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Best things to do in Svalbard

When it comes to epic trips, few can top a visit to the Arctic Circle. With the chance to spot polar bears and even visit some of the planet’s most remote glaciers, you’re guaranteed to go back home with some pretty sweet stories to share. Head to Svalbard, Norway, this summer for a chance to make once-in-a-lifetime memories — think spending the night on a glacier and ethically observing polar bears in the wild (or in your hotel room, eating chocolate, if you’re really lucky) all in one trip....
Tags: Travel, Norway, Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, All, Longyearbyen, Svalbard Norway, Jonny Cooper, Artic Circle, Off the Map Travel, Arctic Circle With, Nordenskiöld Lodge


HSMAI Special Award to Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos

Not many have avoided noticing the mark Norwegian Air Shuttle - Norwegian for short - CEO, founder and majority owner Bjørn Kjos has left on Norway's aviation, travel and hospitality industry in the years following the airline's launch 26 years ago, in a marketplace characterized by far more expensive flight fares. His importance for the industry is almost unrivaled, making international headlines for aviation "made in Norway". It should come as no surprises, then, that HSMAI decided to m...
Tags: Travel, Norway, Young, Oslo, HSMAI, Bjørn Kjos


Norwegian liquor travels the world

People have different definitions of what it means to be well-traveled. For some, it means a big portion of your time is spent exploring new places. To others, it simply means racking up passport stamps. Every drop of Linie Aquavit, a spirit from Norway, is well-traveled regardless of how you define it. In fact, all of the Linie sold since 1821 has seen more of the world than the vast majority of humans. Before being bottled, Linie is aged in 500-liter barrels that previously held Oloroso she...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Instagram, Australia, Kentucky, Scotland, Singapore, US, New Hampshire, Norway, Scandinavia, Baltimore, Panama, Caribbean, Tacoma


Norway: Private tycoon goes public with wife’s disappearance

STAVANGER, Norway — Tom Hagen and his wife expected to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019. Today, one of Norway’s wealthiest men just wants to know that Anne-Elizabeth Falkevik Hagen, the childhood sweetheart he married at age 19, is alive. Her disappearance and suspected abduction from the couple’s home on Halloween has gripped a […]
Tags: Travel, News, World, Nation, Norway, Tom Hagen, STAVANGER Norway, Nation & World, Anne Elizabeth Falkevik Hagen


From summit to sea: a snowboarding adventure in the Arctic Circle

There are no lifts in Norway’s picturesque Lyngen Alps, so if you want to ride down a mountain to the shore you have to hike up it firstI’m on top of the world, in all senses of the term: we’re 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Lyngen Alps and I’m buzzing at having reached the summit of Riššavárri, after a 31/2-hour hike.Jagged white peaks rise starkly from snaking, deep blue fjords, the sun is shining, the light’s amazing – and there’s no one here but me and my guide, Mikal Nerberg...
Tags: Travel, Norway, Snowboarding, Arctic Circle, Adventure Travel, Europe Holidays, Winter Sports Holidays, Norway Holidays, Arctic Holidays, Lyngen Alps, Mikal Nerberg With


Norway’s fanaost is the best cheese

If you love cheese but always stick to the typical European cheeses we all know and love, then you’re missing out on the best cheese in the world. A family-run farm in Norway holds one of the most prestigious titles in the cheese-making world: overall winner of the World Cheese Awards. The winning aged gouda is called fanaost, and is made by Norwegian cheesemaker named Jørn Hafslund on the Ostegården farm. Fanaost beat out 3,472 cheeses from around the world to claim the title. With a herd of...
Tags: Travel, UK, Cheese, France, Israel, US, Spain, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, All, Bergen Norway, Cheeses, Norwegian Cheese, Jørn Hafslund


The top places to visit in 2019 according to Rough Guides

Rough Guides has announced its annual list of must-see destinations. A team of expert writers and editors have recommended a list of 19 places that it would be best to see in 2019. The list comprises 8 top towns and cities, 6 top regions, and 5 top countries. Below is a selection of the Rough […] The post The top places to visit in 2019 according to Rough Guides appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Featured, China, Africa, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, South America, Norway, Central America, Panama, Rwanda


