Best Things to Do in Alesund, Norway

Friday October 15, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 6 Comments

Mount Aksla, Alesund, Norway, Things to Do, Nancy D. Brown, travel

The first place I take a visitor to Alesund, Norway is to Mount Aksla Fjellstua viewpoint.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Mount Aksla Fjellstua viewpoint.  The view of the town, islands and the majestic Sunnmore Alps further inland is fantastic. To get to Aksla you can either climb the 418 steps from the town park or drive up. In the summer season you can you can also go there in a sightseeing train.  

When I crave Alesund cuisine, I turn to one of the many fish restaurants for a delicious fish dish.

To escape work I go to the lighthouse at Alnes. It is located in a small fishing village on the island of Godoy just outside of Ålesund. Here you can hike up the mountain of Godøy, go wandering along the beach or just enjoy coffee and homemade cakes at the lighthouse.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at the many fjords, mountains and islands in Alesund.

If you come to Ålesund get your picture taken at Mount Aksla/ Fjellstua viewpoint, or by the picturesque Brosundet canal.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Sjøbua, get the “fisketallerken” fish-platter (a selection of fish).

Norwegian National Costume, Norway, heritage, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Norweigan National Costumes worn on special occasions

Ålesund is my one stop shop for Norwegian wool at Devold of Norway.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Egon.

For a huge splurge, I go to Sjøbua Fish Restaurant, Maki Fish Restaurant, or XL Diner.

Photo ops in Alesund include Mount Aksla/Fjellstua viewpoint, Brosundet canal buildings and the Art Nouveau architecture with decorative and colorful ornamentation.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of mount Aksla/ Fjellstua View point.

The most random thing about Ålesund is the Norwegian Food Festival.

In Ålesund an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing, sailing and diving.

My favorite walking route is the Brosundet canal, Mount Aksla pathways and Sukkertoppen Mountain.

Alesund, Norway, Art Nouveau Museum, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Alesund, Norway's best museum is The Art Nouveau Centre

Ålesund’s best museum is The Art Nouveau Centre.

To find out what’s going on at night or on weekends, read  Sunnmørsposten.

In the summer you should attend Alesund Boat festival, Midsummerjazz , Sommerparty, or Jugendfest.

In the fall you should visit the Sunnmore Open Air Museum.

In the winter you should go skiing.

A hidden gem in Alesund is Molja, what we call the “old town.” The street where we still have some wooden buildings surviving the city fire.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Invit Coffeebar, or Nomaden Espressobar.

Just outside of Ålesund you can visit the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site  – The Geirangerfjord.

The best way to see Alesund is to walk. Climb the 418 steps to Mount Aksla/Fjellstua or drive.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss: Atlantic Sea Park (aquarium.)

Alesund, Norway, fisherman, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Fishing is an important industry to Alesund, Norway

What are your favorite things to do in Alesund, Norway?

Thanks to Bente Saxon and Visit Alesund for assistance with this post. You may also become a Facebook Fan of Alesund, Norway. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

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Best Things to See and Do in Oslo, Norway

Friday October 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 6 Comments

Vigeland Sculpture Garden, Oslo, Norway, Nancy D. Brown

Visit Oslo, Norway’s Vigeland Sculpture Garden

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to:

The museum peninsula Bygdøy

The Oslo Opera House

The City Center around the main street Karl Johan and
Lake Sognsvann.

When I crave Oslo cuisine, I eat fresh shrimps on the pier.

Restaurant Olympen

Restaurant Yayas in Vika

To escape work I go to the forest area Nordmarka north of the city center or Hovedøya, an island outside the city center.

 

 

For complete quiet, I can hide away at?

  • Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
  • Langøyene, an island outside the city center
  • Hovedøya, an island outside the city center
  • Østmarka, a forest area southeast of the city center
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art

If you come to Oslo, get your picture taken at the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Solsiden or Restaurant Lofoten order the “seafood tower” plate.

Oslo, Norway, Lutefisk, cod, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Fish is an important staple in the Norwegian diet

As a child of Norwegian ancestry, I always dreaded bringing “Lutefisk” to school when it came time to share my Norwegian heritage.

Oslo’s traditional Christmas dish is “Lutefisk” – cured cod. Personally, I think it is an acquired taste.

Oslo is my one stop shop for:

Riktige leker (right toys) and
Hadeland Glassworks

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to:

  • Punjab Tandoori
  • Saigon Lille
  • Restaurant Mucho Mas
  • Restaurant Sult
  • Café Sara in Torggata

For a huge splurge, I go to:

  • Hotel Continental with Restaurant Eik
  • Restaurant Lofoten at Aker Brygge
  • Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin
    I had the opportunity to dine at this restaurant and it was amazing. Excellent quality seafood, outstanding service and a wonderful location in Oslo, Norway. Don’t miss it.
Viegland Sculpture Garden, Angry Child, Oslo, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Oslo, Norway’s Angry Child at Vigeland Sculpture Garden

Photo ops in Oslo  include:

  • The Opera House
  • Aker Brygge
  • Akershus Fortress
  • The Vigeland Sculpture Park
  • The Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of:

  • Grefsenkollen
  • Holmenkollen
  • Ekeberg

The most random thing about Oslo is the:

  • Oslo Vegetarian Festival – follow them on Twitter.
  • National Day May 17th
  • Oslo Jazz Festival

In Oslo, an active day outdoors involves biking, golfing, skiing, swimming and wind surfing. The forest Nordmarka is great for exploring.

