This Gear Took Us Around The World

What clothes, computer, ice axe, and backpack does a photographer and writer for an adventure travel site fall back on when he's going to be going up against the unpredictability of nature, while traveling unsupported around the world? This is the best of the best, the stuff I took with me to adventure around the… » 12/23/14 4:41pm Tuesday 4:41pm

I want to live in one of these spectacular cabins in a Norwegian fjord

Look at this. It's so perfect it seems artificial—some illuminated display inside a "Visit Norway" booth at a travel fair. It is actually the view from a cabin in the northwest coast of Norway, 250 miles northwest of Oslo, a paradise in the middle of a fjord. It is now one of my dream homes, too. » 12/23/14 2:27pm Tuesday 2:27pm

The Designs Norway Rejected For Its New Banknotes Are Amazing

Yesterday we learned that Norway had chosen a new design for its banknotes—a pixelated little number by the architects at Snøhetta. While their design is tasteful and restrained, it can't possibly live up to the charm of sea life drawn by kids. Which was exactly what one designer proposed. » 10/09/14 10:27am 10/09/14 10:27am

Norway's New Currency Design Is Perfectly Pixelated High-Concept Art

With last week's news that Oslo had pulled out of the 2022 Winter Olympics, I got really sad—mostly that we wouldn't see the beautiful identity from the architects at Snøhetta brought to life. But here's a consolation: Snøhetta won a competition to redesign Norway's currency. And the pixelated landscapes they designed… » 10/08/14 1:47pm 10/08/14 1:47pm

Norway's Turning Power Plant Emissions Into Fish Oil

With millions of tons of carbon dioxide billowing into the atmosphere from our power plants, one possible solution to the pollution is carbon capture—sequestering the greenhouse gas before it ever leaves the plant. But then what do you do with all that carbon? Norway has a interesting new plan: farm salmon. » 7/16/14 6:39pm 7/16/14 6:39pm

Why Mysterious UFO-Like Lights Glow in this Norwegian Valley

As a name, Hessdalen may be more familiar to UFO watchers than scientists. The valley in Norway is prone to "strange, hovering, flashing balls of lights" best attributed, as some believe, to alien origins. Now scientists say they're on the verge of an explanation: The valley is a giant natural battery. » 5/13/14 3:40pm 5/13/14 3:40pm

This Town's Hilltop Mirrors Light It Up With Second-Hand Sunshine

Waking up on a dark winter morning is never fun. But imagine if the sun didn't come up at all. Rjukan, Norway—which is cast into shadow for five months a year—has found a solution. The town is finishing its first winter using a system of mirrors to create an oasis of sunlight during its perpetually dark winter months. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Norway's Lovely Memorial to the Worst Mass Shooting In Modern History

It's been almost three years since a gunman detonated a bomb in Oslo and then stormed a small summer camp off the coast of Norway, killing 77 people and cementing a record as the worst mass shooting in modern memory. This month, the country revealed plans for a memorial to the tragedy—and it's beautiful. » 3/05/14 10:20am 3/05/14 10:20am