13 winter images of Fjord Norway

M aybe it was the Norwegian winters that bred the Vikings into such adventurers and conquerors. This famously hard-helmeted lot originated in the land of fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers, of snowy mountains and icy waters. The Fjord Norway landscape was their training ground — what other terrain could have made them so notoriously courageous? Much has changed since the Viking Age, but winter in Norway is still the time to Go Viking. Today, this involves exploring UNESCO sites and Christmas mar...
Tags: Travel, Images, Photos, Europe, Winter, Cities, Unesco, Things To Do, Gallery, Norway, Vikings, Northern Europe, All, Trip Planning, Bergen, Ferris


SAS Big Fare Sale to Scandinavia

If you’re eager to book your first trip of 2019, Scandinavian Airlines just made your destination choice a lot easier. Its “BIG Fare Sale” is offering heavily discounted trips from the United States to Scandinavia, for as low as $417 round-trip. Flights from the US to major cities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are all included. Many flights are nonstop, though some have brief layovers. But considering a typical round-trip flight from the US to Europe can cost upward of $850, a short...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Boston, US, Sales, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Norway, Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Sas, Oslo


19 Places You Should Visit in 2019

2018 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2019. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration. Non-Coastal USA I explored a lot of my ow...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Usa, Australia, China, Germany, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Disney, US, America, Colombia, Thailand, Frankfurt


Most beautiful wooden churches

Not all churches are elaborate stone and marble structures like Westminster Abbey or Notre Dame. Some of the coolest churches are structures made of wood that might seem simple at first glance but are actually quite intricately built — some without using even a single nail. The wooden churches found in Europe and Eurasia represent cherished architectural styles from bygone eras, and they’re pretty eye-catching to boot. Here are nine of the most amazing wooden churches you need to check out. ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Unesco, Poland, Moscow, Belarus, Norway, Slovakia, Iceland, Kremlin, Churches, Eastern Europe, Kiev, All, Eurasia


Two female travelers killed by ISIS

Photo: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, one of two Scandinavian tourists killed in Morocco (left). The Village of Imlil at the foothill of the Atlas Mountains, Toubkal National Park, Morocco (right). Members of the Islamic State are suspected of killing two female Scandinavian tourists in Morocco two weeks ago. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found on Monday, December 17 in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco with knife wounds to the neck. Four me...
Tags: Travel, Isis, Islamic State, Morocco, Denmark, Norway, All, Terrorist Attacks, Reuters, Giza, Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal North Africa, Imlil, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, Maren Ueland, Atlas Mountains Toubkal National Park Morocco


Staff member killed by lion at zoo

Sunday started as a typical day at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina. Visitors meandered through the property and took pictures of wildlife and zoo staff performed routine maintenance duties. It was during a cage cleaning that a lion broke free and killed an intern at the zoo. 22-year-old Alexandra Black, a native of New Palestine, Indiana, and a recent graduate of Indiana State University, was killed onsite. “While a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal k...
Tags: Travel, Zoos, Norway, North Carolina, All, US Department of Agriculture, Indiana State University, New Palestine Indiana, Alexandra Black, Conservators Center, Burlington North Carolina Visitors


Surprising Things To Do in Nuuk Greenland

I eagerly looked out the window as we landed on the world’s largest island, but all I could see was white. Snow was everywhere. I looked again at my watch where the date read April 12th. Seemed a little late for all of this snow cover. But in Nuuk Greenland, they have snow on the ground 8 months of the year; this white landscape in April was normal. Anya picked us up from the little airport and drove us into the capital city of Nuuk. It looked like a black and white painting; the ground was whi...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Alaska, Paris, Starbucks, Norway, Anya, Greenland, Iceland, Nuuk, Greenlandic, Best Way, Ottsworld Unique Travel, Keflavík International Airport, Air Greenland, Marc


Matador staff's favorite trips 2018

The Matador staff is based all around the world, which means we’re a well-traveled bunch. In 2018, team members went across the globe — sometimes for fun, sometimes for work, and sometimes for a mix of both. We explored the polar-bear-filled north and surfed the coast of Spain. Some of us went to cities; others took on the great outdoors. Some of us got to know our own backyards a little better. All of us took along our one piece of gear we can’t travel without. If you want a guaranteed amazi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, America, Spain, Barcelona, Thailand, Atlantic, Egypt, Malaysia, Santiago, Idaho, Hawaii, Galicia


