5 Summertime Adventures in Arctic Norway

Sep 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

I first visited the Arctic in winter in February, when the whites and blues of the fjords were dazzling in detail. The whoosh of the powdery silver snow hit our faces as we traveled behind the howling, happy sled dogs. Recently I went back in the summer and got to experience a whole new side of the destination. From surfing to visiting the oldest pub in Northern Norway and kissing wolves, here are five summertime adventures to enjoy while in the Arctic.

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Surfing the Perfect Arctic Wave

Jul 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The meaning of luxury is expanding as time evolves; and the most recent shift has consumers craving experiential travel versus material possessions. They’re looking to see pink Dolphins on an Amazon river cruise, go diving in Fiji, or surfing in Unstad, a cold water area above the Arctic Circle, where you can actually surf under the midnight sun or Northern Lights.

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Going Where the Sun Never Sets & Never Rises

Apr 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you think you may die in your lifetime, don't make plans to move to Svalbard, Norway. Because dying is against the law. Yep, it's illegal to pass onto the afterlife there. Since bodies never decompose when buried, the town’s small graveyard can’t afford to house White Walkers deceased bodies anymore. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) when it comes to Svalbard’s most interesting facts.

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A Star is Born: Viking Cruises Celebrates the Launch of the World's Newest Luxury Ship

Jun 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Marking the first new cruise ship line to launch in a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises has just christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The ceremony was held in the ship’s homeport of Bergen, Norway as part of a citywide celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day. 

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Hurtigruten's Norway Coastal Voyages Gives You Optimal Viewing of the Northern Lights

Oct 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Covering ground, sea and air, Hurtigruten has released a collection of travel packages called Norway Coastal Voyages that will set guests up above the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. These nine- and 10-day itineraries include six- or seven-day voyages through Norway, roundtrip flights from Newark (with additional cities available at an additional cost), all transfers before and after the cruise, and two one-night hotel stays.

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Where Dreams and Reality Collide: Norway's Krystall Hotel to be a Floating Snowflake

Sep 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Possibly straight out of our childhood dreams, the upcoming 86-room Krystall Hotel shaped like a snowflake will be making its way onto the waters of the fjords of Tromsø, Norway come December 2016. Located in the arctic circle, the hotel will be the perfect viewing spot for the Aurora Borealis which can be viewed upward through rooms' glass ceilings.

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From Oslo to Bergen: Following in the Footsteps of Norway's Great Artists

Sep 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen  |  1 Comment

For such a small country (it only has about five million people), Norway has a phenomenally robust arts heritage. That legacy dates back well before the filigreed jewelry and impressive ships of the Vikings that once farmed the land and roamed the waters to a cadre of world-famous masters in various artistic fields at the turn of the century who helped shaped the country into what it is today.

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On Hurtigrurten in February: A Norwegian Voyage Into The Mystic

Jun 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

"Hark, now hear the sailors cry/Smell the sea and feel the sky/Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic,” Van Morrison wrote these lyrics back in the 1970s, and those same words, “into the mystic,” followed me like a determined seagull on the Hurtigruten Midnatsol voyage I took this past February.

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A Medieval Past, Gothic-Style Architecture & Aquavit Liquor Are All Part of Trondheim's Charm

Apr 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Terri Marshall

Renowned for its majestic mountains, fabulous fjords and rugged beauty, Norway has attracted adventure lovers for years. While the country’s landscape is truly a treasure, the cities of Norway offer a blend of culture, luxury and extraordinary cuisine.

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Explore the Arctic Norway on a Private Superyacht & Jet for $300K+

Mar 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Chapman Freeborn, the world’s leading air charter specialist, is collaborating with EYOS Expeditions, the yachting adventure firm, on an ultra-luxurious 10-night tour of Norway’s natural arctic wonders. The over USD $300,000 private getaway, designed for 12 people, starts in Bodo and ends in Svalbard. 

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Chef Christopher Haatuft and Lysverket: Forging Innovative Culinary Trends in Norway

Aug 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Located within a historic building previously known to have housed city power and light company, Lysverket and can be found in Bergen, Norway, in what is now the Bergen Art Museum. The fine dining establishment is one of the few in the world that resides inside a major art museum. That alone is fairly unusual, but the culinary creations, presentation, and environment of this restaurant is what really warrants a closer look.... Read More

Norway's Modern Fare Has Come A Long Way From Its Humble Beginnings

Aug 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

My neighbor, in her seventies, has been an inveterate traveler all her life. When I told her I was going to Norway she said, “Well, take things to eat from home. All you will get there is underdone fishy fish, covered in cream sauces.” I said I would heed her advice and take (as usual on my travels) some protein bars, pumpkin seeds and a large bottle of antacid tablets.... Read More

Hurtigruten's "Autumn Gold" Program Packs Even More Norwegian Culture Into Cruises

Jun 26, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The summer season might’ve just kicked off, but Hurtigruten is already gearing up for their fall cruises. The recently introduced “Autumn Gold” program is offering even more incentive to sail the 1,490-mile-long Norwegian coastline with the experienced freight and passenger vessels. On the six-, seven-, eleven- and twelve-day itineraries, the ships will stop at 34 ports along the scenic route from Bergen and Kirkenes, and feature new culinary, cultural and musical treats along the way.... Read More

The Twists and Turns of Norway's White House

Jun 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

JVA Architects built the White House from simple materials (like concrete and oak paneling) and while it has little in common with the historic presidential White House in Washington, D.C., this single family home definitely has cleaner lines. Found in Strand, Norway, the 2,100-square-foot home is set on the Oslo Fjord in the middle of a wooded suburban area.... Read More

8 Ideal Destinations for the Solo Traveler

Jun 14, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Traveling alone has many more pros than it does cons. You don’t have to work around anyone’s schedule but your own, you get to choose your every meal, and you get all the glory of your travel triumphs (and the hilarity of your mistakes) all to yourself.... Read More

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