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

SMILE

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reine, Lofoten, Norway

In the western part of Lofoten, at the mouth of Reinefjord, lies the fishing village of Reine, where the majestic Lofoten peaks and the Artic Ocean are our next-door neighbours.

In the summer you will enjoy the long days and the Midnight Sun and in the winter the short days with spectacular weather and the Northern Lights.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Evening fire

“Money is like fire. It is only good when there's just the right amount of it, when it's properly contained and under your control.”

City of Solvang, California




Solvang (Danish for 'sunny field') is a beautiful little city nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teacher.
Solvang now is a diverse, modern city, with fine restaurants, lovely shops and outstanding activities to enchant young and old alike.There are Danish festivals, quiet tree lined streets, horse drawn wagons, Hans Christian Andersen Park, windmills, Danish pastries and dozens of quaint shops to explore. Solvang was incorporated as a city on May 1, 1985 and now has a population of approximately 5,283.