Back to Iceland I go

And off I go again As per usual sampling of photos here... there are way too many to ever postOriginally I planned to return to Norway so that I could see it in all its wintery glory but after pricing everything I decided I might as well hit up Ic
Tags: Travel, Norway, Iceland


Sports we tried in 2018 and loved

2018 was a big year for sports. We looked at extreme sports you can do indoors, crazy sports from other countries, and even weird sports drinks around the world. We also tried new athletic pursuits that allowed us to explore once inaccessible territory, like coastal cliffs or the sky between two canyons, and pursue our passions throughout the year. Be it running, biking, swimming, or surfing, new takes on these activities mean that neither snow, ice, nor even the time of day need hold us back...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Wales, Sports, Canada, United States, Norway, Iceland, North America, Eastern Europe, Bureau of Land Management, Gail Johnson Shutterstock, Best New Sports 2018, New Sports, Underrated Sports, McKerrell


First person crosses Antarctica solo

After 921 miles across one of the most desolate, unforgiving landscapes in the world, the race across Antarctica finally has a winner. Colin O’Brady, a 33-year-old American, finished the two-month race across the world’s southernmost continent on Wednesday, becoming the first person to ever cross Antarctica from coast to coast solo, unsupported, and unaided by wind. Even more impressive, he completed the feat without taking a single day off. His only break came on November 29 when he lost a s...
Tags: Travel, England, News, New York Times, Antarctica, Norway, The New York Times, Rudd, Henry Worsley, Brady, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, Colin O Brady, Louis Rudd, O'Brady, Antarctica record


Japan will resume commercial whaling

Japan is offering a compromise when it comes to its new whaling territories, though wildlife organizations may not see it that way. The country has just announced that it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) next year, meaning that it will stop hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean but resume hunting whales for commercial purposes in its own waters in 2019. According to the official statement by Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, “Japan has used whales ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Norway, Whaling, Whales, Iceland, All, Iwc, International Whaling Commission IWC, Yoshihide Suga, Antarctic Ocean, Sam Annesley, Greenpeace Japan


Airlines We Lost 2018

As we wind toward the end of the year, it is time to take a look back on what we’ve lost in 2018. Dozens of airlines failed this year, and that’s not a surprise. Not all of them were beloved, but they should still be honored for giving it their best shot. Fortunately, we had no Etihad-related failures this year after last year’s banner effort. That’s right, Alitalia lives to see another year, and we can all be thankful for that. Airlines in Venezuela weren’t nearly as lucky, nor were some of...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Sweden, Berlin, India, Africa, Israel, Global, US, Tel Aviv, Indianapolis, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Prague, Alaska


Yule love these … great European Christmas traditions

Continental festivities include chocolate logs in Paris, tree-cutting in Norway and plenty of fish: eel in Naples, carp in Prague and fermented skate in IcelandAs Orthodox Christians, Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on 7 January with a 12-dish feast called Svyatyi Vechir (Holy Evening). The night before, singers go from house to house wearing colourful embroidered clothes and carrying the star of Bethlehem to symbolise the birth of Jesus. The procession is often accompanied by a traditional verte...
Tags: Travel, Ukraine, Prague, Heritage, Paris, Food And Drink, Norway, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Continental, Naples, Europe Holidays, Christmas And New Year Holidays, Kiev, Bethlehem


8 winter adventures in Fjord Norway

W hen countries intersect the Arctic Circle, we tend to think of them as summer destinations — you know, midnight sun, cool temperatures, lots of outdoor adventures and wildlife. Norway still falls safely into this category, especially for Americans; excluding the caravans of Minnesotans on genealogy hunts, we tend to be fair-weather friends. And that’s a shame, because we’re missing out on some real magic. Once the mountains turn white with snow, once the autumn light hits the water of the fj...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Cruise, Unesco, Things To Do, Skiing, Norway, Glaciers, Tom Cruise, Arctic Circle, All, Bergen, Outdoor Adventures, Voss, Stavanger, Preikestolen


