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...

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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 -...

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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...

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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....

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Spring, Summer sandals and Sunny days ahead -Happy Friday!

{Photo Source: Hjelle in Norway, via Pinterest} Summer may seem far away, but it's intact the last Friday in February! Still a few months to go, but Spring is definitely in the air. A Scandinavian celebration coming up this weekend is in fact celebrating the arrival of Spring. Let the day dreaming of Summer sandals and sunny days commence! Fastelavn 2014 falls on Sunday 2nd March. Why not take...

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Picking cloudberry in Norwegian wilderness forest, Trillemarka

Rubus chamaemorus is a native to alpine and arctic tundra and boreal forest, producing amber-colored edible fruit similar to the raspberry or blackberry. English common name is cloudberry. The cloudberry grows to 10–25 cm high, each fruit is initially pale red, ripening into an amber color in early autumn. In Norway early to mid August is the prime season to find ripe cloudberries. The ripe...

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Where to stay and what to do in Oslo

Hi My sister-in-law and I are planning a trip to Oslo in late November for a spot of Christmas shopping as well as experiencing some of Oslo's hidden treasures. Could you recommend a really lovely place to stay centrally but not too pricey? Also in your opinion what are the top 5 things you would recommend us to see? We adore Scandi design/art so anything to do with this would be great. We're...

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Shopping for kids clothes in Oslo?

I thought I'd share an email I received this morning, from one lovely reader. Hi, I stumbled across your site while searching for information on shopping in Oslo. My husband is going over in March for work and I'm trying to find out where I can send him to buy some great scandi kids clothes (for a 2yo and baby). Can you please make any suggestions? I'm not having much luck searching online. Are...

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