Scandinavia for kids – Norway

Scandinavia_with_kids_028Norway is one of the richest countries in the world. And if you discount the tiny city states that preceed it in the rankings, it is the richest country in the world. But in Norway this wealth is hardly visible on the street. It is hidden in all kinds of benefits to society, like pension funds, road maintenance, airports, hospitals and schools. Most of this wealth is created by oil, which is almost entirely sold to other countries, as the country itself runs completely on clean and abundant hydroelectric power. Norway is one of the most beautiful¬†countries in Europe, but that has nothing to do with its financial wealth… Continue reading

Winterhike blog – Barents Sea Expedition 2012

Kirkenes_Norway_24Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz¬†explored the seas around the Northern tip of Norway three times, looking for the infamous northern passage to Asia. On his third journey, in 1596, he stranded in heavy sea ice on the barren island of Nova Zembla, where he ultimately perished after spending the winter in the famous ‘Behouden Huys’, made of the wreckage of his ship in 1597. In an urge to relive some of the crew’s endurance, a small Dutch expedition ventured out to Kirkenes in Northern Norway, to see the part of the Arctic Ocean named after our national 16th century hero, in the middle of the Arctic winter. Continue reading

Winterhike blog – Hardangervidda 2009

The real heroes of Telemark

NOR2009_005Noorwegen, 12 t/m 16 maart 2009 – Na enkele jaren op rij te zijn weggeblazen uit de Schotse Cairngorms werd het tijd voor een nieuwe uitdagende bestemming. De mariniers gaan er al jaren heen, dus moesten wij het ook kunnen: in de voetsporen van de ‘Real heroes of Telemark’ die in 1942 de voorraden zwaar water bij de Vemork centrale in Centraal Noorwegen opbliezen. Op 12 maart vlogen we naar een dichtbewolkt Sandefjord en kwamen van een vroege lente in een heftige winter terecht. Gelukkig werd het een prachtig lang winterweekend langs de rand van de Hardangervidda. Kijk snel! Continue reading