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Norway
Need a winter getaway, but not to get away from winter?  Try Norway.

Oslo makes an obvious base for the start and end of any trip. Three nights/three days is barely enough time to get acquainted with Norway's charming capital.  But we tried. We crammed six museum visits into one day. Yes, six. But we were still not too exhausted by day's end to be overwhelmed by the array of Munch paintings in the National Gallery.

Don't miss the chance to take advantage of Norway-in-a-Nutshell: an ingeniously choreographed way to get from Oslo to Bergen by combining a ride on a regular fast train with a narrow-gauge rail, a boat trip through a fjord (yes, even in winter - or, as we believed, especially in winter), a bus and finally another regular fast train which ultimately deposits you in the heart of Bergen.  It was a highlight on a trip filled with highlights.  

Bergen is a wonder. Blessed with an unusual spell of sunshine and springlike weather, we ventured to Edward Greig's home in Troldhaugen, just outside of Bergen.  Easily reached by public transport, then a half-hour stroll. And in February, you will have the house practically to yourself.

Flying from Bergen to Tromso is highly recommended if you are short on time - which we were. Tromso, located above the Artic Circle, was snow-covered but not numbingly cold.   Shivers, though, were reserved for our nightly quests to view the northern lights.  Cliches abound when describing the lights - awe-inspiring, magical, otherworldly. All apply.  One more item to check off our bucket list.
Date(s): February 2016. Album by David Kohl. Photos by David Kohl & Ross Rosenberg. 1 - 55 of 55 Total. 759 Visits.
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View from the Frogner House

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Oslo street view

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Entry to Vigeland Park

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Vigeland Park

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Vigeland Park

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Vigeland Park

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Vigeland Park

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Munch's The Girls on a Pier - National Gallery

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Munch's Melancholy - National Gallery

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Munch's The Dance of Life - National Gallery

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The Scream

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The Scream

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Despair

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Munch Gallery - National Gallery

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Munch Gallery - National Gallery

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Winter Night in the Mountains - Harold Sohlberg

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Street in Roros in Winter - Harold Sohlberg

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Roof of Oslo Opera House

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View from Oslo Opera House

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Interior of Oslo Opera House

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Oslo Opera House

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Urinals at Oslo Opera House

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Viking ship

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Detail of Viking ship

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Shadow cast by Viking ship

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Kon-tiki

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Map of Norway

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Inside the Flamsbana train

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Flamsbana train

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View from the Flamsbana train

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Aurlandsfjord

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Cruise ship along the Aurlandsfjord

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Naeroyfjord

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Naeroyfjord

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Bergen harbor

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Bergen waterfront

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Grieg house at Troldhaugen

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Interior of Grieg house

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Grieg and Grieg

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Grieg work cabin

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View from Grieg house

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Funicular up Mount Floyen

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Atop Mount Floyen

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Arctic Cathedral

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Interior of the Arctic Cathedral

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View from Tromso island

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Tromso

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Tromso library

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Northern lights
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Northern lights

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Northern lights

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Northern lights

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Northern lights

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