The Great Slumber

I love trees. The shade they give, the colours they show and the sound they make in the wind. But, we have autumn in Norway. The leaves falling off the trees is definitely strange to me. They look...

Senja Troll

In a country full of mountains, legends of mystical creatures echo throughout the land. It seems in every valley, on every hilltop, or in every cave, there is a troll waiting to be...

Tromsø is All Uphill

There is a saying in Tromsø:
It's all uphill.
But what goes up, must come down.

We live on top of the hill on Tromsø island and the city centre lays straight below us. I like...

Fog on Prestvannet Lake

Sometimes, when we wake up, we are surrounded by fog. It seems that nature enjoys being touched by the clouds–everything moves slower, the sound is damp and the colours are softened. We always...

Rock Carvings at Tennes

Tennes is a small town in Balsfjord with a northern view of the Lyngen Alps. Even though it is in the middle of nowhere, Tennes has somehow always been a gathering place. The Vikings would meet...

The Longest Word in Norway

I always thought supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was the longest word in the world. Apparently, I am very wrong! Let me introduce you to Norwegian compound words. The basic...

The Art of the Norwegian Tunnel

Norway is covered in mountains. Rather than going over them, Norwegians prefer to go through them. So advanced is the Norwegian tunnel-making technology that tunnels are built with turns, u-turns,...

A Social Norwegian

Even though 'hello' is probably the most used word in any language you will probably not need to use it much in Norway. This is because Norwegians have an asocial society. If you are...

Reindeer Racing Championships

Every Easter the Sami host the World Reindeer Racing Championships. It is held at Kautokeino, a little Sami town just two hours east of Alta. Easter is a perfect time to have the event as there is...

Norwegian Films Gone International

Norway has a relatively small film industry, which punches out about a dozen or so international releases a year. Most of these pass unnoticed by the foreign audience. However, there is a good...