Norway News

Clearing In To Norway

by phyllis on May 17, 2017

Summer is rapidly approaching and visiting mariners are starting to arrive in Norway for another season’s voyaging in this beautiful country.


Historically, though visiting mariners in vessels less than 48-m LOA have been formally required to provide 24-hrs advance notice prior to arrival whenever possible, this requirement has largely been ignored by officers in the field.

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Pyramiden, Svalbard

by phyllis June 4, 2016

Svalbard is a fascinating place in so many ways: its history, wildlife, geology and, last but not least, its inhabitants. Anyone who chooses to live in such a remote place, which is dark for half the year, has a story to tell! Two interesting stories we intersected with during our cruise to Svalbard: Hauke Trinks, a scientist, and Marie Tieche, […]

Norway The Slow Way

by phyllis October 15, 2014

I hope you enjoy this article from the New York Times about traveling on Hurtigruten as much as I did. The piece is an interesting montage of well-written text, still photos and video, which gives a more than passing nod to the Norwegian Slow TV movement.

Den Norske Los

by phyllis March 20, 2014

Den Norske Los (DNL) is the Norwegian government sailing directions to the coast of Norway. During our two years cruising in Norway and our 10 years working on the Norwegian Cruising Guide, we have found DNL to be very useful as it contains information applicable to small vessels, not just big commercial vessels as is […]

A Bird’s Eye View of Lofoten

by phyllis January 31, 2014

For those of you who suffer from vertigo, I suggest you don’t follow this link—it’s quite a ride! For those of you who can handle aerobatics, check out this video of Lofoten from the air. (Thanks to Ola, our friend from Trondheim, for the link.)

Historic Village Ravaged By Fire

by phyllis January 20, 2014

Lærdalsøyri (Vol. II, p. 245), a historic village with buildings dating from the seventeen- and eighteen-hundreds, was the scene of a massive fire this past weekend that destroyed a number of buildings, including 35 houses. Thankfully no one was badly hurt, but our hearts go out to those who lost their homes. Investigators are looking […]

Preikestolen Makes It Big

by phyllis January 5, 2014

Preikestolen, the spectacular cliff that rises 600 m straight out of the Lysefjord (NCG, Vol. II, p. 151), has become a very popular tourist destination. In fact, somewhere around 205,000 visitors made it there in the summer of 2013. On a sad note, one Spanish tourist even chose it as a place to commit suicide—a […]

A Cruise To Russia, Anyone?

by phyllis October 11, 2013

We just received an email from Denis, a Russian reader of the Norwegian Cruising Guide, with an amazing invitation. Here’s what he wrote:

Artwork of Norway

by phyllis May 26, 2013

I got an email the other day from Svein Lamark, a contributor to the Norwegian Cruising Guide and a commentor on Attainable Adventure Cruising, with a link to his wife Bjørg’s watercolours from Svalbard (click on the orange button ‘Se verker av denne kunstneren’).

Don’t Be The Guest of Honour

by phyllis May 5, 2013

My Little Norway, a blog I follow, posted the other day on the tongue-in-cheek reaction of foreign news sites to the job posting for a polar bear spotter in Svalbard.