Norway

Dog-sledding in Svalbard, Norway

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Dog-sledding in Svalbard, Norway

After a late night wandering the streets of Longyearbyen, under the midnight sun, I was up early. Waiting in the crisp Arctic morning air, my breath visible despite it being June, I could see the tour van driving towards the guesthouse that I was staying in. This was the start of an amazing day in Svalbard. I had wanted to go dog sledding for a long time. Probably because it is so different to anything that I had grown up with in Australia. I hadn’t really seen snow until I was in my mid-twenties. Now I found myself in the Arctic Circle,...

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Hurtigruten Celebrates 120 Years

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Hurtigruten Celebrates 120 Years

Hurtigruten Celebrates 120 Years Cruise Norway Tromsø, May 2013 – This summer, Hurtigruten invites its guests to join its 120th anniversary celebrations taking place on July 2. In all those­ decades of sailing the idyllic Norwegian west coast, with its many scenic fjords, charming villages and modern cities, Hurtigruten has garnered numerous recognitions, including being named “the world’s most beautiful voyage” by Lonely Planet. The 12-day anniversary sailings, departing daily from June 21 to July 1, feature a special itinerary that includes...

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Watch “A Norway Passage” on PBS

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Watch “A Norway Passage” on PBS

A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage is a film that takes viewers on an 1,100-mile odyssey, showing off Norway’s spectacularly scenic west coast and describing the country’s 120-year history of coastal ferry service, vital to the people living along the 34-port route. The film follows a sailing aboard the 451-berth MS Nordnorge, one of 11 Hurtigruten ships that make the 12-day round trip between the cosmopolitan city of Bergen and Kirkenes, on Russia’s border high above the Arctic Circle. Known as Hurtigruten’s Coastal Voyage, the trip...

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Hike the Uncrowded Faroe Islands this Summer

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Hike the Uncrowded Faroe Islands this Summer

GJOGV, FAROE ISLANDS — At 62 degrees north latitude, in the heart of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream, lies a remote cluster of islands known as the Faroes, virtually unknown to North Americans. Lying halfway between Iceland and Norway, this archipelago boasts towering volcanic mountains, waterfalls that cascade from cliffs directly into the sea, paintbox houses, and only 50,000 inhabitants.   The Faroes were settled over a thousand years ago by the Vikings, and are today a self-governing region of Denmark, with its own parliament...

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Dive Into Norwegian History with 7-Day Ice Breakers Voyage

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Dive Into Norwegian History with 7-Day Ice Breakers Voyage

New York, NY, June 2011 – Hurtigruten invites guests to be immersed in Norwegian culture of old and present during the “Year of Nansen-Amundsen” with the seven-day Ice Breakers Voyage, carving the same path forged by the celebrated maritime pioneers.  As the 691-passenger MS Nordkapp wends her way along Norway’s fjord-filled west coast, travelers are privy to the expertise of Scandinavian historian Arne Kertelhein, whose lectures illuminate the history of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, their incredible journeys and the diverse regions...

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A Whiskey in Svalbard

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It felt kind of weird fleeing a hot Swedish summer and going up north to the cold regions of the North Pole. Nevertheless, going to Svalbard during the sunny period, where temperatures are only a few minus degrees below-zero Celsius instead of the usual minus 30 degrees during the dark period, seemed like a much better option. I wanted to experience the northern Frontier, the wild untouched areas of the arctic pole, its life and the challenge it poses. We were a group of six adventurous friends seeking a novel way to spend our summer...

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Dogsledding in Norway

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Expedition Log: Day 5 Loping wolf-like for five, 10, then 30 miles, the dogs willingly pull our wooden sleds with unflagging stamina. We stand, one foot on each runner, sliding over the snow-covered terrain and atop ice-hard rivers, leaning left, then right, shouting commands in Norwegian. It’s one man and four huskies per sled. The dogs surprise us with their eagerness; in the mornings, they jump and strain to reach the sled, barking excitedly as we strap on the harnesses, ready to burst into action. Bundled warmly, our knees bent, we...

