Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

Norwegian join New Year's Day icy dip trend

Norwegian are known as dedicated followers of fashion and one trend increasing in popularity is to bring in the New Year with a bracing swim, a tradition popular in the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Canada.

Anyone seeking to revive their deadened senses after New Year celebrations can pick one of a number of locations around the country where local "polar bear" clubs organize what in the Netherlands is known as a "Niewjaarsduik".
Winter swimming is a popular past-time in many countries, not least in Russia, where on January 19th Christ's baptism is celebrated and revellers jump into one of the numerous holes bored through ice-covered rivers.
In Canada, thousands habitually brave the cold on New Year's Day with a so-called polar bear dip, a tradition which is often associated with charity fundraisers.
While not necessary known for their harsh winters, the Dutch are apparently the best known for their dedication to the pursuit of the New Year's Day dip. 2014 was something of a record year as 46,000 folks took a the plunge at 125 beaches across the country.

Early in the morning

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A-ha! The super-group is back!

One of Norway's most famous pop bands, A-ha, will reunite this summer for their 30th anniversary.

The band will play a concert in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

A-ha stated in a press release the Norwegian trio will be reunited and they will be one of the headline acts at the Rock in Rio festival.

Both A-ha and Rock in Rio were founded in 1985. Both celebrate their 30th anniversaries in 2015.

A-ha performed in Brazil for the first time at the festival in 1991. They played to 198,000 fans at the Maracanã stadium, which at that time was a world record for the number of tickets sold for a music concert.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Norway best prepared in the world for climate change

Norway is the best prepared country in the world to cope with and combat climate change, said a study.
The survey by the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in the US, revealed that Norway is the envy of environmentalists everywhere when it comes to handling climate change.

Every year the university ranks countries according to how exposed they are to extreme weather, natural catastrophes, and how well equipped these countries are to handling the related challenges.

The accolade is perhaps of less merit to the Scandinavian nation this year as Norway has been at the top of the list for almost 20 years.

Norway's long coastline and high mountains has made weather and climate influence Norwegians’ everyday lives for a millennia - and it still does. Norway has therefore great experience with handling extreme weather.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Northern Lights; magic on the night sky!

A light-footed dance, billowing curtains, arches and ribbons in a supernatural green colour. On occasion, the sky explodes into a kaleidoscope of green, white, pink and violet for a seemingly endless second.
Down on solid ground, we pinch ourselves and ask whether we did actually see what we just saw. Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to watch the Northern Lights. I was born up there a long time ago. It is not far from The North Pole.

What are the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are born on the Sun. Electrically charged particles are catapulted off the surface of the Sun in the aftermath of powerful solar storms. Some of these particles travel towards Earth. When they reach the planet, they are conducted along the protective magnetic fields towards the magnetic North and South Poles. 
In a ring-shaped pattern around the magnetic poles, the particles encounter the upper layers of the atmosphere. In a process identical to the one that occurs inside a fluorescent light, energy is released as light that we can observe from the Earth. Most Northern Lights “displays” take place at a height of around 100 km above the Earth’s surface.

What do they look like?
The Northern Lights appear in a range of shapes: as billowing “curtains”, as undulating ribbons and as rolling banks of smoke.
They are usually bright electric green in colour, often with a slim pink stripe on one side. Occasionally, the Northern Lights explode in a corona, with rays shooting in all directions across the entire sky in shades of green, violet, white and pink.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First snow hits higlands last night

Last night we were very fortunate to catch the first dusting of snow in the southern Highlands of Norway. This is a surreal landscape to begin with, and in the brief window accompanying the first showers it assumes an even more other-worldy mien before settling into an all-white featureless cloak for the rest of the winter.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

NORWAY - A Time-Lapse Adventure

NORWAY - A Time-Lapse Adventure from Rustad Media on Vimeo. This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Where is my tail?

Burglars in Norway steal horses' tails.
Five horses got their tails cut off during a burglary at a riding school.
It is an assault and animal abuse. I cannot understand how anyone could do something like this. I just don't understand how another human being can make themselves do anything like it. It is pure devilry.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Foggy morning

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Baby on cliff edge shocks.

Photo: Fred Sirevåg
A hillwalker in one of Norway's most popular tourist spots captured the chilling moment a baby was left to pose for his parents just centimeters from death.

The man who took the picture was upset as he saw the shocking family scene on his way up the Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) in Forsand, South Norway. He witnessed the baby's parents and family photographing the baby crawling along the edge of a steep cliff with a drop of over 600 metres.

The Pulpit Rock is the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, Southern Norway. It is 604 metres above the Lysefjord and is a flat mountain plateau, around 600 square metres. The plateau was historically known as Hyvlatånnå ("planed tooth").

Friday, September 12, 2014

What is a mushroom?

It could be easy to think of a mushroom as a vegetable since they're often cooked into classic dishes like stir-fry with other vegetables. In the process of identifying wild mushrooms it's important to know that a mushroom is actually a fungus, not a vegetable.
What most people think of as a mushroom is actually just the "fruit" of a much larger organism that includes the thread like underground "roots" called mycelium.

There are many gifts to making friends with wild mushrooms. Let's start with the immediate joy and pleasure of eating them. There are a variety of mushrooms all with different flavors and earthy aromas and every succulent bite tastes delish!

The satisfaction of discovery, the skillful finesse of using our senses to identify wild mushrooms, and the emotional connection we cultivate with nature is worth so much more than buying them at the store.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My favorite sport is running

My favorite sport is running, and it is like a stress reliever. I really enjoy the outdoors, but I don't like winter and cold weather.

Friday, August 15, 2014


“If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is.”