asked our readers to give us their best tips about Norway,
Denmark, Finland and Sweden from their women's point of
view. Then we checked our Journeywoman data base for all
the juicy tips that members of our JW Network have contributed
over the years. We compiled them all into one complete
article designed to help females everywhere to research
and plan their trips to Scandinavia. Here they are --
everything from (1) a floating B&B in Stockholm (2)
dinner with a Danish family (3) a hotel in Oslo with a
floor just for women to (4) Talking Trash in Helsinki
-- we know you're going to love it.
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floor for women in Oslo hotel...
Located right in the centre of Oslo, the fabulous 130-year-old
Grand Hotel has reserved an entire floor for women guests.
Named after contemporary Norwegian female personalities
in the arts, sports and business, the 13 rooms are designed
to fit the needs of women travellers. En route to the
rooms is a portrait corridor and the Ladies Floor Path,
featuring paintings by local artist Trine Folmoe. The
rooms have toiletries from L’Occitane, plenty of
books and magazines, a CD and DVD-player, a yoga mat and
a Ladies Floor room service menu (without the service
Anne-Sophie, Drammen, Norway
Day trips from Bergen,
When in Bergen, Norway look for a kiosk in the old town
center where you can purchase tickets for different day
trips. The trips are made on bus, train, ship -- all public
transportation coordinated so that you don't have long
waits between modes of transport. You can design your
own itinerary. I heartily suggest the one that includes
Sognefjord, but all the possibilities are fascinating.
Bergen is a wonderful hub for these trips, and the train
ride between it and Oslo is one of the most brilliant
in the world -- second only to the one between Fort William
and the coast of Scotland.
Norma, Jerusalem, Israel
Night train from Oslo
I suggest other JourneyWomen take the night train from
Oslo to Bergen; stay in the
town for an afternoon or overnight. In July or August
you very well will see the northern lights from the train's
window. I was on the train which runs over the tips of
the mountains: I awoke looking out the window and thought
I was still dreaming. The lights were dancing. Beautiful
colors. If you go, bring a warm blanket for the ride as
it is cold along the mountain tops.
Mara Fisher, Miami, USA
Use one day to roam around in Akershus festning (Akershus
Fortress) to see the four museums there. We Norwegians
are very proud of our World War Two occupation history,
and it's all documented in Akershus festning. There are
also great views of Oslo Harbour and the city hall from
here and the cruiseships also dock right next to Akershus
After Akershus Festning you can get on the
Metro to Holmenkollen to go up one of the most famous
skijumping hills in the world. Just follow the signs from
the Metro Station. There are also great views over all
of Oslo from Holmenkollen.
You can also catch a ferry out to 'Hovedøya'
(leaves from Aker Brygge, next to City Hall) to see ruins
from an old cloister built some 800 years ago and also
the old defensive structures located on the island. Norway's
first Airport was located here, but now the Hangar is
a storage room for private boats and that's about it..
Any JourneyWomen interested in snakes? If
its getting late skip Hovedøya and go back to the
main square and then up to Storgata (5 minutes) to visit
the Oslo Reptile Park. It's not really worth the admission,
but if you have an Oslo pass and have some time to kill
this is a perfect choice.
In Norway, if you are 67+ you are able to travel half
price on trains and buses but you must have proper ID
to prove your age.
Melvin, Germany Website: http://www.traveldudes.org/
Don't miss Vigeland Sculpture
When in Oslo, do not miss the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
The park covers 80 acres and features 212 bronze and granite
sculptures created by Norwegian, Gustav Vigeland. You
can easily lose track of time walking among these works
of art. Photos do not do them justice. These are wonderful
lifelike statues depicting stages of life with which,
as women, we can all identify with. The sculptures are
all in a garden setting decorated with large fountains.
According to Wikilpedia,com, 'at the end of the bridge
lies the Children’s Playground, a collaboration
of eight bronze statues, all in the likenesses of children
at play. In the centre, mounted on a granite column, is
the representation of a fetus. In this area there is also
a pond where ducks and geese swim'.
Kathy, Woodstock, USA
Go to Norway
for Independence Day...
you can, go to Norway for the Independence Day celebration,
May 17th. Norwegians wear their bunads -- the traditional
costumes from each village -- and many come to Oslo for
the big parade. It's all school children, walking in groups
past the palace where the King and Queen wave to them.
No corporate pandering here. Bringing up the rear are
the Russ (roos), students about to enter university. Dressed
in red overalls, they've been on a traditional but crazy
adventure around the country, fueled by booze and fun.
Eat an exquisite mango mousse from a bakery
near the palace, then (as Kathy in the USA suggests) head
to Vigeland Sculpture Park, where Gustav Vigeland's 212
granite or bronze creations celebrate all the human stages
of life. (Don't miss the Sinnataggen, the angry little
The Resistance Museum in the Akershus Castle
reveals the brave character of common Norwegians faced
with Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Norway
is expensive, but totally wonderful!
Jayne, Toronto, Canada
Facts I offer about Norway...
I just got back from eight days in Norway in June. What
a beautiful country! I found the people very friendly
and helpful. I also discovered that it stays light out
almost 24 hours of the day. I needed a light windbreaker
most of the days as the wind was chilly. I was able to
wear my capris comfortably. Food and lodging is expensive
so plan to eat a big breakfast; most are provided by hotels
and very substantial. The best way of travel is by train
-- these connect most areas daily. The scenery in Norway
is amazing -- I highly recommend a trip up the fjords,
especially on the Flambana railroad. It is a good idea
to stay close to the main stations as taxi fares are very
expensive. I enjoyed my time in Norway immensely and would
definitely travel there again.
P.S. Norway in a Nutshell (www.norwaynutshell.com)
was a good tour as it took the tourist to Flam from Oslo
by boat, bus and train. Additional nights could be added
Trekking and Skiing in
If you're an outdoors enthusiast traveling in Norway,
you should not miss the fantastic network of huts and
trails managed by the DNT or Norwegian Trekking Association
The terrain and weather can be challenging (when a trail
says "expert", they really mean it), but Norwegian
nature is breathtaking, the DNT facilities are affordable
and superbly managed, and it's a great way to forge bonds
with locals. My husband and I were there last spring,
and the helpful staff at the Oslo headquarters helped
us organize the perfect once-in-a-lifetime ski trip in
the Jotunheimen mountains.
Catherine, Montreal, Canada
wear in Norway...
I travelled in Norway during the summer, and found comfortable
casual clothes acceptable everywhere. If you have dress
pants, you won't need a skirt. Plan your summer wardrobe
so that you can layer as it can be quite cool. Be sure
to take a sweater, rain jacket and light folding umbrella
as there may be rain squalls many days.
Ruth, Ottawa, Canada
When travelling in Norway, wear comfortable,
casual clothes and you'll fit right in: For the winter,
pack walking shoes/boots, jeans, sweaters and ski parkas/wool
coats. For dining out, a skirt, tights/stockings and low
shoes will be appropriate. It's a pretty sure bet that
casual dress is the norm for the summer months, too, but
I can't say definitely as I visited in the winter only.
Also, just a side note: As a rule, Norwegian women wear
little if any make-up--I found this very freeing, especially
when on vacation!
Kristin, San Mateo, USA