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Tynnølsvegen 50, 2665 Lesja, Norway
Looking for a unique way to experience bucolic Norwegian life without breaking the bank? Nestled in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley (about two and half hours north of Lillehammer), Tynnøl Backpackers Lodge offers visitors the chance to stay in...
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Valbjor Gard is a working farm owned by the same family for 800 years. The 12 cottages are beautifully restored and rustic, yet with running water and tiny bathrooms. They have little kitchens, seating areas, a table, and cozy beds. The fireplaces...
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Averøy Municipality, Norway
Declared "the world's best road trip" by the Guardian, a drive along western Norway's 5.2 mile Atlantic Ocean Road is certainly bound to be inspiring. The road connects the mainland with several small islands of an archipelago, winding across the...
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Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) is a challenging hike in Skjeggedal, Norway. It is one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever done. It wasn't crowded and the views were incredibly beautiful. It took us about 5 hours to reach the ledge of the...
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Aurland, Norway
You can cruise the fjords by either going on the "Norway in a Nutshell" tour or doing it on your own. Getting to the fjords isn’t as easy you think. You need to take a series of trains, buses and ferries. After a lot of research, I found that the...
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Fjærland, Norway
The Flatbreen hike in Norway is officially in the running for "Best Day Hike in the World," in my book. You'll gain 3,100 feet in elevation on the way up these stunning, glaciated valleys and mountain passes. Depending on your pace and the...
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Øvre Torvgate 24, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway
Meaning "Lye Fish," this quintessential Norwegian dish is much maligned, as I well know, having much maligned it myself. I'm not the only person to have spoken ill of the dish. Esteemed American author Garrison Keillor describes Lutefisk as "...a...
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The best place on earth to see a healthy population of wild polar bears is the Svalbard Archipelago, in the northernmost part of Norway that falls inside the Arctic Circle. More than 60 percent of the landmass in this island group is ice-covered,...
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Beautiful Auroras at Kvaløya outside Hammerfest, in Northern Norway!
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Bankgata 1, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
If you are in Tromsø and want to see the Northern Lights outside the city, away from the light pollution, choose Arctic Guide Service. For about an hour, they drive towards dark places while they give information about Tromsø, explanations about...
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Hatston, Kirkwall KW15 1RH, UK
Ortak is a brand synonymous with quality jewelry and silver across Scotland, and here in Kirkwall you can visit the flagship shop and design studio. A signature feature of their gold and sterling silver pieces is the incorporation of luminous...
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A964, Kirkwall KW15 1SF, UK
The Foveran is the place to eat on Orkney. Paul Doull, the chef-owner of this restaurant located at the water's edge, uses the ocean as the source and inspiration for the delicious dishes on the seasonal menus. Along with roast monkfish with...
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Ireland Rd, Stennes, Stromness KW16 3LB, UK
The Orkneys have a piece of prehistoric engineering every bit as impressive as Stonehenge. A 7.3-meter-high (24-foot-high) burial mound, dating to about 2800 B.C.E., covers a chambered cairn constructed with gigantic stones. When Vikings arrived...
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Bod of Gremista, Gremista Industrial Estate, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0PX, UK
Textile production has played a vital role in the economy of the archipelago, notably when Queen Victoria received a gift of lace stockings from islander Arthur Anderson. Inside the Böd of Gremista, Anderson's childhood home, you’ll meet genuine...
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Sumburgh, Shetland ZE3 9JN, UK
This remarkable prehistoric archaeological site was uncovered by chance after a severe storm in 1896. Today it's one of the most famous archaeological sites in all the British Isles. Remains include thick walls of Bronze Age settlements, a...
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80 Commercial St, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0DL, UK
While shopping on Lerwick's Commercial Street, be sure to stop by Ninian for a diverse range of gifts. The stock is constantly changing, but you can expect Shetland sweaters, scarves, handmade jewelry and housewares including wall clocks and mugs....
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Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, UK
Complete your visit to the Shetland Museum with a meal at this highly regarded restaurant with sea views. Unlike many museum eateries, Hay's Dock is a true extension of the museum, showcasing the very best local ingredients. A strong Nordic...
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181 Commercial St, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0HX, UK
Few things say traditional British more than a fresh pot of tea and a scone or slice of cake. Head to Fine Peerie Cakes to sample the best in Lerwick. Choose from plain, cheese or fruit scones, a range of fruit tarts or more extravagant cakes, all...