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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: World's Largest Sauna Opens in Norway

July 24, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Who knew the Arctic Circle could be so toasty?

The Norwegian island of Sandhornøya is now home to a massive sauna that is being billed as the world's largest. Dubbed The Agora, the pyramid-shaped sauna can accommodate about 100 folks looking to break a sweat amid breathtaking views; its base-to-peak glass wall lets towel-draped tourists enjoy vistas of mountain landscape and the Arctic Sea horizon. The sauna is also used as an auditorium for cultural events, reports The Telegraph UK, and it's part of a larger mobile art project, SALT, that has set up a small compound of creative facilities on a remote oceanside perch about an hour's drive from Bodø Airport.

The SALT structures are built in the shape of traditional fish racks, and also include The Arctic Pyramid, an art exhibition space, Gildehallen, a mammoth performance hall-slash-nightclub, a cafe and a restaurant. Overnight guests can opt to rent tents and caravans, or up the ante to stay in beachside Njalla, movable house-tent hybrids that come equipped with beds, wood burns, and a glass ceiling for ultimate star gazing potential. Those constellations overhead will soon be shifting. After it wraps up its Norway engagement in 2016, SALT plans to stage its project in other northern nations like Scotland, Greenland and Russia.

It's gonna make you sweat. Sweet.

[Photo: Salted.no]

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Travel Advertising Video Showdown: Norway vs Japan

November 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM | by | ()

Fun fact: Widerøe is the largest regional airline in the Nordic countries. We've had a simply adorable piece of their travel advertising in the queue for weeks. Copyranter called it "the best airline spot I've seen in a long time" and insisted that "the casting, the acting, and most importantly, the idea [are] all perfect." AdFreak gushed that the commercial "triumphs" and "almost makes you believe in magic." This, friends, is the very definition of easy content.

But then we came across this other bit of travel advertising, from Japanese travel site Jalan. In this one, a cat karate-chops a watermelon. That's not the weirdest part of the commercial either, by far. There's also a monkey rolling by an indifferent kitten. On a beach ball. Of course on a beach ball. Buzzfeed turned part of the video into an animated gif. Of course an animated gif.

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Norway Declared Awesome Again

November 10, 2006 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

The United Nations released its list of the best countries to live in yesterday, and Norway came out on top for the sixth year in a row. Americans may be a bit miffed about coming in at eighth place, but for Norwegians, it's all about victory right now. Then again, we just read this, so you never know what another part of the population is thinking. Norway is notorious for its "culture of whining." Whining, church burning, etc.

The lowest ranked countries were Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Niger. While travelers will certainly find those countries tough, Norway isn't a piece of cake for the traveler, either. It's expensive! Residents, however, enjoy high incomes and levels of education. As for the rest of the list, Iceland was named the second-best country to live in, followed by Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Japan, and the United States.

[Photo: ila]

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