Stavanger: the beauty of a city and the surrounding area.

Stavanger is not a city like any other. Those who arrive by train, by bus or by sea from the sensational Norwegian fjords, will immediately begin to breathe the typical air of Northern Europe that can only be perceived up here. Welcoming you could be the colorful houses on the quay, about sixty buildings built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries once used as warehouses or small industries but now converted into restaurants, offices and other businesses.

When you begin to enter the heart of the city, you cannot miss a walk through the streets of Gamle Stavanger, the old part of the city made up of white houses built in white painted wood. Gamle Stavanger collects 173 wooden buildings built in the eighteenth century where you can find many galleries and boutiques of local crafts.

This part of the city is part of one of the architectural projects carried out by the United Nations in Norway in 1975. It is no secret that Stavanger has received numerous awards for the efforts it has made over time to preserve the old but fascinating part of its city.

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The Gamle Stavanger area is inhabited by residents who are proud and proud of their homes. In spring the gardens and the windowsills of the white houses are filled with flowers and colors. Think that once upon a time there was the habit of dismantling houses and taking them with you when you moved! For this reason they were built of wood. Typically it was people from the islands north of Stavanger who ventured into the city with their house dismantled during the herring-catching periods. They loaded their houses into rowboats and went to Stavanger. The only drawback, it is said, is that the houses of the past were yellow but the working class could not afford such an expensive color and, for this reason, many wooden houses were colored white: the current color.

Fargegaten: the colorful street
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Øvre Holmegate was once a quiet and somewhat boring street until one day hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik proposed to renovate it. Artist Craig Flannagan created a combination of colors that, in the space of a few years, were part of a process of renovating a street that has now become a tourist attraction.

From the initial skepticism of some people, we have moved on to a road that since 2005 has become closed to traffic and today is a flow of tourists as well as full of bars, shops and commercial premises.
The Fargegata (street of colors) is a perfect area for photos, selfies and ideal for shopping and a stop in some bars.
Do not forget that the freshest fish are caught in the Norwegian seas and, if you are a lover of the genre, you must try some restaurants.

The beaches and the protected area of Jæren
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The beaches of Jæren cover a 70 km long area from Tungenes to Sirevåg and have been a protected area since 1977, modified after 2009 as a landscape conservation area of Jærstrendene. Some humid areas require greater protection because they are particularly rich in rare or protected vegetation. In fact, plants such as marsh hellebore, sea must plant, marsh orchid and holly grow in this area.

The beaches here can also change based on the shape and presence of the dunes which, generally, are divided into three different types: there are areas with white dunes facing the sea, very unstable and subject to erosion. Then there are areas with gray dunes less subject to erosion and finally the dunes farthest from the sea, low and covered with grass, hardly vulnerable to any type of erosion.

Keep in mind that Jæren’s beaches are marked as International Mission Blue hotspots, which means key points for ocean health. If you want to learn more, at the leisure center of Orre (Friluftshuset) you can learn more about the beaches of Jæren.

How to get to the beaches

By public transport you can easily get the beaches of Brusand and Ogna. For all the info, timetables or for other beaches, you can search on

Røros: the old Norwegian mining village protected by UNESCO

Røros is an ancient mining village typical of Trøndelag, where you will find wooden houses and colors like nowhere else. Christmas and in winter everything turns white, lights and the atmosphere becomes even more characteristic. Founded in 1644 after the discovery of copper deposits in the area, Røros first became one of the most important mining towns in Norway and then a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.

Although the houses of Røros date back to a period between 1700 and 1800, today everything is preserved with its original charm and this small destination has also obtained the certification of sustainable destination for the commitment that the inhabitants have dedicated to reducing the impact environmental tourism.

What to do and see in Røros
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As already mentioned, Røros is very colorful during the Christmas period and, if you can, come and enjoy the snow and the Christmas markets of this quaint Norwegian village.
Winter activities are certainly not lacking: from dog sledding to skiing, here the variety of winter sports is endless. In summer, however, the activities change but certainly not lacking.
Nature offers the possibility of hiking or biking, fishing and exploring the whole area.

The greatest pride of Røros is undoubtedly its church, the Bergstadens Ziir (pictured above) which means “mining town clock”. This church has a very long history, at least as long as that of the village to which it belongs: the very first church of Røros was built in 1651, a few years after the “birth” of the mining village. Destiny wanted that, being also built entirely of wood (like the rest of the village), after a few years it began to show some signs of subsidence. It was then that they began to think about a new project.

