Culture

  • War Ruins on the Farm

    If you walk along the north fence on our farm, you will find a corner pocket of fir trees. The trees grow in rows, equal distance apart. This little forest is certainly man made, planted perhaps...

  • Norwegian Elf: Nisse

    The barn elf, or fjøsnissen in Norwegian, is a creature from Scandinavian folklore. He was often described as a short man, "no bigger than a horse's head", wearing grey clothes,...

  • Christmas Rib

    Ribbe (roast pork rib) is a classic on the Norwegian Christmas table. The rib, which is actually a whole side of pork rather than just spare ribs, is very rich and juicy and is...

  • Handball

    Handball is a popular sport in Norway, next to football (soccer). The fun thing about handball is that the girls are often better than the boys! Norway's kvinnelandslaget i håndball...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • How Norway Became a Country: In Love and Folklore

    How Norway became a country is shrouded in mystery and folklore. The most well known tale is of Harald Hårfagre who gathered the small kingdoms of the north into a unified nation in 872AD, and of...

  • Norwegian Comics: Pondus

    Pondus is by far the most popular Norwegian comic strip to have emerged in the last decade. The strip, named after the main character, was the brainchild of cartoonist Frode Øverli and set a...

  • Harstad Kulturhus

    Most cities in Norway have a culture house.

    The Harstad Kutlurhus is the largest Arts complex in Northern Norway. It was opened in 1992 by King Harald V and is the home of the North Norwegian...