Culture

  • Open Bakery Frydenlund

    One of my favourite coffee bakeries in Oslo city is Open Bakery Fryenlund. It has that old 19th Century style with bread hanging on the wall, dark wooden panels and even a spiral staircase to a top balcony. And the coffee? Some of the best I have had in the city – dark, rich and flavoursome.

  • Trolls

    Trolls in Norway are small, magical creatures that live in hiding. There are some in the barn, some in the trees and some in the mountains. They are tricksters and like to play games on the humans that live close by. On Christmas Day it is custom to leave out a bowl of grøt and some beer for the barn elf so he will continue to keep an eye on the animals and not play tricks on you, such as hiding your slippers.

  • Broken Angel at Aker Brygge

    In early November the afternoon sun is low in the sky in Oslo. It is a beautiful time to walk around the city and see all the statues in a new light. This one has always drawn me in… I can’t help but stop to admire the work every time I’m walking along the docks.

  • Store Front on Øvre Slottsgate

    Wandering the streets in Oslo, sometimes you come across a store front that is right out of a story book. This high street bric-a-brac store was all dressed for Autumn in November.

  • The Opera House from Across the Dock

    This is a usual image of Oslo. I have always thought this view to be cold and distant. It has a beak futuristic tone, which you see in many Hollywood movies set in Europe. Tennet was filmed here and the opera house is part of the artistic poster for the film. But, when you view the house from the other way you see the fjord and beautiful sun sets.

  • The Mutiny of Democracy

    If you wander around St Hanshaugen you’ll find many unique boutique stores in the most unsuspecting of places. One of my favourites is a little art gallery by Mytteriet av demokratiet. These guys make pop culture art pieces for the serious art collector. They are very welcoming and you can watch them create in the gallery.

  • Graffiti Near the Homeless Hostel

    Sometimes I walked past a Salvation Army homeless hostel in Grønland. The people hanging outside were as vibrant as the streets. The hostel is now gone, hopefully just moved, only the graffiti art remains.

  • Table Tennis in Grünerløkka

    Outdoor Third Spaces are very popular in the summertime in Oslo. Especially on Saturdays, this table tennis park in trendy Grünerløkka, Oslo, is full of activity with people from all over the community coming together to play.

  • Cobble Stones

    You’ll find cobbles stone patches all over the city. Old Oslo Town does not want us to forget.

  • New Graffiti in Grønland

    Newly painted. I’d say it will take a few years before it reaches my tastes. I prefer weathered Graffiti… the stuff that has stood the test of time. But I guess all graffiti must have a beginning!

  • St Hanshaugen Park in Summer

    This isn’t as such a traditional park, I’d say, as it is an outdoor bar and concert park. During the long light of summer, the park is alive with social activity into the late night. The grassy green hill has good views towards the Oslo fjord, which makes for a spectacular sunset.

  • Golden Plaques

    Here and there on the sidewalks of Oslo you will find little metal plaques. The are a remembrance of the people who were taken from their homes by the Nazis during WWII.

  • Norwegian Books in English

    A few Norwegian books each year are translated into English. Here are just some of the titles that can be found on bookstore selves in Oslo.

  • One Kvaløya Sunset

    As a photographer in your hometown, you have your favourite spots to take the perfect photographs. You know when to go, what equipment you need according to the...

  • 12th Man – Movie Trailer

    Trailer for the Norwegian WW2 drama “Den 12. Mann” (12th Man), which will open in theaters on Christmas Day 2017.

  • Birkebeinerne – First Trailer

    The first official trailer for the highly anticipated Norwegian film “Birkebeinerne” has been released. Watch the trailer with English caption here.