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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.
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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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.
Norwegian postcards: a victory for sexual equality
Postcards: we may be too digitally-inclined and the postal services may be too expensive to mail them anymore, but we still buy them in droves. And while we loved the beautiful images of fjords and cutesy clapboard houses that we found during a Norwegian cruise on Cunard's Queen Victoria last month, the postcards that most captivated us displayed a very different type of Norwegian assets.
Yes, in FjordcountryFlåm and Geiranger, to be precisealong with the pretty landscape pictures were a shedload of pictures of naked men in picturesque places. Enjoying the view, showering under a gushing waterfall, strumming a guitar in a flower-filled meadow, skiing...all in various states of undress from shorts to full frontal nudity.
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When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Where do we even start in pronouncing "Kvikk Lunsj," the popular Norwegian chocolate treat, let alone describe its taste? Well, once you know it translates to "Quick Lunch," the consonant-rich words don't seem as intimidating. In looks and flavor, Kvikk Lunsj's closest cousin is the KitKat Bar, and indeed KitKats beat the launch of Kvikk Lunsj by two years, having debuted in 1935.
Still, Kvikk Lunsj has the sporty image KitKat never will; Norwegians associate its bright packaging with outdoorsy activities, and the commercials and motto"Tursjokoladen," trekking chocolatesupport it. Each bar even features the portrait of a famous Norge outdoorsman. We got Kjell "Stakan" Staxrud, who, judging from an itty-bitty illustration, looks to be a cross-country skiier.
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Those Nordic countries better watch out, as Starbucks is about to invade. Residents of Sweden have already started to add Mocha Frappuccinos to the cup holders of their Volvos, and now it looks like Norway and Finland are next on the list. Awesome local coffeeshops need not be too threatened; for now the expansion seems to be limited to just the airports.
It all goes down in 2012, so if you have a plan to visit next summer to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and long, long days you’ll be able to do so with an overpriced latte. Starbucks officials have already announced their plan to add a location at the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway. Their most recent announcement reveals that they have plans for two locations at the airport in Helsinki, as there will be one place to grab a coffee after security and one welcoming passengers in the arrivals hall.
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New York, Berlin, Paris, Rio de Janeiro...Stavanger? it's true; Norway's second city is a hot spot for international street art, and it's something we never would have guessed until we stepped off Cunard's Queen Victoria and into the center of the city, with walls sporting Shepard Fairey and Banksy.
Stavanger seems a sleepy town, but first impressions are usually deceiving as we know all too well. It took about 10 minutes of meandering the (literally) vibrant streets before we found a store called "SHIT" and a bohemian coffeeshop packed with locals keen to tell us where to find free WiFi and where to walk to see the best graffiti.
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It's a beautiful day in Norway's second-largest city of Bergen, and a stroll down cobblestone lanes seems like a great idea. There's the fish market, and street vendors selling reindeer pelts and long, knit winter hats. And thenmaking itself at home in a historic building on a corneryou're faced with the dreaded Golden Arches.
Yep, McDonalds has invaded the fresh northern air with its smell of french fries and...hot wings? As usual with foreign McD's, the menu varies:
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When you think about the people who make a cruise ship run, who comes to mind? The captain...maybe the head chef and cruise director, right? Well, with about 1,000 crew onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, there's so many others in the shadows, all responsible for making your vacation an awesome one. And over the next two weeks, we'd like to introduce you to them.
Today, meet Richard, Third Officer on the Queen Victoria's bridge.
You're looking at a future Cunard ship captain here. Richard, from the Isle of Wight, may be in charge of dropping anchor and inspecting the lifeboats, but he's got his eye on the helm. Believe it or not, this man in officer's whites is only 21 years old.
"I've got at least twenty more years [before captain]," he admits, but Richard's been at sea since 16, working his way up from cargo ships to the Seven Seas Mariner and finally to right here, where we're standing with an envious view overlooking the Norwegian port of Bergen.
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OMG. Waterfalls. Go to Norway and then never again understand why people travel to upstate New York to visit Niagara Falls.
For the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we shipped off (literally, we're on a ship) to Norway, another country boasting a flag of red, white and blue. Onboard Cunard's ship the MS Queen Victoria, we're playing dot-to-dot from Norwegian fjord to Norwegian fjord for a 7-day cruise featuring so many magnificent cliffs and fantasy waterfalls that the lyrics to "America The Beautiful" seem overly boastful.
It's like, "oh beautiful, for spacious skies" my bum! Norway's for spacious skies can run laps around the USA's, and this is a fact you don't fully realize until you're on a ship towering over an entire town one day (Stavanger, for instance) and then the next day, being ridiculously dwarfed by spiking precipices and ridiculous vistas (in the Sognefjord near the town of Flåm).
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Bardufoss Airport sits pretty close to the tippy top of Norway, so it really doesn’t get that much airplane action throughout the year. That’s why the folks in the marketing department at the airport should get some kind of award, as their rebranding idea is pretty darn clever. They’ve decided to rename the airport "Snowman International Airport."
Besides being an awesome idea, airport officials are hoping that this can get their little airport on the map. Technically, it’s still going to be called Bardufoss Airport—BDU for those collecting airport codes—but for all other purposes this is the airport where snowmen (and snow-women) catch their flights for all those business trips.
Yesterday afternoon, the world was gripped by a UFO panic when pictures of a mysterious spiraling blue light in the skies over Norway appeared online, followed by video of the phenomenon in action. Norway might be used to the Northern Lights, but this was no natural occurrence; indeed it turned out to be a failed Russian missile launch. So where did this all go down, exactly?
It's reported that the missile, an ICBM ""Bulava" missile, was test-fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea just east of Scandinavia. Why they chose to do this with Obama in town in Oslo is not clear, but needless to sayScandinavia has been on alert.
The failed launch resulted in the rocket's falling back down to earth, with its fuel and debris shooting out and causing the glowing spiral. Most photos of the strange early morning lights came from locals around the north Norwegian areas of Alta and Borras.