norway is the land of the midnight sun

This is my @langblrsecretsanta present for @butts-of-ylvis! Here is a post about some beautiful places in Norway, with some Norwegian songs I love! Hope you enjoy!

(many thanks to VisitNorway and VisitOslo for the descriptions below!)

Gamle Stavanger

Old Stavanger on the west side of Vågen comprises 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most of them are small, white cottages. Stavanger has received several awards for its efforts to preserve Old Stavanger.

This was one of three pilot projects carried out in Norway during the United Nations’ Architectural Heritage Year in 1975.

Old Stavanger is a popular living area and many galleries and handicrafts’ boutiques are located in this part of the city. Here are also Norwegian Canning Museum and Stavanger Maritime Museum.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo’s Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.

Large-scale windows at street level provide the public with glimpses of rehearsals and workshop activities. The building’s interior is mainly oak, and the main hall is shaped like a horseshoe, reminiscent of classical theatres of the past. The opera is designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, and has received several prestigious awards.

Borgund Stave Church

Built around 1180 and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. Some of the finest features are the lavishly carved portals and the roof carvings of dragons’s heads. The stave churches are Norway’s most important contribution to world architecture and Norway’s oldest preserved timber buildings.

The North Cape

Imagine a place in the far north, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Arctic Ocean and their frigid waters mix.

That place is Nordkapp – the North Cape – in Western Finnmark, Northern Norway. Here, the only dry land between you and the North Pole is the Svalbard archipelago, and the summer sun doesn’t set between the middle of May and the end of July. Many visitors enjoy watching the midnight sun or the sunset over the Barents Sea from the North Cape Plateau.

Geiranger Fjord

For nature lovers, the Geirangerfjord has plenty to offer. Experience the fjords and the waterfalls from one of the many available sightseeing trips, go hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak. Other popular activities in the area include fishing, rafting and cycling.

The area’s unique natural surroundings were created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains – and it is not a coincidence that the Geirangerfjord today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world.

And some Norwegian songs for you!

Hjerteslag - Sang til Sonja

Lyse Netter - Prøva igjen

Razika - Verdens beste by

Marie Ulven - Snøkrystall

Oslo Ess - Caroline

Fjorden Baby! & John Olav Nilsen - Igjen og igjen

Svømmebasseng - Blå planet

DRØM - Bakom øyan dine

Anja Elena Viken - I morgen

Innertier - Ingen er sånn som du

🎄🎁❄️God jul!❄️🎁🎄

TITLE: The One Memory of Flora Banks

AUTHOR: Emily Barr

RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2017

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

MY REVIEW: It has been a very long time that I have been wanting to get my hands on this book, the title and the synopsis captivated me from the beginning.. I knew about this book several months before it was released and I could not wait for its release!
We meet Flora, a seventeen year old young girl whom after a few hours, her memory resets and she forgets everything, all she remembers is what she learned before her tenth birthday, her friends, her family, things that she learned to do before (making tea, using the shower etc.)
Her parents have done their best to keep her safe and comfortable, so they’ve created a notebook explaining what she has and what happened that caused her disability. Sometimes things are not always what they seem, and it takes a boy, a best friend, a sibling, and a trip to figure everything out.
I felt the writing was amazing, but because of the condition of the character Flora, it did become somewhat repetitive, but I totally understand that it was to make the reader FULLY understand the situations Flora must go through on a daily basis to understand what she’s going through herself. It’s definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel! ❤️Ellie RG

It’s Not a Lie If You Can’t Remember The Truth

What’s your opinion on this line for the next video?

“I’m now in Norway, land of the midnight sun, home of trolls, vikings and, unfortunately of great 40k discourse”

Is it okay or a bit too much on the nose?