Artsy Oslo-Art and architecture shine along the fjord in Norway’s capital

By Katherine Rodeghier It’s a cow all right. White with black spots, a calf sliced open head to tail, preserved with Formaldehyde and suspended in a clear case, its innards revealed for all to see. Animal lovers might freak, but this passes for art in an edgy museum in the toniest neighborhood of Oslo. Shocking, perhaps, but not nearly as OMG as Damien Hirst’s other installation nearby. “Adam and Eve Exposed” depicts a man and woman on …

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A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage to be shown on dozens of PBS stations, reaching more than 80% of U.S. homes

A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage is a film that takes viewers on an 1,100-mile odyssey, showing off Norway’s spectacularly scenic west coast and describing the country’s 120-year history of coastal ferry service, vital to the people living along the 34-port route.  The film follows a sailing aboard the 451-berth MS Nordnorge, one of 11 Hurtigruten ships that make the 12-day round trip between the cosmopolitan city of Bergen and Kirkenes, on Russia’s border high above …

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Hurtigruten adds The Hjørundfjord to its award-winning Norwegian Coastal Voyage starting in 2013

For the first time in two decades, award-winning Hurtigruten, which has run voyages along the Norwegian coast since 1893, is expanding its operating area.  The Hjørundfjord, one of the most long-standing and stunning fjords in Norway, will become a part of “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” on all Hurtigruten ships traveling the west coast of Norway between September 1 and October 31 starting in 2013. Situated in the Sunnmørsalps, this fjord stretches 35 kilometers as it cuts …

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Our final day on board the MS Nordlys and a stopover in Oslo

August 16, 2012 DISEMBARKING THE MS NORDLYS — Hurtigruten calls their Norwegian cruise “the world’s most beautiful voyage.” They’ll get no argument from me. Whether or not true, it’s sad to leave our cozy little cabin on the fifth level of the ship and the lounge with its expansive views of mountains and fjords. Not to mention the restaurant – which last night produced a farewell buffet with a dizzying array of seafood and other offerings. These …

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It was a memorable day…I had gone to the end of the earth

August 15, 2012  ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS – I woke up this morning at 7:10,  the grey light of dawn filling my cabin.  At least that’s what time I thought it was as I looked at my watch. But when I looked again, I discovered I’d made a little mistake. Actually, it was 3 a.m. Weird business, this land of the midnight sun.  As of the summer solstice on June 21 up here in northern Norway, the …

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How often do you get to paddle in Arctic waters and live to tell about it?

August 14, 2012  ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS  — King Neptune baptized me this morning. Dressed in a flowing black gown and carrying a gold trident, his long grey beard blowing in the wind, he appeared on the stern of the seventh deck after being summoned by the tour director three times. He was there to welcome us to the Arctic, assure us of his protection, and dispense cloudberry liqueur in little shot glasses –- but only after …

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We cross the Arctic Circle, but the temps are still quite pleasant

August 13, 2012 ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS – I am no longer an Arctic Circle virgin. Just as ships in South America used to make you walk the plank when you first crossed the Equator, there is a ceremony up here given by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas, to mark our very first crossing of the Arctic circle. Ours will take place tomorrow because we are all dividing up and leaving the ship to go …

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Words cannot describe the incredible beauty of sailing into a pristine and massive fjord…

August 11, 2012 ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS — It was like having my mother onboard. She was standing at the door as we came up the gangplank of the Hurtigruten ship last night at the start of our Norwegian cruise. We expected the usual safety lecture on how to put our life jackets on, but we didn’t realize we’d have to wash our hands before stepping aboard the MS Nordlys. Two hours later when we arrived at …

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The many “F” words that describe Bergen, Norway

August 10, 2012 BERGEN, NORWAY — “There are three ‘F’ words that describe Bergen,* our guide, Jim Paton , told us this morning at the start of our tour. It turns out he was referring to “fish, fire and fijords.” Before the day was out he told us a lot about the first two. Tomorrow we’ll get to the third. Over the years, Bergen’s wooden buildings have been ravaged by numerous fires. As you walk around town …

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Norway and Svalbard & Land of the Ice Bears

DAY 1 – Oslo, Norway.  More Than 21  million children. A staggering number-when you realize we’re talking children who are refugees in  today’s  world. Half  the people on the run from war and conflict are children. And they are especially vulnerable  of being kidnapped, exploited  or forced to become  child soldiers. Welcome to an excellent exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, where an amazing interactive exhibit for children about refugees– Nansen and I–  has …

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