My favorite walking route is:

  • Along the river Akerselva
  • From Frognerseteren to Sognsvann in Nordmarka

Oslo’s best museums are:

  • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)
  • The National Gallery
  • The Munch Museum
  • The Nobel Peace Center

For a night of dancing, go to:

  • Pigalle
  • Smuget
  • In the Grünerløkka area
  • Onkel Donald (for students)
  • Barbeint (clubbing)

Along the street Torggata is the spot for late night dining or Sushi at Rockefeller.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read:

  • Aftenposten
  • Dagbladet
Oslo, Norway, aerial view, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Oslo, Norway from above

You can tell a lot about Oslo from visiting:

Maridalsspillet in Maridalen

    Gamlebyen, the Old Oslo

In the spring you should attend a football match or see the museum peninsula Bygdoy beaches.

In the summer you should visit the islands outside the city center.

Øyafestivalen @oyafestival
Norwegian Wood Music festival

In the fall you might enjoy: The Botanical Gardens or Lake Sognsvann

In the winter you should go to:

  • Holmenkollen area
  • Skiing in Tryvann Vinterpark
  • Restaurant Frognerseteren
Oslo, Pasteries, Norway, Nancy D. Brown

For a great breakfast treat in Oslo, Norway

There are several hidden gems in Oslo:

  • Kampen, area in the city
  • Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
  • Restaurant/pub Blå along the Akerselva river

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to:

  • Boccata Café/Restaurant
  • Grand Café in Grand Hotel
  • Åpent Bakeri

Just outside of  Oslo you can visit the picturesque city Drøbak where the Christmas House is and many cozy cafés.

  • Restaurant Bølgen & Moi at Høvikodden Art Center

The best way to see Oslo is to walk the main street Karl Johan or grab a city bike.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Science and Technology

What are your favorite things to do in Oslo, Norway?

Thanks to Visit Oslo for assistance with this post. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

Best Things to See and Do in Trondheim, Norway

Friday October 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 10 Comments

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, flowers

Nidaros Cathedral is the first place I take a visitor to Trondheim, Norway

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Nidaros Cathedral.

When I crave Trondheim cuisine, I turn to Restaurant To Rom og Kjøkken or Havfruen Fish restaurant.

 

To escape work I go to Sponhuset at the Lade trail or the Trondheim public library in Norway.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at  Bymarka – the town forest.

If you come to Trondheim, get your picture taken on The Old Town Bridge  known as “the gate of fortune.”

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Baklandet Skydsstation, get the Fish Soup.

Trondheim is my one stop shop for trendy clothing for women with shops such as Shine, Retro, Moods of Norway and Inzani.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Ramp.

For a huge splurge, I go to Credo Restaurant.

Trondheim Harbor, Wharves, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, things to see

Photo ops in Trondheim, Norway include the wharves.

Photo ops in Trondheim include the wharves, the Nidaros Cathedral and the old town -Bakklandet.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Kristiansten Fortress.

The most random things about Trondheim are  all of the music and cultural festivals.

In Trondheim an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, skiing, or renting a city bike.

My favorite walking route is the Lade trail.

Trondheim’s  best museum is Ringve – Norway’s national museum of music.

For a night of dancing, go to Britannia Hotel for live music every Friday and Saturday in the Hall of Mirrors.

The AiSuma is the spot for late night dining in Trondheim, Norway.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Adresseavisen.

You can tell a lot about Trondheim from visiting the rural valley like Steinvikholmen Castle and watching the Midnight Opera Olav Engelbregtson event.

Trondheim, Norway, things to do, Nancy D. Brown, travel, insider tips

Trondheim’s Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral as seen from above the town

In the spring you should attend Norway’s Nidaros Blues Festival.

In the summer you should attend Olavsfestdagene – Trondheim’s St. Olav Festival.

In the fall you should visit Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

In the winter you should go cross country skiing in Bymaka followed by a cup of hot chocolate at one of the many skiing lodges.

A hidden gem in Trondheim is Restaurant Lille Skansen and Ilabekken park.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Rica Nidelven Hotel -Norway’s best hotel breakfast five years in a row or Dromedar Kaffebar.

Just outside of Trondheim you can visit Brekstad, have lunch at the Ørland Kysthotel – 55 minutes with the coastal express from Trondheim.

Trondheim, bicycle life, sykkelheis, norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk or ride bicycles

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk. They also have the world’s only bicycle lift – however, it was under repair during my visit.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Trondheim’s Science Center and Tyhottårnet Restaurant – a rotating restaurant 74m (243 ft) up in the air!

 

What are your favorite things to do in Trondheim, Norway?

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