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Midnight in Bergen summer

First Hotel Marin, Bergen

My latest visit to Bergen coincided with Bergenfest and nearly the entire hotel capacity of the city was booked up. A huge tusen takk then to the First Hotel Marin for finding me a room at...
Cruise ship in Trondheim

Welcoming A Cruise Ship Into Port

Thanks to a hat-tip from Visit Trondheim, I spent some time on Friday morning watching the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship arrive at Trondheim Port. I didn't expect much other than seeing a new part...
Minnesota

Heads up America, I’m coming!

I'm thrilled to announce that this October I'll be visiting the heartland of the Norwegian-American community… Minnesota. Gerry is in town for a conference so I'm taking the opportunity to join him and visit somewhere I'd otherwise...
Sun setting over Geitfjellet

Lost in the Mountains

Okay so the title is a little white lie, I wasn't literally lost in the mountains. It refers to the feeling of isolation on my recent trip to Rundtjønnhytta, the tiny cabin in the middle of...

A Day and Night in a Mountain Cabin

“I've read your blog and you write about the cities really well, but you're about to see real Norwegian life” So said my guide Kristian, as we jumped on a snowmobile for an 8km tour of...

Whiskey & History: Grand Terminus Hotel, Bergen

How does this grand old dame of Bergen hotels stand up to the modern visitor? Last weekend I had the pleasure of staying in one of Bergen's most historic and famous hotels – the Grand Terminus....
Swedish flag

A Weekend in Stockholm

Having lived in the Norwegian capital for almost two years now, the time had come to cross over to the dark side and check out Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Some old friends from England were...
Kungsgatan Hotel

Rica Hotel Kungsgatan, Stockholm

I've had good experiences with the Rica chain in Norway, so when the chance came to stay in one of their hotels across the border I jumped at it. There are four Rica hotels dotted around...
Helsinki, Finland

A Winter Weekend In Helsinki

Most Norwegians choose to warm up in the winter by flying south and chasing the sun. Although I flew to Tenerife in November, when the real winter sets in I seem to want to get even...
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...