My Year in Review and Holiday Greetings

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe it’s my 12th year of doing these holiday videos!  I’m not a video person mainly becuase I hate editing video.  It takes me a full 10 to 12 hour day to get this video done.  So every year I don’t think I’ll make the video and then tradition (and guilt) wins out. I traveled more than ever in 2018! One of the things I have come to realize since having a home base, I spend a lot more time on planes than I used to.  Each time I go on a trip I now have a home to come ba...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Europe, Colorado, India, Spain, Maine, Alaska, Faroe Islands, Norway, Michelin, Greenland, Iceland, Travel Tips, Denver, Chevron


Photos of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Last August, adventure travel photographer Kylie Fly traveled by train from Anchorage to Seward, Alaska, and continued by boat to Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park. On hikes, kayaks, and boat excursions, Kylie photographed glaciers, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife. Below is a gallery of Kylie’s stunning images, with her story as told to Matador Network editor Noelle Salmi. 1 The Classic Coastal Train connects Anchorage to the port town of Seward ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Colorado, Alaska, Norway, Noelle Salmi, Matador Network, Kylie, Anchorage, Samoa, Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, Aialik Bay, Seward Alaska


Winter trip to Tofino, Canada photos

1 We arrive on Canada’s Vancouver Island by ferry, and the drive to Tofino does not disappoint. The sun begins to dip below the tree line as we cruise along Highway 4, stopping at small roadside pull-offs to take in the ever-changing view. 2 We do some research and find the Crystal Cove Beach Resort, the perfect beachside campground. We arrive just after sunset and wander along the ocean’s edge, exploring ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Long Beach, Norway, Photo Essay, Pacific Northwest, Sandy, Western US, Samoa, Vancouver Island, Tofino, winter in Canada, Jacqueline Kehoe, Long Beach Lodge, Cox Bay, Tofino Sea Kayaking


Morocco arrests suspect after deaths of 2 European tourists

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say one person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two female Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination. The Interior Ministry says the two women, from Denmark and Norway, were discovered Monday “with evidence of violence on their necks.” Moroccan security services said […]
Tags: Travel, News, Morocco, Denmark, Norway, Rabat, Atlas Mountains, Interior Ministry, Morocco AP, Nation & World


Disney invests $15M in educational gaming app Kahoot at a $376M valuation

When Kahoot, the startup that operates a popular platform for user-generated educational gaming, raised $15 million in October of this year, we mentioned that Disney might take a larger stake in the company, beyond the small investment it took after Kahoot passed through the Disney Accelerator. Now with some 60 million games on its platform, today Kahoot announced that this has come to pass: Disney has backed Kahoot to the tune of $15 million — working out to a four percent stake in the startup ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gaming, Apps, Education, Microsoft, Disney, US, Norway, Byju, Fortnite, Kahoot, Asmund Furuseth, Kahoot Samba TV


Ice hotels to stay in this winter

Most of us think of cozy beds and warm rooms after a day of playing in the snow. But those who love winter and unconventional lodgings would gladly trade memory foam mattresses and high-thread-count sheets for a night in an ice hotel that looks like Elsa’s frozen palace. Built by snow architects and artists, ice hotels are ephemeral and make for a very cool experience. Here are seven of the craziest ice hotels from around the world where you can spend a frosty night. 1. Ice Hotel Jukkasjärvi...
Tags: Travel, Elsa, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, Norway, North America, Eastern Europe, Sami, Quebec Canada, Cartisoara, Balea Lake, Torne River, Ice Hotels


Explore Norway 2019 With Unlimited Flights Within Two Weeks

You can explore Norway with unlimited flights within two weeks between Monday, July 1, 2019 and Saturday, August 31, 2019 for one price with Widerøe, depending on within which zones to which you travel. The Explore Norway ticket is valid for unlimited travel in Norway for two weeks — with Norway divided into 3 zones — and you can.. The post Explore Norway 2019 With Unlimited Flights Within Two Weeks appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Norway, Airlines, Promotions, Discounts And Coupons


An affordable winter sports break in Oslo, of all places

Despite its pricey reputation, Norway’s capital may be the world’s most accessible snow sports hub, with an Olympic bobsleigh run and cross-country skiing a short schuss from the centreI’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their...
Tags: Travel, Norway, City Breaks, Short breaks, Skiing Holidays, Oslo, Winter Sports Holidays, Scandinavia holidays, Oslo holidays, Midtstuen



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