Tag archives for norway

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense in February and March. Here are three stand-out lodges that will get you up close and personal.

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch perfected the art of darkness and foreboding. Belying those moody themes is a colorful palette that perks up Oslo’s winter gray as the city celebrates the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our round ups.

I’m too distracted to hear the first announcement. The captain is pulling the National Geographic Explorer dangerously close to shore, and I am waiting for a metal-on-rock crunch that never comes in this ridiculously deep Norwegian fjord.

Then it registers. Did I hear “puffin dogs?”

Where Oslo Plays: Løkka

Oslo’s quirky borough along the banks of the Akerselva River, Grünerløkka (Løkka as locals call it) used to be a gritty industrial area. Now, it’s where the cool kids go to shop and play.

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Oslo…From Under An Umbrella

If I say Norway, most of you probably think of boats, water, and stunning nature. I happened to visit Oslo for two days in July when the rain just wouldn’t stop pouring down. Since I had forgotten my raincoat, I decided to scrap my plan to visit the beautiful Oslo Fjord region and explore the Oslo city center instead. Here’s what Norway’s capital city has to offer on a rainy summer’s day.

The upstart chic resort, complete with the inevitable martini bar and spa, may be taking root just about everywhere these days. But in Norway, the trendiest things going are the centuries-old farmsteads that have been converted into all-purpose Nordic getaways.

Sing for Hope—a non-profit organization that mobilizes professional artists in volunteer programs—is bringing back its Pop-Up Pianos campaign to New York City this summer. Beginning June 18, across the city 88 pianos will appear on the streets, inspiring impromptu concerts by Sing for Hope volunteers and other passersby. After the project is over, the pianos…

RED GLACIER, ALASKA Bergs and boulders form islands of ice and rock in the basin of the glacier. Welcome to the latest edition of Library Fridays, where we share an excerpt from one our upcoming titles from National Geographic Books. I was particularly enthused at just hearing the name of this week’s book, From the…

Hunting the Northern Lights

Lisa T.E. Sonne has chronicled the blinking lights of synchronous fireflies in Malaysia and flashing lures of fly fishing for Intelligent Travel. Now she shares her latest quest to “see the light.” The word “hunting” conjures a primal set of emotions. The word “lights” elicits more artistic and spiritual thoughts. My 2010 challenge was to…

Want to learn more about traveling with National Geographic Expeditions? Here’s your chance. The Land of the Polar Bears with National Geographic Expeditions Have you ever dreamed of seeing a polar bear in the wild? How about about walrus, arctic foxes, reindeer, and bearded seals? Well tonight, you can join National Geographic Expeditions at 8:00…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is travel writer Anne-Sophie Redisch, who gives us a glimpse of Oslo. What to share the things that make…

Our annual Destinations Rated issue is now on newsstands, and our colleagues over at NG News have put together a slideshow of some of the best and worst ranked spots on the list this year. Norway’s Fjords region (pictured) came in first in the eyes of our judges, and from this perspective, it’s easy to…

Greetings, city-lovers! Travel writer Anne-Sophie Redisch gives her country’s capital city some lovin’, and tells us why this Scandinavian metropolis is simply the best. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re…

Behind the Lens: Photo Tips from Dan

Senior Photo Editor Dan Westergren oversees the photographic vision of Traveler magazine, but when he himself is taking the shots, it’s often hard for him to know what will work best. We asked Dan to offer up some blog-worthy tutorials, and are already making the most of his advice. Sometimes the best photo is the…