Exploring the Westfjords with Hidden Iceland

Balancing adventure and relaxation in the island nation's remote region

Shards of glacial icefall chop up the landscape left and right. They’re milky in coloration, though shot through certain areas with the most magnificent blue veins—a color that denotes areas that have been recently exposed to air. This is merely a corner of Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, perhaps most famous for housing a volcano that disrupted air travel for weeks. Our guide Ryan Christopher Connolly, …

Word of Mouth: Oslo

Spanning Michelin stars, streetwear and hiking trails in the Scandinavian capital

There are certain characteristics that justly typify most Scandinavian capitals. From Reykjavik to Helsinki, the region is home to cities that place a high value on public services, design, transportation and livability. Oslo checks all these boxes while owning a vibrant identity that is uniquely Norwegian. It’s certainly not the most budget-­friendly city to visit, but in Oslo you’ll find that the bar for service …

Photo Essay: From Fjord to Farm in Norway

Exploring the Nordic nation’s rich diversity from haute architecture to rugged waterways

On a recent visit to Norway, we toured the country from Oslo to the home of Jarlsberg to the western fjord lands, stopping at dairy farms along the way. After a remarkably sunny day in Oslo at the Snøhetta-designed Operahuset, we headed for the country. On the west coast of Norway, the road will only take you so far. As you drive the meandering mountain …