Oslo

 Rick

Heggholmen Lighthouse

Heggholmen Lighthouse

Heggholmen Lighthouse (Norwegian: Heggholmen fyr) is a coastal lighthouse located in the Oslofjord, in the municipality of Oslo. It was established in 1827, and automated in 1972. The lighthouse was listed as a protected site in 1998. Heggholmen is owned and operated by Oslo Port Authority and has Protected Status under the Cultural Heritage Act. […]

 Rick

Kavringen Lighthouse, Oslo harbor

Kavringen Lighthouse, Oslo harbor

Kavringen Lighthouse Established 1892 and still active. 13 m (43 ft) octagonal wood tower with an unusual wood lantern topped by a spire. Tower painted white with one narrow red horizontal band; lantern is brown. Focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting in groups of three Located […]

 Rick

Lille Herbern, Oslo harbor restaurant

Lille Herbern, Oslo harbor restaurant

Lille Herbern Lille Herbern is a pretty islet in the Olsofjord. It  lies just south of Bygdøy peninsula on the western side of Olso, and is within eyeshot of Dyna Lighthouse a little to the west.  Lille Herbern restaurant has been continuously feeding guests since 1929. This makes it one of the oldest restaurants in […]

 Michael

From Oslo to Kråkenes Lighthouse by bus

From Oslo to Kråkenes Lighthouse by bus

Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is reporting from her four-week journey from Oslo to Kråkenes Lighthouse, Ulvesund Lighthouse, Ryvarden Lighthouse, Stavanger, Sognvaar Lighthouse, and Homborsund Lighthouse, and then back to Oslo again.A map of her first leg of this trip, from Oslo to Kråkenes, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Traveling to Kråkenes Lighthouse at Stadt, is done best by car. However, you can also travel to Bergen by train or plane and then take the ferry or sail on a Hurtigruten ship from Bergen to Måløy. If you are in Bergen and are in a hurry, or want […]

 Rick

Dyna Lighthouse, fine dining in Oslo harbor

Dyna Lighthouse, fine dining in Oslo harbor

Dyna Lighthouse Dyna Lighthouse (Norwegian: Dyna fyr) is in Oslo harbor just off the Bygdøy peninsula. It was built in 1875 and automated in 1956. It stands 40.6 feet (12.4 meters) tall. It was built on a rock about 220 yards (200 meters) off the coast of Bygdøy,  about 2 miles (3 km) west of downtown […]

 Sigrid

Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

I had been invited to visit Molja Lighthouse in Ålesund and Kjeungskjær Lighthouse outside Ørland, and chose to take the opportunity and get to know more of Norway by traveling by train, bus, and speedboat ferries. For two decades I have been traveling all over the world. One of my favorite ways of traveling is by train. I have always felt at home on a train. I get to have my own seat. It always says so on my ticket. It is like a “welcome, we have reserved a place only for you” feeling that gives me a sense of home. This space is for me. It’s my seat. My home for some hours. (Article continues after the photo gallery.)

Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. The train takes you where you usually don’t get to go. It runs on its tracks where no car can follow. It is as if I am getting a break from the road. No traffic, no honking, and it doesn’t matter if I want to text someone. I can. Traveling […]

 Rick

Events and festivals near lighthouses

Events and festivals near lighthouses

Norwegians love the summertime. The long hours of sunlight due to the high latitudes encourage people to get out and stay out late.

From the southern coast all the way up to the farthest north, there are music, dance, and art events. There are regattas, film festivals, speed boat shows, food festivals, etc., etc., etc. Following is a list – just a sampling – of some of these festivals, focusing somewhat on events that take place at or near […]

 Michael

Færdern – Færder Regatta

Færdern – Færder Regatta

Photos: KNS/Helly Hansen and Wikipedia Annual regatta from Oslo to Horten. The Fæder Regatta is one of the world’s biggest overnight regattas. From its inception in 1947, with seven boats competing, the regatta has grown considerably and in 2012 more than 1000 boats and 4–5,000 sailors will participate. The Færder race fleet range from 100-year-old wooden […]

 Ken

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 […]