Norway

By Julie Snyder (In Part One of Nordic Sampler, which you can read here, Julie explored Iceland, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Now the journey concludes in Norway.) Fifth Stop: Oslo, Norway Arriving by overnight ship from Copenhagen, we found Oslo rather enigmatic—a landslide of contemporary development melded with centuries‘-old tradition.

Story & photos by David McKay Wilson At the highest point on the Bergen-to-Oslo train line you’ll find the magical vacation hideaway called Finse. Only accessible by train in winter, the resort, at 4000 feet above sea level, lies at the foot of the Hardanger glacier in an Arctic landscape,

  By Monique Burns You’ll find Longyearbyen at the Arctic Ocean’s southern fringe, 600 miles from the North Pole and 600 miles from the Norwegian mainland.  The world’s northernmost settlement with a permanent population, it’s a quirky little place that tends to capture visitors’ imaginations in a big way.  Not

By Monique Burns For years, the Arctic haunted me.  I longed to cruise those northerly waters, to set foot in that stark, mysterious land.  I dreamt of tracking rare wildlife, from walruses and whales to reindeer and polar bears, and of following the flights of black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars and

By Monique Burns At first glance, you might think there’s nothing special about the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.  It’s not the newest hotel in town.  Nor is it the hippest.  Those honors would go to The Thief, the edgy design hotel opposite Renzo Piano’s

By Monique Burns Virtually everyone dreams of seeing the Northern Lights—and I was no exception.  I could have traveled from my home in Rockport, just north of Boston, to eastern Canada or even Alaska.  But it wasn’t just a light show I was after.  I wanted to immerse myself in

By Monique Burns From the rugged frontier outpost of Kirkenes, a stone’s throw from the Russian border, south to Bergen, gateway to the western fjords, Norway’s coast stretches some 2,500 miles.  From the North, Norwegian and Barents seas, and from countless fjords, rise hundreds of sun-dappled islands and islets, topped