Camp with the wolves in the snow at this wildlife centre in Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 August 2015

Most wolf sanctuaries only allow you to interact with wolves from behind a fence. At Norway’s Polar Park, visitors can get up close with these majestic animals and spend the night in their enclosure in something the wildlife centre calls a ‘Howl Night’.

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 August 2015

On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole, you’ll find a massive vault blasted into the rock base of Mount Plateau. This vault is situated in permafrost at a constant 3-4 degrees Celcius below zero and stretches a total area of 1,000 square metres. The reason? To preserve plant seeds that are duplicate samples of seeds held in gene banks around the world.

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This Norwegian hotel has a floor dedicated to single ladies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Oslo’s Grand Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Norway. It’s where the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize resides every year to receieve an ovation on the balcony (in the Nobel Suite) and it’s also where writer Henrik Ibsen used to eat every single day. But what really sets this hotel apart from the rest is their ladies floor. 

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Breathtaking footage of reindeer being herded in icy Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Sunday 26 July 2015

We’ve seen some pretty incredible drone footage lately but nothing quite like the footage of reindeer herding in Norway!

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The beauty of Iceland and Norway captured in miniature form

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 January 2015

The video is called The Little Nordics and it was captured by DAMP Design’s Martijn Doolaard. Showing beautiful scenes of incredible fjords, kayak cruises, winding roads, and ferries sailing back and forth, this short video was recorded during Doolaard’s exploration of Norway and Iceland, in places such as Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien, and Trollstigen.

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Man dives into frozen lake to rescue drowning duck

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Saturday 20 December 2014

It’s the middle of winter in Norway. Everything is snow-capped and frozen. When this 36-year-old Norwegian man saw a duck trapped beneath a lake’s surface, he immediately swam to the rescue. Entering into the frigid waters, Lars Jørun Langøien broke the ice and grabbed the duck from his doom. After escaping the frozen lake, Lars […]

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In a town in Norway, people are being paid to ride a bike to work rather than drive

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By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Thursday 23 October 2014

In many countries it’s commonplace to charge motorists a toll to use certain roads, but what about paying money to cyclists as an incentive to go car-free? That’s exactly what happened recently in Lillestrøm, Norway a few weeks ago. Pedestrians and bike-users were pulled over and handed 100 Kroner (approximately $15) while drivers were ignored.

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Norway’s first child marriage will cause you to take action

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 10 October 2014

Meet Thea, a 12-year-old girl from Norway who (many think) is to be married to her 37-year-old fiance, Geir. In her blog, Theas Bryllup (‘Thea’s Wedding’ in Norwegian), Thea details every step in the lead up to her marriage this month, from the dress she’ll wear to the cake the newly married couple will cut together at their reception.

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Norwegian boy gets a McDonald’s receipt as a tattoo

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 29 March 2014

This is customer loyalty at its finest. Stian Ytterdahl from Lorenskog, Norway, will never ever forget what he had for lunch at McDonald’s last Monday, because he had the receipt details tattooed on his right arm. Asked by his friends to choose between sticking a Barbie up his ass and getting inked, he chose the latter (as I would probably too). The dare was supposedly a punishment for being too smitten with the ladies (kids these days).

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Hate airport taxis? Hop on the world’s first dog sled taxi service

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 7 February 2014

If you’re headed to Norway, you can immediately experience the local culture right after you step out of the airport and grab a cab. A different kind of cab, that is. The Kirkenes Snowhotel offers a quirky and adventurous way of getting from the airport to their front door: the world’s first dog sled taxi […]

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Frozen waterfall in Norway captured in colourful glory

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By Zlatan in New Photography on Tuesday 24 December 2013

To create these stunning effects, photographer Thomas Senf set multi-coloured spotlights on different parts of the frozen waterfall to capture the two climbers in resplendent colour. The action took place in Eidfjord, near the city of Bergen, Norway, where the waterfalls reach more than 500 meters in height. Just mind-blowing, really.

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Severed human hands for dinner: a joke in poor taste

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Looks like Norway went all out for Halloween this year. And the Europris grocery store in Norway took things a little too far. Shortly after they began selling fake severed human hands in the meat aisle, customers (specifically, mother’s of young children) began to complain that the product was “creepy”.

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Norwegian variety show duo ask: ‘what does the fox say?’

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Film on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Ylvis is a variety show duo from Norway and is composed of brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker. Together in their new music video entitled The Fox, they ask the question we’ve all encountered in our lives: what does the fox say? Obviously, the cow goes moo, the dog goes woof, the cat goes meow, and […]

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Whales are becoming extinct, so are the whalers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 4 July 2013

‘It’s the whalers who are headed for extinction,” observed Roff Smithr in National Geographic of Norway’s seafaring Lofoten Islands, where the scene is fast changing as the next generation of Norwegian kids don’t want to carry on the family business. The feature came with equally evocative photographs by Marcus Bleasdale.

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Paintings by Norwegian artist Linnea Vestre

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By Linnea Vestre in New Art on Thursday 23 May 2013

In my paintings, I combine the figurative and non-figurative to create a world that can only exist in a painting. I want to tell a story, visualize a feeling, or capture a certain atmosphere that can move the viewer. Sometimes the process is as important as the picture itself. The painting Mistranslation is based on […]

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