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Win a trip to Oslo, Norway for two

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.

On January 23, Visit Norway released a 30-second film entitled Scream. The goal is to make it go viral, and honor Edvard Munch (whose most famous painting is Scream) in the process.



How to win Visit Norway giveaway

 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:–press/Events-in-Norway/Edvard-Munch-Year-2013

If You Go:

Visit Norway

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Things to See and Do in Norway on Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Friday October 22, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 6 Comments

Sami natives, Finnmark, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

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, MS Midnatsol, ship, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

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, Oslo, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

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

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Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway

Things to See and Do in Alesund, Norway

Things to See and Do in Trondheim, Norway

Things to See and Do in Oslo, Norway

Are Cruise Ships Environmentally Friendly?

I was a guest of Hurtigruten and Innovation Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown. Fjord horse photo courtesy of Ovre-Eide Farm.

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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