Amateur historical geologist. Self-titled Scrabble champion. Avid believer in the Oxford Comma. Always eats breakfast. Always. My approach toward travel? Make it a priority, and you're golden.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Norway is where my soul chords vibrate. Otherwise, plant me in a national park and leave me for days — I'll be fine."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I grew up in Iowa, and didn't see the ocean or step foot on a plane for 18 years. Needless to say, once I did, I went nuts. I haven't stopped since, and I rarely go a month without a trip somewhere. Though my preference is to move places — not just visit and country count. Now I work in the travel industry, writing, editing, and learning landscape photography."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I learned I have a phobia of ice and snow at elevation on top of a glacier in Norway. I was bawling like crazy as a white-out rolled in, making the entire place look like the inside of a ping-pong ball. We had to scale the side of a mountain to shorten the route and get back in time...I will never, ever, ever climb a glacier again!"
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Fjordkysten & Nordfjord, just north of Bergen, is where Fjord Norway still hangs onto its roots. This region is where mountains and glaciers scratch the sky and locals are counted in the tens of thousands—in other words, the perfect place to get off the beaten path.
The word is out on the Lofoten Islands, especially in summer. Traveling in the off-season is an ideal option to bypass the crowds—and luckily, it's easy to go at any time of year. Here's what you can expect to find September through May.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a European capital more suitable for families and kids than Oslo. A number of hotels cater to parents of both small children and teens — with the right lodging, you'll feel right at home in this booming heart of Scandinavia.
Oslo, Norway's capital, is one of the fastest-changing cities around. The population — and a diverse one at that — is booming, but its humble, Scandinavian roots remain strong. With new restaurants popping up every month, an artistic movement experiencing a renaissance, and a history that's steps from downtown, the only way to do Oslo is like a local.
How many cities can you name that sit along a fjord, in the mountains, surrounded by islands? If you've been to Bergen, your answer is probably one. It's a microcosm of all Norway's best scenery with a dash of both traditional and contemporary culture. The city, though world-class, has humble, unpretentious roots — and the only way to do it is like a local.
Phone off, out-of-office reply on. When it comes to long-distance hikes, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better country than Norway. With cozy, for-public-use cabins dotting the hills and a landscape that just won't quit, this could be the excuse you've been waiting for.