The Rock Church or Temppeliaukio Kirkko – Helsinki

The Rock Church - an interesting piece of modern architecture: Temppeliaukio Kirkko is more commonly known by its English name The Rock Church or Church in the Rock. It was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their … [Read more...]

The Sibelius Monument – Helsinki

A Controversial Monument in Honour of Sibelius, Finland's Famous Composer: One of Helsinki's famous landmarks is the Sibelius Monument which was built to honour Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Who would have thought that the erection of a monument to honour a famous … [Read more...]

Bergen – Famous for its Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Norway's first capital city and a town Famous for Its Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf: Bergen is a city best known for its Hanseatic heritage. The Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to the days when Bryggen was a major Hanseatic trading centre. The city of Bergen … [Read more...]

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

The Saga of the Helgeland Mountains: Fifteen minutes after our ship departed from Sandnessjøen, we see the mountain range referred to as the "Seven Sisters". In summer, the waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord are the most photographed as no less than seven waterfalls descend into the fjord. The … [Read more...]

Petter Dass – a Poet and a Priest

Alstahaug's Famous Son: In Sandnessjøen town centre is the portly statue of Petter Dass, a poet and a priest who played a key role in Norway's cultural history. Petter Dass lived and worked in the borough of  Alstahaug for 18 years and is one of the prominent figures who brought fame to the … [Read more...]

Taken for a Ride – a Kicksled Ride!

A Winter Substitute for Bicycles: Sometimes it can be nice to be taken for a ride, especially when it's your cruise director taking you on a ride on a kicksled. On the way to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, we saw a few locals kicksledding their way on the road. It seems like a very nice way to travel, … [Read more...]

Bergen Fish Market

A Seafood Lover's Delight: This place is a seafood lover's delight and when the market is in full operation there is an abundance of market stalls selling all kinds of seafood that Norway is famous for. The Bergen Fish Market is a popular place for visitors and locals to buy snacks to have on … [Read more...]

Hurtigruten Cruise: A King Crab Adventure

Hunting for King Crabs on the Hurtigruten Cruise: A King Crab Safari is one of the optional tours offered by Hurtigruten on its Norwegian Coastal Cruise. This excursion offers passengers a unique experience of watching the guides go ice fishing to catch the largest and freshest King Crabs in the … [Read more...]

Nordkapphallen, a Visitor Centre at the Edge of the World

Visiting the North Cape Hall or Nordkapphallen Day 6 of our Hurtigruten cruise and our coach from Honningsvåg drops us off at the North Cape Hall or Nordkapphallen, a visitor centre with very modern facilities. The North Cape Hall was built inside the mountain and from here you have a … [Read more...]

Kjeungskjær Lighthouse – One of the Most Beautiful

Hurtigruten Cruise: Kjeungskjær is One of the Most Distinctive Lighthouses: Two hours forty minutes after our cruise departs Trondheim, we come across Kjeungskjær Lighthouse which is located on a small rock beyond Ørlandet. This lighthouse, or "fyr" in Norwegian, is considered to be one of the … [Read more...]