around the head of the 68-mile-long Oslofjord, Oslo is probably the most
spacious city in the world. Its 175-square-mile metropolitan area
consists of over 75 percent forests and five percent water. Its fine
deep harbor, Pipervika, stretches into the heart of the city and from it
leave ferries to Denmark and Germany.
SUMMER LIGHT—A WALK ACROSS NORWAY
by Andrew Stevenson
many travelers, Norway is a vast outdoor paradise that offers some
of the most spectacular and challenging landscapes in northern
Europe. It’s seemingly endless summer days and long star-filled
winter nights inspired Canadian writer Andrew Stephenson to write a
vivid account of his trek across Norway from Oslo the Bergen.
Stephenson, who lived in Norway for five years, introduces the
magnificence of Norway’s mountains and fjords to his companion,
Annabel, his new love, while doing the same for his readers. He
brings Norway to life as he meets local people on the way and
provides insights into both Norway and the Norwegians.
Nothing makes a travel book come alive as rich sensual writing that
provides beautiful images for its readers. As he and Annabelle
travel off the beaten track, readers come face-to-face with life in
rural Norway, and, like Stevenson, make friends with Norwegians as
Unfortunately, not enough people know enough about Norway’s
geography to get a real sense of the places Stevenson describes the
land he passes through. But he does offer advice and information for
anyone wishing to trek across Norway.
Every year about 95 000 people die in
Sweden and, according to the law, everyone must be buried. There must be
room for everyone in the cemeteries, therefore the future needs of space
have to be predicted. Because of this funerals must be part of the
the early Middle Ages, driven by famine at home and the promise of
wealth to be had in other lands, the Vikings set out from Scandinavia to
conquer parts of England, Ireland, France, Russia, and even Turkey.
Bolstered by their successes, the Vikings pushed westward, eventually
crossing the North Atlantic and founding settlements in Iceland,
Greenland, and Newfoundland in Canada. Read
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