Gorgeous, genetically blessed Norway ranks among the upper echelons of the world’s not-to-be-missed destinations. The beauty of the rugged-beyond-repair glacier-carved fjords can silence even the most jaded travelers who’ve been wearing the “been there done that” t-shirt for years.
Skien is the county capital of Telemark County in Norway. The city has around 50,000 inhabitants, and is beautifully situated between the two water reservoirs of Bryggevannet and Hjellevannet. The waterfront is an important part of the cityscape, which is a mixture of pedestrian streets, green areas and monumental buildings. Skien’s beautiful church with its […]
Located in West Telemark in the small town of Kviteseid, Morgedal is a small valley unspoilt by over-development, unlike many other tourist destinations. An active farming community, many people make their living farming the land here, and as such, it is a great place to experience a real piece of heartland Norway. There are approximately […]
In the early 17th century, Sweden was busy building an empire around the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. A strong navy was essential. During the 1620s Sweden was at war with Poland. In 1625 the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus ordered new warships. Among them the Vasa.
Many people would love to attend the Nobel Prize festivities, but few are privileged to do so. One way to breathe in some of the Nobel aura without a formal invitation is to visit the City Hall Cellar (Stadshuskällaren), where all the historical Nobel menus, from 1901 to 2004, are served.
During the past decade, Stockholm has become one of Europe’s most attractive culinary cities and is now at the forefront internationally both in terms of quality and creativity. This is due not least to an enormous increase in the number of culinary offerings.
The Swedish mountain regions stretch over 600 miles from Treriksröset in the north to Dalarna in the south. There is plenty of hiking for beginners and families with children, as well as for the astute, experienced mountain climber.
A trip across frozen lakes while the stars light the heavens and the Northern Lights flash is an overwhelming experience. An expedition in April to mountain streams that have just begun to ripple is unforgettable.
Sweden has a great many castles and country estates spread throughout the country. From medieval citadels to castles constructed at the end of the 19th century under a variety of ownership forms including private, royal, state and foundation.