Norway Travel Guide

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This Norway Voyage Has a Brilliant Northern Lights Guarantee

Where: Norway
October 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we ran a week-long special on the Northern Lights, publishing stories on what they are and how to take photos of them. We also, in spite of those photography tips, wrote a controversial piece about why we recommend keeping your camera at home when you go out hunting for the Lights.

Above all, though, we laid out a plan for what to eat and drink while you wait, because the Northern Lights are fickle at best, and have a knack for being extremely elusive. That is why, despite being one of the most amazing spectacles on the planet, many people are hesitant about committing their limited time and money to go in search of them.

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Here's How You Take Photos of the Northern Lights

Where: Lofoton, Norway
January 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve said our piece about how we think you shouldn’t even attempt to take photos of the Northern Lights until your second time around, but as travel writers, we do understand the urge to capture the moment. Below, we’ve put together a few tips on how to increase your chances of taking a good shot.

For those of you who either a) don’t have a sophisticated enough camera or b) agree that a camera should not get in the way of experiencing the moment, we have an alternative idea for you: Let someone else take the photo.

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Five Other Reasons Americans Should Consider a Trip to the Arctic Circle in Winter

Where: Norway
January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Northern Lights are obviously a big draw for visitors to the arctic, but some of you might be wondering why anyone would want to spend their hard-earned money to endure subzero temperatures and track down something that is in no way guaranteed. We totally get that, but we think there's a bigger picture of braving the cold, whether it's to Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, or Finland. Here are five reasons other than the Aurora Borealis to fly north in the winter:

Shorter Days and Epic Sunsets

Again, we know that first part sounds like a bad thing off the bat, but you won't hear anyone who has bore witness to the colors in the arctic sky complaining. Various shades of blue mix with pink, purple, red, orange, and even green to put on a show unlike anything seen at lower latitudes. It more than makes up for the extra hours of darkness, and seeing the sun rise at 10am and set at 2pm is a pretty novel experience that tells well over happy hour upon your return.

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We Saw the Northern Lights! And We Did NOT Take a Photo… Here’s Why

Where: Tromso, Norway
January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our assistant editor, Will (aka Wake), has been busy on the trail of the Northern Lights in Norway. Below, he describes his experience, along with his reasoning for why he didn’t bring along his camera.

After a few nights of anticipation and washing down cod chips with Northern Lights beer, I finally saw the Polar Lights in all their glory about an hour outside of Tromso in the Arctic Circle. There are a lot of words to describe the evening: Powerful. Incredible. Fascinating. Colorful. Inspiring.

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We Found Something Really Fishy in the Norwegian Arctic Circle

Where: Lofoton, Norway
January 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Let's pick up where we left off yesterday. Cod is the fish to be had in Norway, and locals eat it in numerous ways, from dried chips to fresh-caught fillets. The most interesting of the variations dates back to the Viking Age, when sailors would dry out the whole fish on giant racks and rehydrate it months, sometimes years later.

The Viking Age is a mystery to those in the United States, but such is the past of the Scandinavian countries, specifically Norway and Sweden. As seafaring people, the Vikings were just like us: They wanted, and needed, to travel light.

We couldn't believe it until we had it in our hands, the dried fish literally as light as a feather, hollow to the point that you doubted there was any meat on it in the first place. It looked and felt far from edible, but this fish served as the food source for the great Viking ships as they took to the seas. Norway's climate in the spring is what makes it possible, the salty location by the sea allowing the fish to dry out over the course of seven days through a natural curing process without spoiling.

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Chew On These Norwegian Treats While You Wait For the Northern Lights

Where: Norway
January 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re in the arctic of Norway, waiting for the Northern Lights to come out to play. As we told you yesterday, predicting if, when, or where they will appear is spotty, so the only thing to do is kick back and let the anticipation build. We’ll break down some individual adventures in specific towns in a future post, but for now, let’s run down a few Norwegian treats that will help keep your spirits high in the Arctic Circle:

Cod

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Northern Lights: What the Hell Are They Anyway, and Why Are They So Hard to Predict?

Where: Lofoton, Norway
January 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

It starts with an explosion on the surface of the sun.

Huge amounts of energy are released and sent barreling towards Earth, where the particles enter our planet's atmosphere and collide with its magnetic field. When the solar storm is strong enough, the result of this interaction is what we have come to know as the Northern Lights. But as we're learning this week, it is extremely difficult for anyone to predict if, when, and where you'll be able to see them, as evidenced by all the false alarms across North America this weekend.

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Wish You Were Here: Chasing Down the Northern Lights in Norway

Where: Norway
January 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to the week of the Northern Lights!

Scientists predicted that this would be one of the best viewing years thanks to the lights being on the positive end of an 11-year cycle. So, we're packing our arctic gear and headed for northern Norway to see if we can get ourselves a glimpse, specifically near the towns of Lofoten and Tromso.

This week, we'll take you through the process of tracking down the infamous light show, not only providing insight into our experience but also advice for how to pass the time. The Northern Lights can be quite fickle, so your search will most likely take a few days. And since you aren't going to go to Norway for only a day, we've got you covered on what to eat and drink while you wait.

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Disney Launches a New Adventure Inspired by the Movie 'Frozen'

Where: Bergen, Norway
November 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Adventures by Disney has announced a new itinerary inspired by the film Frozen, in theaters this weekend.

Norway: Fjords, Bergen & Oslo is a seven-night, eight-day vacation that revolves around hands-on experiences. Travelers of all ages will be immersed in the culture that inspired the setting of Disney's Frozen.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream to Win a $5,000 Trip to Norway

Where: Norway
February 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again it’s time to put on your thinking cap, as there’s another travel contest with your name all over it. This time Norway is looking for a few more visitors, and they’re giving away a big trip to get travelers excited for Scandinavian shenanigans.

Their latest travel campaign is all about screaming, as they’re trying to show off that’s in no surprise that Edvard Munch and his work The Scream is from Norway. After all there are just so many sights, experiences, and adventures that will make you scream, shout, and celebrate.

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Video Interlude: Traveling Norway's Rail Lines in Time-Lapse

Where: Norway
January 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re the first to admit that we are suckers for any kind of travel video, and we usually fall head over heels when it involves time-lapse photography. This week we’re wasting minute after minute thanks to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation—NRK.

Basically they took a whole bunch of pictures and videos from one of the most northern stretches of Norway’s railroad system. It’s the one that kind of links Trondheim over with Bodø. Then through the magic of technology they smooshed things into about a minute, so that you can see what it’s like to take the train through the countryside—and through four seasons—in just seconds.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle's Cheap 787 Tickets Finally Hit the Web

Where: Norway
November 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been following the possibility of cheap 787 flights over to Europe for quite some time, and it looks like that might actually be happening sooner rather than later. Norwegian Air Shuttle has been running the numbers and counting their airplanes, and now they have some details and information to reveal.

The carrier is still on schedule to launch some flights between New York City and Oslo as soon as May of 2013, and they’re even ready to start taking reservations for these new routes. Their booking engine went live yesterday and, with the promise of roughly €250 for roundtrip flights, it quickly crashed. The site is back up now and there are still cheap flights to be had if you’re flexible, but the crazy deals may be a little hard to find.

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