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A New Year’s Travel Resolution

Posted by on 4:21 pm in Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, ITKT Blogs, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, World | 0 comments

All good travel starts with an idea. And what’s a more comfortable way to gather those ideas than armchair traveling with In The Know Traveler? To get your adventures started, let In The Know Traveler and a list put together by the United Nations help. While the UN is an organization that you don’t usually associate with travel recommendations, each year they rank their 175 member countries on living standards such as real income, health, and education. Why not set your travel sights on places where the livin’ is easy? In this year’s list...

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The Kingdom of Norway

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Norway is a monarchy situated in Northern Europe. The Kingdom of Norway consists of the western and northern parts of the Scandinavian peninsula as well as the northern territories of Jan Mayen and the Svalbard archipelago, and Bouvet Island, Peter I Island, and Queen Maud Land in the southern hemisphere. Europe’s sixth largest country in terms of land mass, Norway is sparsely populated and ranks only 28th in terms of population. The length of Norway’s mainland coast, including fjords and bays, exceeds 20 000 km. To the east, Norway shares...

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The Øya Festival and Oslo Jazz Festival

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Oslo really comes to life in the long summer days and nights of August. In an explosion of music, culture and dance, the many festivals bring an exciting atmosphere to the city that can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. For an exceptional musical experience, get down to the Oslo Medieval Park and different clubs and stages around the city for the Øya Rock Festival which gives you the latest within contemporary rock/ pop music. Also worth a visit is the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Oslo Jazz Festival later in the month. Concerts...

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“Explorations” to the Norwegian Fjords

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New York, NY, April 2007 — Two new tours, the six-day “St. Petersburg Express” and seven-day “Scandinavian Capitals,” have been added to Norwegian Coastal Voyage’s new “Explorations” program of short vacations. Whether combined with a cruise along the fjord-indented west coast of Norway or booked separately, these six two- to seven-day itineraries give visitors an array of choices: Norway’s spectacular Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord; the indigenous Sami culture and wilderness of Lapland above the Arctic...

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The Remote Arctic and the British Isles Tours

Posted by on 5:40 pm in Announcements, England News, Greenland News, Ireland News, Norway News | 0 comments

BIRMINGHAM, AL, October 31, 2006 – For those who seek real adventure, breathtaking scenery and rare creatures from unspoiled locales, International Expeditions is offering two journeys in 2007 that will visit some of the world’s remotest regions. The world leader in nature travel, International Expeditions has designed bold and adventurous itineraries to the far-flung coastal regions of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland (May 11 – May 25, 2007), and to the distant Arctic coasts of Spitsbergen and East Greenland (August 22 –...

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Icelandair New Destination for 2007

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Icelandair Increases Flights And Announces New Destinations For 2007 Columbia, MD, October 12, 2006 – Icelandair will begin service to Bergen, Norway, with 3 flights a week and to Gothenburg, Sweden, with 2 flights a week and offer 4 flights a week from Halifax, Canada, starting spring 2007. Icelandair will also increase the number of flights to Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Helsinki and include new afternoon flights from Boston and New York-JFK. “We are celebrating our 70th anniversary next year and part of that celebration is...

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Traditional Norwegian Christmas Cruise

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New York, August 2006 — Traditional Norwegian Christmas and gala New Year’s Eve celebrations highlight special departures of Norwegian Coastal Voyage’s new, air-inclusive seven- to 10-day cruise tours from December 20 to 28. The itineraries give a choice of Christmas and New Year’s festivities at sea; a Christmas pre-cruise visit to fun-loving Copenhagen and its famous Christmas market in Tivoli Gardens; and New Year’s celebrations at the North Cape, Europe’s northernmost point; a Northern Lights Festival concert in Tromso’s distinctive...

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10% Discount with Deilmann

Posted by on 10:30 am in Announcements, Denmark News, Finland News, Germany News, Greenland News, Iceland News, Norway News, Poland News, Russia News, Sweden News | 0 comments

New York, April 7, 2006 – Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering Americans five cruises this summer to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Sea destinations and Greenland on the five-star MS Deutschland with free air and 10% reductions in cabin rates. The nine- to 21-night voyages sail to Bergen, Tromso, Norway’s fjord-cut coast and Spitzbergen, to Stockholm and all the Scandinavian capitals, to St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Iceland and Greenland. Passengers can fly free roundtrip from 16 U.S. cities and save up to $2,089 on the cruise rates alone. An added...

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