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Travel tip: stay in a hostel

Travel tip: stay in a hostel

Vacationers to Norway are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodations options, from elegant urban hotels to lighthouses, tretop huts, ice hotels, and spartan seaside fishermen’s cottages. But in a country where costs – including all types of lodging, luxe and less so – can run relatively high, booking a hostel stay makes considerable […]

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Slideshow: Cruising Norway’s coasts

Slideshow: Cruising Norway’s coasts

A pictorial plying of Norway's sights -- seaborne, landlocked and in between -- from the decks of Hurtigruten's "Midnight Sun"

Slideshow: Cruising Norway’s coasts (via treKKen’) Norway is one of my favorite — and favored — destinations. I am, in general, a fan of Scandinavia, my fascination with the region dating back to a childhood love of Swedish pop group Abba. When I began my career as a travel journalist and editor, all five Scandinavian countries (okay, […]

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Norway’s forgotten Oslofjord comes into its own

Norway’s forgotten Oslofjord comes into its own

In a land most noted for its fjords – those spectacular, mountain-ringed coastal inlets carved out eons ago by Ice Age glaciers – there is one such body of water conspicuously absent from most Norwegian cruise-line and tour-operator itineraries.

By Kenneth Kiesnoski, Travel Weekly magazine Plainly speaking, the Oslofjord – despite sharing a name with Norway’s capital – gets little or no respect, at least from the trade. True, visitors to the fjord, which extends south from Oslo’s harbor to the Skagerrak (the strait that separates lower Norway from Sweden), won’t find the towering cliffs and […]