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Reminiscent of building of the kingdom of Rohan from Lord of the Rings, Norway's stave churches are impressively built in a Viking style featuring incredible craftsmanship and inspiring spiritual contemplation. On our visit to Norway, we visited...
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Jernbanetorget 2, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
The few episodes of the Netflix show Lilyhammer didn't prepare me for my visit to the actual town of Lillehammer itself. With its bricked pedestrian mall filled with boutiques and other high-end shops, the town seemed more like a nordic Boulder, ...
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Bryggevegen 2, 2821 Gjøvik, Norway
The Skibladner is the world's oldest preserved paddle steamer. It does daily cruises in the summer up and down the length of Lake Mjøsa. Lake Mjøsa is either a long lake or an inland fjord, depending on whom you ask. The 150-year old Skibladner...
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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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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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Hovedøya, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Hovedøya is an island located in the Oslo fjord. The name derives from Norse word hǫfuð, meaning height. It probably got this name from a large hill on the Eastern part of the island where there used to be a military watch tower in Medieval times....
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Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo, Norway
Classical European grandeur, luxurious rooms, and a chance to feel the living pulse of history awaits those entering the Grand Hotel Oslo, easily among the finest examples of traditional Grand Hotels. From the royal ambience of the stately lobby...
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Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
The Fjellheisen cablecar in Tromsø, which takes you up Mount Floya, operates 24 hours in the summer, when the Arctic sunshine stays with you all night. Whether you're planning to hike or merely to stand and gaze at the view 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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The 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla are worth the work for stunning panoramic views of the city, archipelago and Sunnmøre Alps. Visitors can also rent a taxi or take the city train to the summit. Hikers should start in Town Park on the west...
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This stone church was rebuilt in 1909 after the town’s fire. Its nautically themed stained-glass windows are especially beautiful, as are the carved wooden pews. Large ornate frescoes designed by Norwegian artist Martin Enevold Thømt cover the...
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Parkgata 18A, 6003 Ålesund, Norway
This micro coffee roaster opened in 2011 and is named after the Brazilian jacu bird that flies around coffee plantations eating coffee cherries, the fruits that become coffee beans after being dried and roasted. The sleek, modern café offers a...
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Løvenvoldgata 5, 6002 Ålesund, Norway
Shop for one-of-a-kind handblown glassware inside this modern olive green building. This local shop sells everything from wine glasses to colorful vases, bowls, ornaments and intricately patterned hanging lamps. Purchases can include personalized...
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Molovegen 16B, 6004 Ålesund, Norway
Browse two floors of unique antiques that span more than 465 square meters. Housed in one of the few buildings that survived the 1904 fire, this shop specializes in maritime antiques made of wood, copper and brass including fishing and navigation...
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Nybrokajen, Stockholm, Sweden
At exactly 12 noon every Saturday and Sunday, this refurbished 1931 steamboat pushes out of Nybrokajen bay, and the three-hour brunch cruise sails to Vaxholm and back with impressive panoramic views of the archipelago along the way. The onboard...
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Zinkens Väg, 118 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Every other block in Stockholm seems to have a bakery or a coffee shop that also sells pastries. Swedes seem to love their pastries almost as much as the French. Since it's almost impossible to avoid the bakeries in Stockholm, I simply gave in and...
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Stadsgården 6, 104 65 Stockholm, Sweden
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Located on the island of Södermalm and boasting arguably the best panoramic view of Stockholm—including the harbor, Gamla stan (old town), Riddarfjärden, and Djurgården—Gondolen’s trendy cocktail bar is perfect for unwinding with a glass of red...
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Drottninggatan 45, 111 21 Stockholm, Sweden
While many clubs and bars readily serve alcohol and hard liquor, it’s more challenging for you to just buy a bottle off the shelf at a store. The government heavily regulates the sale of alcohol and hard liquor, so you must buy liquor from one of...
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Nytorgsgatan 27, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden
You may be surprised to learn that even in the cold of winter they do sunny, California-style, surf-inspired retail quite well in Stockholm. (Perhaps it is because they do all retail very well in Stockholm or because the balance of the population...
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Östermalmstorg, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Östermalms Saluhall is one of Stockholm's most famous markets. While the prices aren't cheap, since 1888 the market has been where those looking for the very best fish, meat, and produce shop. For most travelers in Stockholm, it provides a good...
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Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm's main amusement park offers enough hair-standing, lung-screaming, twisting and free-falling rides to keep you entertained for the whole day. Gröna Lund is definitely popular among both locals and visitors. It has over 30 rides and...
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Riddargatan 6, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm is a very expensive place to come on vacation. At about $8 a beer and something just as crazy for food, I did manage to find a relatively inexpensive place to eat. THis is the Corner Bar Restaurant which is actually located at vasterlang...
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Drottninggatan 6, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
We did not know what to expect of an Irish pub in Stockholm and when I saw Pickwick’s walnut stained interior, long bar trimmed with brass, felt green tinted accents, I wondered if Sam Malone was going to pull me a pint and whether the bar would...
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There is an outdoor bar spot on Södermalm, Stockholm's southern island, that sits high above the city allowing some incredible panoramic views of the rest of the city. From the city, get off at the first metro stop in Södermalm, walk up Götgatan,...
