Back to basics in minimalist cabin in Norway

The complexities of modern life will recede into the distance with a stay at Larsestølen in Skurdalen near to Norways oldest ski resort Geilo. Historically the mountain cabin was where farmgirls would spend theirs summers, herding the farm animals during the warmer months. Today, old meets new as the small log-house has been upgraded with a modern style extension. The panoramic...

Historical House in Norway restored to former glory

Why would a family in London find a derelict house in rural Norway for sale, thinking it would be a great idea to buy it to use every holiday and spare time to restore it to its former glory? The house was on the market for over a year before we finally decided to put a bid in. What really persuaded us in the end would be the history of the house. What it once was. Villa Wessel was build in 1898...

Villa Wessel has a new roof

Our Norwegian house project: a log house from 1898 that we bought in a derelict state in 2017 with the wish to transform it into its former glory. The big project this summer was to change the roof, to replace the old with fresh, new wood shingles. 16,000 shingles to be exact which all have to be laid, one by one, and hammered using one nail on each shingle. Our labour of love in other words -...

Ice Cream to match the Norwegian ‘bunad’

Krone-is, the Norwegian ice cream in new design. The beloved Norwegian 'krone-is' is a ide cream in waffle availbel in several flavours, traditionally chocolate or strawberry. The ice cream first launched in 1953 and today approx 30 million ice creams are being sold every year. Summer time with its sunny weather is obviously the main season with a peak on the Norwegian national day, on the 17th...

A weekend escape to Winter and Norefjell, Norway

Winter Wonderland might be just a bit closer than what you think it is. Norefjell is a mountain area and ski resort, a beautiful piece of Scandinavia and one of its kind, situated just an hour outside the Norwegian capital. Family friendly, or perfect as a romantic getaway. Whatever you choose you are sure to experience a something rather special. Get there with a less than 2 hours flight....