Wednesday January 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM | 0 Comments
Norway celebrates Edvard Munch, painter of Scream
Edvard Munch is Norway’s most beloved artist, and 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. The whole year is being dedicated to Munch’s life and work. As a part of this year-long celebration, Visit Norway is offering the chance to win two round-trip tickets to Oslo.
Help me, help you win two tickets to Oslo. I have posted the video on my Twitter feed @NancyDBrown and YouTube channel, as well as on this page. Like and share the video on YouTube, and retweet my #NorwayScream tweets. It’s that easy. By helping me get the #NorwayScream traffic on my sites, it will allow me to win two tickets that I can then give away to a reader of my blog. IF I get the most retweets, likes, and shares, I will give away two tickets to Oslo, Norway at a future date.
Tweet to win trip to Norway
Tweet #NorwayScream @NancyDBrown, win trip to Oslo, Norway
The more you mention the hashtag #NorwayScream @NancyDBrown on Twitter or retweet my @NancyDBrown tweets, the better your chances of winning.
The contest runs from January 23 to February 7, 2013 so get those likes, shares, and retweets done as soon as possible!
Note: The prize includes two round-trip tickets from the United States, so if you are international, you will be responsible for getting to the US on your own.
Edvard Munch Background: http://www.visitnorway.com/us/Media–press/Events-in-Norway/Edvard-Munch-Year-2013
Native Sami Couple in traditional costumes, Finnmark, Norway
Discover Authentic Norway on Hurtigruten Cruise Ship
If I close my eyes, I can still see visions of pink, red and orange streaks lighting up the Norwegian skyline. It was an August sunset in Bergen that I witnessed aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol, my lodging during a six-night cruise along Norway’s west coast.
With its majestic Norwegian fjords and snow capped mountains, Norway is accessible by boat, car, train and plane. However, sailing is my preferred mode of transportation when it comes to discovering Norway. After all, Norwegian Viking ships sailed the North Sea long before Christopher Columbus discovered America.
Hurtigruten – Worlds Most Beautiful Voyage
If you require television, slot machines, craps tables and nightly entertainment resembling Hollywood productions, Norway’s Hurtigruten cruises are not for you. However, if you prefer daily access to stunning vistas, excursions to Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral, dining with Norwegian Vikings in Bode or bird watching in Honnigsvag, sailing with Hurtigruten may be your ticket to discovering authentic Norway.
Take a horseback ride on a Fjord horse in Bergen, Norway
Hurtigruten – A Different Type of Cruising
Unlike super-sized cruise ships bedecked with water slides and climbing walls, Hurtigruten stakes its claim on Norway’s authentic beauty. The cruise typically begins in Bergen, Norway. Fly in early to visit the fish market, Hanseatic Wharf and Edvard Grieg Museum. Minutes from Bergen is the historic Øvre-Eide Farm. Take a carriage ride behind a fjord horse or go for a horseback ride on a Fjord horse.
Art Nouveau Alesund, Norway
Hurtigruten ships are working ships, and by that I mean that they carry cars and packages, as well as passengers. The Hurtigruten makes 34 ports of call and offers shore excursions in many of the ports. On my trip, I disembarked at the Art Nouveau town of Alesund and visited one of several museums, including the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum, with old Norwegian building replicas and a working Viking ship. Further up the west coast, Trondheim is known for its Nidaros Cathedral and boasts the worlds only bicycle lift.
Adventure Seekers in Norway
Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol – an authentic way to experience Norway
With the world’s largest population of sea eagles, Bodo is also known as the land of the midnight sun, as the sun doesn’t set during summer months. Take an inflatable rubber boat in search of these mighty birds and experience the Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful tidal current.
It is near Bodo when the Hurtigruten crosses the Arctic Circle and passengers may volunteer to experience a different sort of baptism – see above video.
Samis and reindeer and bears – oh my!
Far in the reaches of Northern Norway, passengers may sip reindeer soup in Finnmark with Sami locals, participate in a Viking feast and see what life was once like in Tromsø at the Polar Museum, where natives hunted seals and Polar bears to survive the long, cold winters.
Vigeland Sculpture Garden in Oslo, Norway is not to be missed
O is for Oslo Opera House
As is the case with Bergen, allow extra time in bustling Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Opera House offers stunning acoustics and the Vigeland Sculpture Garden is not to be missed.
If You Go:
Hurtigruten (800) 323-7436
5100 NW 33rdAve. Suite 255, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
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).
Norweigan National Costumes worn on special occasions