• Oslo

    A Film-Producer Turned Chef in Oslo

    The Place: Oslo, Norway… Again “…if you’re going to bother coming to Norway, Oslo is just the tip of the iceberg. If you make the journey North or West, you’ll see mountains so dramatic they’ll be etched into your memory forever, ocean so clean you can almost see the fish looking back at you from beneath the waves, and nature so untouched it feels like no one has ever been there before you.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Henrik Henriksen, 44, Food Writer and Restaurant Owner  “I grew up in a very academic environment,…

  • Grünnerløkka (Oslo)

    Life as a Norwegian Popstar – Maria Mena

    The Place: Grünerløkke (Oslo), Norway “…the hip and happening gentrified part of the city where it feels like every second building is a café or a bar, and where green oases make you forget that you’re in a city at all, let alone a country capitol. This is the artistic beating heart of Oslo, where full-blown celebrities and aspiring ones alike coalesce in a melting pot of art and self-expression.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Maria Mena, 32, Norwegian Pop Artist  “My job, my career and my hobby is writing and performing music. I…

  • Nord-Odal

    The Sæther’s in Nord-Odal, Norway

    The Place: Nord-Odal, Norway When I think of Odal, one word comes to mind: unspoiled. By definition, this word would apply to most parts of Norway. However, places like the north are so dramatic, calling it unspoiled doesn’t seem to fit. But Odal’s special because its beauty is so simplistic. Quaint, wooden family homes are scattered around a lake that glistens a deep shade of blue. In the tiny town, on weekends, a farmer’s market pops up selling local goods, which is a particular treat for residents and visitors. To top it all off, arguably the best part about staying in Odal is the intense feeling of being so close…

  • Dovre,  Norway

    Svein Rune Berg in Dovre, Norway

    The Place: Dovre, Norway Travel to Dovre, and the rest of the world suddenly feels like it has melted away. Nestled in a valley under an almost intimidating ring of vast, green rocky mountains that tower over you, Dovre gives off vibes that are both dramatic and somehow quiet. Countless waterfalls seamlessly pour down the mountains, feeding into the Gudbransdalslågen river (it’s a tough one to say without stumbling over it’s many syllables); its icy glacier water rushing across the valley. Dovre is a small town with a big sense of place. Take a drive up to Snøhetta mountain, where you’ll see incredible views and, if you’re lucky, a muskox.…

  • Trondheim

    Nippe and Hege in Trondheim, Norway

    The Place: Trondheim, Norway Trondheim is a city that would be hard for anyone to dislike. Between the colourful houses and shops lined neatly along a canal, cyclists dinging their bells as they whiz past you on the road, and beaches with water so clear it rivals like the tropics, this is a city where there is truly something for everyone. Want a coffee? Sit outside one of those colourful buildings that almost all have cafes on the ground floor. Want a cheap meal? Even the local IKEA serves inexpensive food that also is surprisingly quality. Cycle touring from the arctic to Asia? Trondheim is so bike friendly that it…

  • Melbu,  Norway

    Moving from Iraq to Norway

    The Place: Melbu, Norway Melbu is more of a transition town than a destination for tourists in Norway. Serving as a bridge between the Lofoten Islands and the North, most Norwegians will tell you they’ve heard of it. By Norwegian standards, it’s actually pretty big, with around 2,000 residents calling it home, but I’ll be honest; is it a lively and exciting town? No, there isn’t a whole lot to do in if you’re just Melbu alone. There’s hiking, a couple of hotels, and even a bakery and café. However, if you’re traversing the length of Norway, Melbu is a must because it offers a shortcut to Lofoten, a region that…

  • Malangen

    Jacob Mosli in Malangen, Norway

    The Place: Malangen, Norway Like many hamlets in Norway, Malangen sits on a fjord (also called ‘Malangen’). It’s one of those places you’d probably only hear of if you’d grown up there and where everyone knows everyone. What can I say about Malangen? There’s a sense of isolation that you don’t feel when you’re somewhere like Tromsø.  The mountains towering over you from every direction make you feel small, and to say it is beautiful is an understatement. In a small pocket of civilisation like this, people live in a way that is harmonious with nature. Everyone is a hunter, or a fisherman, or a dogsledder, or a gardener, and that…

  • Norway,  Tromsø

    Paul Pincus in Tromsø, Norway

    The Place: Tromsø, Norway When you’re in Tromsø, you feel like you’re on the edge of the world. Basking in 24 hour daylight in summer, your body clock is taken on a roller coaster ride. You draw an energy from the endless days, and the lack of environmental cues that would normally make you tired means you can explore for what seems like an age. For a small city of only 80,000 people, the city boasts a strong cultural significance in Norway. The Arctic cathedral serves as a reminder of how far North you really are, the old museum gives you a taste of the city’s whaling, sealing, and fishing industries,…