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    Things you probably didn't know about NORWAY

    Things you probably didn't know about NORWAY.

    We started in the old forum ( http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/...pic.php?t=1385 ) but continue here.
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    #2
    Would my Norwegian CV sibs explain to me why Svalbard is sometimes called Spitsbergen? Are the names interchangable? Spitsbergen in English? One correct, the other not so???

    Thanks!

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      #3
      Svalbard is the Norwegian name and Spitzbergen is the International (English) name... much like some say England and some say United Kingdom, or some say USA or America... I think....
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        #4
        Originally posted by ehp View Post
        Would my Norwegian CV sibs explain to me why Svalbard is sometimes called Spitsbergen? Are the names interchangable? Spitsbergen in English? One correct, the other not so???

        Thanks!
        Maybe this could explain your question?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitsbergen

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard
        Best wishes from
        Bengt Domben

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          #5
          Very interesting links. I do not know why I thought the seed vault was located in mainland Norway.

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            #6
            GOT IT!! So when I go to Svalbard, I will sail past Bear Island and stop at Spitsbergen...

            Just want to have the terminology right. Don't want to go afoul of any Norwegians

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              #7
              Spitsbergen is a Norwegian island, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
              Completely in line with the heading of the thread ( Things you probably didn't know about NORWAY ), that, I didn't know!
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                #8
                The most remote island in the world is Norwegian

                Bouvet island in the Antarctica is the most remote island in the world.

                More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouvet_Island
                Øistein

                If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you...

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                  #9
                  Why is the fjord blue/green??

                  "A little boat on a very blue/green fjord".


                  Pic was taken from the road between Stranda and Hellesylt in Aug. 2006 and has not been manipulated in any manner. It is not remarkable for anything, except the colour of the water in Sunnnlyvsfjorden.

                  What causes this colouration? Is it melt water, Algae bloom or some other explanation??

                  Anybody here who can answer this question, at least in general terms?

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                    #10
                    I think from my recollection, Captain Maalen mentioned this on board CS many years ago.

                    The fjords tend to have this color because of the glacial melt water seeping into the fjord, mostly at spring and early sumer, and the fact that this water contains a lot of minerals and is very oxygen rich water. It takes a while before it's dissolved in salt water, much like oil in water.

                    Well, that is my take on it as far as I remember. If it's incorrect, I stand corrected.
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      #11
                      I remember hearing that this summer on our land excursion tour around Gerainger...

                      She was apologizing for the water being more "greenish" than deep blue because it had been raining the past few days and that stirred up the minerals in the top layers of the water, causing the green hues to come out. She said a day or two to settle out, and the waters would be a purer blue again.....

                      I LOVE that photo, Ombugge....

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                        #12
                        I don’t normally just post a link to things from elsewhere, but couldn’t resist this one from the BBC website about living in Norway:

                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8290550.stm

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                          #13
                          Comes as no surprise.......

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                            #14
                            You know you've been in norway too long when:

                            In reply to the posting on Filipino mannerisms in another thread, here the Norwegian equivalent: (No offence meant)

                            1) You start to believe that if it wasn't for Norway's efforts the world
                            would probably collapse pretty soon.

                            2) You can only buy your own drink at the bar even when you are with a
                            group of people.

                            3) You can't remember to say "please" and "excuse me".

                            4) You always prepare to catch the closing door if following closely behind somebody.

                            5) When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:

                            a) he is a drunk
                            b) he is insane
                            c) he is American
                            d) he is all of the above

                            6) Silence is fun.

                            7) You use "mmmm" as a conversation filler.

                            8) You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

                            9) You know Norway's results in the last three years in the Melody Grand Prix Song-contest (Eurovision).

                            10) It seems nice to spend a week in a small wooden cottage up the
                            mountains with no running water/loo and no electricity.

                            11) You know at least five different words for describing different kinds of snow.

                            12) An outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius (ca 45F) is mild - in mid June.

                            13) You know the difference between blue and red ski wax.

                            14) You don't fall over when walking on ice.

                            15) You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to Vinmonopolet
                            (Government liquor store).

                            16) You think nothing of paying 400 NOK (ca $ 50)on drinks one night.

                            17) You know that "religious holiday" means "lets' get pissed".

                            18) You find yourself more interested in the alcohol content than in the name of the wine.

                            19) You enjoy the taste of lutefisk (jelly-like, bad-smelling fish).

                            20) You think it's acceptable to wrap your hot dog on a cold pancake.

                            21) You associate warm rice porridge with Saturday and Xmas-eve.

                            22) You can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it.

                            23) You don't question the habit of always making "matpakke"
                            (Sandwiches wrapped in paper).

                            24) It feels as natural to wear sport clothes and backpack in the Cinema as everywhere else.

                            25) You find yourself speaking halfway Swedish with Swedes.

                            26) You can't understand why foreigners haven't heard about Bjorn Daehlie.

                            27) You know the meaning of life has something to do with the word
                            "koselig" (cozy).


                            This was received from my oldest son, who serves in the Norwegian Army. Probably sent on one of his bad days, frustrated with being stuck in Norway between assignments abroad.

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                              #15
                              Many of which are absolutely so true...

                              I loved the "silence is fun"....
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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