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Västerlånggatan 24, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
If you're looking for authentic Swedish souvenirs in Stockholm, head to Gamla Stan, the city's picturesque old town. Skip all the shops selling identical merchandise, much of it made in China, and stop at Trångt & Trevligt. Seven local artists...
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Centrumslingan 14, 171 45 Solna, Sweden
Few things in Stockholm are affordable—even the public transportation system (Tunnelbana), a smart budget move in most other cities, here costs more than you might expect. With this in mind, turn your commute into a destination of its own and...
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Hötorget, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden
Whenever I hit the center of town, I usually swing by Hötorget (Haymarket Square) to take in rows and rows of vividly colored fresh fruit and vegetables. And on days when I feel like breaking into my tiny savings account, I opt for one or two...
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Stortorget 7, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
A mixology bar located in Gamla stan's main square, Pharmarium is housed in the very building that was Sweden's first pharmacy in 1575. Its cocktail menu is composed of seasonal ingredients and traditional medicinal herbs. Think tons of gin and...
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Sveavägen 107, 113 50 Stockholm, Sweden
A must-do for anyone fond of licorice. Huge tasty selection and wonderfully helpful staff. Don't miss the many choices of salty licorice.
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Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm, Sweden
Industrialization came late to Sweden, which may explain why locals have retained a love for traditional crafts. Come here for well-priced goods made from natural materials—everything from scrubbing brushes and birdhouses to bread boards and table...
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Fjäderholmarna, Sweden
A 25-minute ferry ride from Slussen takes you to Fjäderholmarna (the Feather Islands) where you can sample slowed-down archipelago living. Once on the island, there are several artisan shops like Krukmakeri, which makes pottery, and Åtta Glas,...
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N2956 Anker Ln, Stockholm, WI 54769, USA
Imagine dozens of people sprawled out across the lawn of a quaint farm in the rolling hills of Wisconsin, blankets littered with salads, fruit, cheese, chips...and pizza, wood fired pizza topped with fresh produce, produce freshly harvested from...
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Folkungagatan, Stockholm, Sweden
To while away time, you can go people-watching and vintage shopping in Stockholm’s answer to New York’s SoHo—South of Folkungagatan, called “SoFo” on Södermalm ("Söder" to locals). This busy bohemian district boasts some of the edgiest cultural...
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Nybrokajen, Stockholm, Sweden
Ferries such as Strömma Kanalbolaget and Waxholmsbolaget regularly shuttle travelers around some of Stockholm's 28,000 archipelago islands. Stromma’s 1931 steamboat SS Stockholm has a brunch cruise that runs every weekend. It's a three-hour...
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Vasaplan 4, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
A visit to Stockholm is not complete without a night spent at the Absolut Ice Bar. Yes, this is very touristy and you can find one of these in almost every major European city, but Sweden is the land of Absolut vodka, and some time spent in the...
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Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm, Sweden
There's a strong coffee culture in Stockholm coupled with a tradition called "fika," where one shares multiple daily coffee-and-pastry breaks with family, friends, and colleagues. Head over to award-winning Vete-Katten on Kungsgatan to dig into...
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Fisktorget 4, 411 20 Göteborg, Sweden
Feskekörka means "the fish church" and is a fitting name for the indoor fish market, built in 1874, that houses all the glimmering delicacies of the sea. (The name is also an example of typical Gothenburg humor—playing with words and...
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Stockholm, Sweden
August is definitely the month for crawfish (crayfish) parties all over Sweden, and it’s also a great opportunity to hang with friends, sing indecipherable songs, and down some tasty adult beverages. Many restaurants and cruises offer...
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Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
In a city known for clean lines, Stockholm’s Södermalm district (“Söder” to locals) is surprisingly nonconformist. A slum in the 18th century, the neighborhood is now home to a mix of clothing and furniture shops; Thai, Greek, and Turkish...
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0150 Oslo, Norway
Discover some of Oslo’s most important history at this medieval fortress and castle overlooking the city’s fjord approach. Built in the late 1290s by King Haakon V to protect the city from invasion, the complex has been in continuous...
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Touted as Oslo’s newest fashionable district, this onetime 19th-century industrial area has developed into a must-see destination. Many former factories now house inventive new businesses, microbreweries, clothing shops, dive bars and cool cafés....
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Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway
This small museum houses 3 unearthed Viking Ships and I found the history fascinating. I didn’t realize that the Viking burial ceremony was similar to the Egyptians. Their belief was that the dead needed food and drink (2 oxen were killed and...
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Pløens Gate 4, 0181 Oslo, Norway
Food lovers must make the trek to this indoor market to enjoy everything from reindeer sausage to sushi paired with local beer.
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Bogstadveien, Oslo, Norway
Norway's longest shopping street, Bogstadveien, runs from the Royal Palace to Majorstuen, and boasts some 300 shops and cafés. Many of them are local to the area, but many will be recognisable to tourists as well. This bustling street is always...
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Skovveien 29, 0257 Oslo, Norway
A small local jeweler, Skovveien Gull, Sølv & Diamanter is located in Skovveien, right behind the Royal Palace. It prides itself in not being part of a chain, and treating the profession in an old-school manner - the staff are trained jewelers and...