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Why Learn Norwegian?

From innovative technology to a history of exploration, learning Norwegian gives you an edge in the world. Whether you are interested in your background or in your future, this unique language will guide you down a path towards success. 


  • Be noticed and take the challenge!  Options for learning Norwegian are limited, and by taking on the challenge, you set yourself apart from the rest. It’s a unique way to show that you are committed to pursue something that distinguishes you.  
  • Connect with nature through the beauty of friluftsliv! To fully grasp the meaning of friluftsliv, a nature-loving lifestyle, you must do it in Norwegian. Do as the Norwegians do by exploring and appreciating nature, regardless of the seasons or type of weather. Enjoying the world in Norwegian helps you enjoy it to the fullest! 
  • Expand on your Norwegian connections. More than a million Norwegians have immigrated to North America over the last 250 years bringing their traditions with them. Whether you have family among them or not, you can connect to a culture that has become embedded in the fabric of countless communities around the United States.  
  • Get a job in the energy industry.  Speaking Norwegian will better position you to get a job with one of Norway’s global energy firms. Norway is both a leading producer of fossil fuels, and at the forefront of renewable energy development and climate change innovation.  
  • Enjoy the arts! From ancient Viking wood carvings and metalwork to the genius of Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt,” Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” Sigrid Undset’s "Kristin Lavransdatter” and Jo Nesbø’s groundbreaking detective series, Norway’s artists lead in many fields. Speaking Norwegian will let you appreciate this cultural treasure as an insider.
  • Explore your world! From the Vikings and Roald Amundsen to the modern day, Norwegians have a history of reaching beyond their borders. Today’s Norwegian explorers and scientists are on the forefront of new discoveries. By learning Norwegian, you can get closer to history in the making.
     

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Destination of the Month (Coming in July...Geirangerfjord!)

Reine, Lofoten Islands (photo credit, SunSurfer)

June - The Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are a gem of  northern Norway, known for their distinctive scenery, dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea, long beaches, and, of course, its abundance of wildlife, especially seabirds. They are located across the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle.  It is comprised of six principle islands, Vågan, Vestvågøy, Flakstad, Moskenes, Værøy and Røst  (There is evidence of human settlements here, dating back 11,000 years ago!).  The highest mountain peak in Lofoten is Higravstinden in Austvågøy, at 3,809 feet.  However, a much easier climb would be up the 3,163 feet high, Himmeltindan, which is the highest mountain on the central Lofoten island of Vestvågøya; it takes about 2-3 hours, depending on your pace and number of breaks.  Once atop, the views are nothing short of extraordinary!


There is plenty to do in this northern wonderland, including fishing, hiking, kayaking, sea rafting and scuba diving, surfing, skiing, horseback riding and even golf!  And, if you're an avid bird watcher, it will not disappoint!  Although, there are birds there year round, it is in June through August where you will see the largest seabird colonies.  Also starting in June and into autumn, is the best time to go out for a whale safari!  In the summer, you will see mostly Sperm whales, and occasionally, Pilot whales.  In the winter months, it's possible to see Humpback whales, Fin whales and Killer whales.  Hvalsafari AS comes highly recommended for these tours and has a very insightful and educational website:  http://www.whalesafari.no/?p=2082&lang=en


From late May to mid-July, you can experience the midnight sun, and from September to mid-April, the northern lights (aurora borealis)!  Many tend to think that it remains very cold here because of its location, but due to the warm Gulf Stream, the weather is actually quite mild and summers are glorious!


Small fishing villages are scattered about the islands and there are plenty of options for fishing tours, as well as accomodations.  You can stay at Rorbu, the old fishermen’s cabins, and eat stockfish made from spawning cod. The stockfish is often the base product in many of the food dishes served in local restaurants.  There are 32 cabins in all with modern comforts (including wifi) and they are available from January to October.  For more information on staying at Rorbu, please visit:  http://www.classicnorway.com/hotels/reine-rorbuer/the-rorbu-cabins/


Lofoten also has a Viking museum, live Viking reenactments and Viking festivals and feasts.  It is open every day from May 1 - September 15.  http://www.lofotr.no/index.asp


There are numerous restaurants, from casual to elegant, and cafes serving local cuisine and other varied dishes, as well as bed and breakfasts.  Many of these establishments also rent out their space for conferences, weddings and other celebrations and events.  


So, as you can see, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this amazing place, but the scenery, all by itself, is enough to make you fall in love with it!