” Message

If you try and contact anyone in Norway for the next month, odds are you'll be waiting a while for their response. The big July shutdown amused me greatly during my first year in Norway. Oslo...
Overlooking Bergen

My Travels in 2012 – And Plans for 2013

I resisted as long as I could, honest. Here is my Best of 2012 post, although I've tried to make it a little more interesting by focusing on the places I visited – both in Norway...
Røros

An Afternoon in Røros

It's well into October and I'm still writing about my summer vacation around Norway! Faced with a mammoth seven hour plus train journey from Trondheim to Oslo with only me for company, my mum seemed a...