Stave churches – and a rant

I've been meaning to write about stave churches here on Sophie's World for a while now. Years, actually; waiting until I had seen the oldest of them all: Urnes. Somehow, I thought that one was needed. Well, in this corona-dominated summer - or early autumn [...]

2020-10-30T00:08:27+00:0030 October 2020|Idle musings, Norway, UNESCO World Heritage|

Hiking Pulpit Rock, Norway (Day out Stavanger)

Norway has stunning nature. I say that entirely objectively (ok, not really. But still!) Excellent hikes abound just about everywhere you turn, all around the country. You'll also find some iconic rock formations. The three most famous in the south-western part of the country include: [...]

2020-08-27T12:17:10+01:0021 June 2020|Daytrip, Hikes and walks, Norway|

Winter in the city of Northern Lights

Ever wanted to see the Aurora Borealis, that technicolour freak show of nature, also known as the Northern Lights? Well, you might need to be patient. And, if unlike Bill Bryson, you don't have 16 days to wait for the fickle Aurora, you'll be glad [...]

Snowmobiling in the Arctic (Day out Alta)

After a night in an ice hotel, what could be more logical than spending a day on a snowmobile? Let's dig right in. We're going with the good folks at Gargia Lodge, just outside of Alta up in the northernmost part of Norway, well above [...]

2020-08-27T13:21:20+01:0025 February 2020|Adventure and sports, Daytrip, Norway|

Sorrisniva igloo hotel: transient icy charm

We haven't talked about quirky sleeps for a while here. Time to remedy that. And what's quirkier than a hotel that exists only temporarily? Built when winter arrives and slowly melts away into nonexistence when spring makes its presence felt. Then the process is repeated [...]

2020-02-25T20:43:44+00:0019 February 2020|hotels & lodgings, Norway|
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