Wide angle: Exploring Oslo, Norway in winter

Norway’s capital, Oslo, is a city with understated appeal. Organised, clean and winter-quiet on first impression, Oslo’s small city centre offers a relaxed atmosphere and a humble blend of historic, retro and ultra modern buildings. Admittedly, before being invited to my friend’s wedding just outside of the city, I had not considered Oslo as one … More Wide angle: Exploring Oslo, Norway in winter

Norway in a nutshell: the delights of Norwegian trains, fjords & Bergen

The train bound for Bergen offers a picturesque glimpse at Norway’s natural delights. Frozen lakes wedged between icy peaks; ragged pine-lined gorges plunging to black-ribbon creeks; leafless trees like skeletons starved by winter; and colourful toy-like houses spotted across endless walls of white. We departed Oslo Sentral (Oslo S) right on 8.11am, excited for the … More Norway in a nutshell: the delights of Norwegian trains, fjords & Bergen

Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway

Flying to Tromsø, Norway for barely two days in search of the Aurora Borealis (a.k.a Northern Lights) was brazenly optimistic at best. Although the phenomena is commonly seen from this small Arctic island, especially between December and March, even the experts admit that a sighting in highly dependant on the conditions, and is by no … More Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway

Judging threat in Norway: travel advice vs. public opinion

Australians take about 6 million trips overseas each year, during which about 30,000 Australians need the assistance of an Australian consular or overseas mission, says the Australian Government travel advisory, Smartraveller. When I hear stats like this, I wonder, ‘who are these people?’ Are they  mostly those who travel to extreme destinations; places of high … More Judging threat in Norway: travel advice vs. public opinion

Five and a half things I’ve learnt about Norway

The first ‘must’ for any international adventure is enthusiasm…the second is research. No matter what your travel style – ‘wing it’, ‘nose-in-guide’ or ‘three page daily itinerary’ – there is always a need to read up about your destination (even if it’s only about how to get there). Being the book worm that I am, … More Five and a half things I’ve learnt about Norway