In 1779 the old church was demolished and work began on the new one, designed by Peter Leonard Neumann. The new church was built with slate stones and was completed and consecrated in 1784. In 1814 this and other Norwegian churches were used as a polling station for the Norwegian Constituent Assembly, during which the Norwegian Constitution was written. At the beginning of the 1900s electricity was added, and the subsequent restoration dates back to a hundred years later.

The surroundings
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When darkness settles around the pine logs it is nice to feel the warmth of the fire. It’s easy to be seduced by the dancing flames, but don’t forget to gaze at the stars from time to time.

The national parks of Femundsmarka and Forollhogna ensure all the space, nature and outdoor life that, if any, were missing during the rest of the year. Lots of reindeer live here and if you are looking for the typical Nordic atmosphere, this is the place.
Don’t forget the Jutulhogget, the largest canyon in all of northern Europe

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In winter, people often use a spark to navigate the village streets. It is nothing more than a perfect sled to admire every corner of the town and look for the perfect little shops and restaurants for your trip.

How to get to Røros

To get to Røros you can use all means of transport: From Trondheim you can take the bus, but if you prefer the train you have several options with or without changes along the way. Røros airport is a 50 ‘flight from Oslo Gardermoen airport. From Trondheim airport, on the other hand, you can reach many Norwegian cities and as many European capitals.

If you prefer to travel by car, Røros is 5 hours from Oslo and a couple of hours from Trondheim

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Il Natale in Norvegia

Natale a Tromsø ( foto copertina)

Il tempo buio che sperimentiamo può essere pesante per molti. Allora è bene che la città e la gente mettano luce e colore nel tempo che precede il Natale. Storgata ha il suo spettacolo di luci. La Cattedrale Artica è stata nuovamente illuminata di blu. Ad Alfheim è stato regalato un cuore rosso nella grande vetrata panoramica che dà sulla città, e in piazza si accendono le candele sull’albero di Natale. Tutto sommato, questo periodo oscuro e strano rende un po’ più facile superare tutto quanto...-

Il periodo che precede il Natale è un momento speciale in Norvegia. Le candele illuminano le case durante i freddi e bui mesi invernali. La maggior parte delle città norvegesi ha fiere e mercatini di Natale, concerti stagionali e spettacoli in questo momento. Il più grande mercatino di Natale di Oslo è quello del museo popolare Norsk Folkemuseum a Bygdøy. Bergen è famosa per la sua città di pan di zenzero che viene eretta ogni anno a Torgallmenningen. La città mineraria di Røros nella Norvegia orientale è un luogo davvero magico da visitare a dicembre e la Christmas House di Tregaarden a Drøbak è assolutamente da vedere come unico negozio di Natale permanente della Scandinavia.

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Il cibo tipico di Natale include ribbe (pancetta di maiale arrosto), pinnekjøtt (costole di agnello salate ed essiccate, a volte affumicate) e lutefisk (stoccafisso ammorbidito in acqua e liscivia prima della cottura).

Christmas in Norway

Christmas in Tromsø (cover photo)

The dark time we experience can be heavy for many. So it is good that the city and the people put light and color in the time before Christmas. Storgata has its own light show. The Arctic Cathedral was once again illuminated in blue. Alfheim was given a red heart in the large panoramic window overlooking the city, and in the square the candles are lit on the Christmas tree. All in all, this dark and strange time makes it a little easier to get through it all...-

The run-up to Christmas is a special time in Norway. Candles light up homes during the cold, dark winter months. Most Norwegian cities have Christmas fairs and markets, seasonal concerts and shows right now. Oslo’s largest Christmas market is that of the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy. Bergen is famous for its gingerbread town which is erected annually in Torgallmenningen. The mining town of Røros in eastern Norway is a truly magical place to visit in December, and the Tregaarden Christmas House in Drøbak is a must see as Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas shop.

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Typical Christmas food includes ribbe (roasted pork belly), pinnekjøtt (salted and dried, sometimes smoked, lamb ribs) and lutefisk (stockfish softened in water and lye before cooking).

10+ 3 abandoned European villages that only a truly brave solo traveler should visit

It may happen that, between one trip and another, we feel like trying our luck and organizing something a little more exciting than usual. You know, traveling alone can mean a few more unexpected events but, if for one reason or another we decide to get away from everything and everyone, here are some cities or villages around Europe that only the bravest should visit traveling alone.

These are some villages that for various reasons (geological events, wars or more), have been evacuated and never returned to their original state. The inhabitants have been relocated en masse to new nearby settlements and now only onlookers, photographers and wildlife roam here.

1.Oradour sur Glane: This French village not far from Limoges is remembered for a massacre that took place on June 10, 1944, during the Second World War. Here 642 people lost their lives and, since then, only a museum of memory has been established here. Everything else is in a state of neglect. If you decide to come here, remember what happened and that it still remains a place of memory.

Wrecked car in Oradour Sur Glane (Photo by Guitou60 from Adobe stock Photo)

2.Doel, in Belgium, has a very special history: up to the 1970s it had a thousand inhabitants but with the new project to expand the port of Antwerp it was decided to start demolishing houses here. However, there are still a few hundred “dissidents” who do not want to know about selling their house and, today, Doel has become the village of street art and murals.
So there remain closed windows and doors and walls full of incredible drawings. Maybe a visit here could be worth a few hours of your trip if you are passionate about street art

Doel: facade of an abandoned house (Photo by Ronny from Adobe stock Photos)

3. Pripyat also has a very special history. It was evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster, the well-known accident at the nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986 that initially caused 65 deaths. Pripyat, evacuated after the disaster, can now be visited thanks to some Kiev tour operators who organize excursions here. On the way back, if you just can’t resist the idea of visiting this desolate place, there are still many radiation checks. It even seems that a few hundred inhabitants managed to escape control and now reside permanently here.

Pripyat: Abandoned bumper cars-Photo by Robert Armstrong from Pixabay

4.If it is already hard to think of going to the Svalbard Islands (either alone or with others), trying to get to Pyramiden could prove to be fascinating but somewhat prohibitive.
Founded as a mining town in 1910, Pyramiden bears this name due to the shape of the mountain behind it. In 1998 it was abandoned by the last Russian miners after being used by several mining companies for years. Since 2011 it seems to have been inhabited again for tourist purposes. If you do not like the idea of coming here to meet bears, birds, wild animals and some humans, however, know that on the Svalbard Islands you can visit 3 other ghost towns:
-Advent City
-Grumantbyen ( photo below)
… unless a polar bear eats you first

Grumant settlement at Svalbard, Spitzbergen

5. Belchite, in Spain, was also destroyed by a war. We are in the period of the Spanish Civil War and on 22 August 1937 a siege begins which will only end at the beginning of September. Belchite will be completely destroyed and only a monument of the heroes will remain here. Some films will also be shot after Belchite. But what you see in the photo below is what remains of the historic center of the city.

a view of the remains of the old town of Belchite, Spain, destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and abandoned from then, highlighting the San Martin de Tours church

6.Craco is a small town in the province of Matera in Italy and in the 1950s it began to depopulate due to a landslide that endangered the stability of its houses. At the beginning of the 80s Craco became a ghost town even if today it is a real tourist destination and even a film set on some occasions. Surely a destination within the reach of even the most fearful.

Craco: a donkey grazes the grass at the foot of the abandoned town

7. Dvigrad is a medieval Croatian city also called Due Castelli. Its history has been full of battles and continuous sieges which it has often resisted thanks to its fortifications but, only in 1715, after a strong malaria epidemic, even the last inhabitants were forced to leave

Aerial view of the abandoned village of Dvigrad

8.Not much information about Jantuha, a city in Abkhazia, one of the autonomous republics in which Georgia (formerly the Soviet Union) is divided, but it is certain that looking at the image probably even the most fearless of solitary travelers would find it difficult to enter such a desolate and abandoned place.
Doesn’t it remind you of a scene from the film “Eurotrip”?

Abandoned mining ghost-town Jantuha, Abkhazia. Destroyed empty houses, the remains of the cars, remnant of The Georgian-Abkhazian war

9.This is a real gem and, even if we don’t recommend sleeping at night, it’s sure to be worth a visit. Kayakoy is a completely abandoned Greek-style village that overlooks the Aegean Sea but stands, or rather once stood on the Turkish coasts. The inhabitants now live in the valley and tourism is certainly not lacking here thanks to these splendid ruins surrounded by greenery. For all types of travelers.

Kayakoy, Fethiye, Turkey

Ten. Irbene and Skrunda-1 in Latvia are two Russian military bases with giant radars that are also abandoned. If you want to take a beach holiday, here we are not very far from the fresh seas of Northern Europe and, judging by the photos, already inside the abandoned site, you can see some sand dunes. There are also some hotels in the area. Think about it!

Foto: Edijs Pālens,