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02 February 2013

Munch 2013—Celebrating Edvard Munch in Norway with a Norway Scream

The majestic mountains and deep-blue waters of the Reinefjord in Lofoten, Norway. Photo credits: Innovation Norway, Andrea Giubelli and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
The majestic mountains and deep-blue waters of the Reinefjord in Lofoten, Norway. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Andrea Giubelli and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Throughout 2013, Norway will be celebrating "Munch 2013," a series of special events and exhibitions commemorating the 150th birthday of Edvard Munch—an avant-garde artist whose work contributed to the development of "modernism" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his most famous works is his provocative "Scream" series among others including "Anxiety," "Melancholy," "Madonna," "The Kiss" and many more.


Edvard Munch's 'Scream,' is the cornerstone of the #NorwayScream campaign by VisitNorway.com.
Edvard Munch's "Scream," is the cornerstone of the #NorwayScream campaign by VisitNorway.com. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

My friends at Visit Norway have launched a new campaign to commemorate the occasion with this hilarious video—"How to Scream Like a Norwegian" that showcases all the scream-worthy experiences awaiting travelers to this Nordic country.

Here's a video showing you how to scream like a Norwegian:



Top Things to do in Oslo, Norway:


Holmenkollen Ski Jump Arena in Oslo, Norway. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Christopher Hagelund and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Arena in Oslo, Norway. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Christopher Hagelund and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Norway Harbor against the Akershus Fortress. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Nancy Bundt and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Norway Harbor against the Akershus Fortress. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Nancy Bundt and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Among the top sights to see in Oslo are the Munch Museum of course; Oslo Opera House; the National Museum of Art, home to Munch's "Scream;" Holmenkollen where you can see the world-famous ski jump arena renovated for the 1952 Winter Olympics, and the oldest ski museum in the world; Akershus Fortress built as the royal residence in the 14th century by King Hakon V and later rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the early 17th century by King Christian IV; the Royal Palace, home to the Norwegian Royals; and so much more!


The futuristic Norwegian Opera and Ballet building in Oslo, Norway. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Bjørn Eirik Østbakken and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
The futuristic Norwegian Opera and Ballet building in Oslo, Norway. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Bjørn Eirik Østbakken and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Royal Palace in Oslo. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Nancy Bundt and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Royal Palace in Oslo. Photo Credits: Innovation Norway, Nancy Bundt and Visitnorway.com. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Munch 2013

Visit Munch150.no for a complete list of the events and all the dates, times and information you'll need to make the most of your visit to the Munch 150 Celebration in Norway!

42 comments:

  1. What a beautiful country! One of the places in Europe I've wanted to visit but haven't gone. The fjords, the countryside, Oslo - so many reasons to visit and explore. Maybe one of the most beautiful, picturesque countries in Europe. As a traveler and hiker, Norway would be a perfect destination. I've been in love with Europe for years and have been to many countries there. However, I've yet to visit Scandinavia. Maybe I would scream with excitement if I got to visit! :)

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    1. You rock Jeremy!! Thanks so much for all of your support my good friend! I really appreciate it!

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  2. Shared on Facebook and Twitter:

    https://www.facebook.com/ExaminerBudgetTravel/posts/214948948630058

    https://twitter.com/budgettravelsac/status/297856232436408321

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    1. OUTSTANDING!! Keep up the good work and you could win!!

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  3. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for this lovely contest.
    Norway holds a very special place in my heart. Scandinavia has some of the most beautiful, accomplished and hip people in the world. I think we could all learn a thing or two -- or ten -- from them. What a great example they set for the world. Here is a link to an article I wrote, "The Secure and Humble Pride of Bergen, Norway. http://tinyurl.com/bc3bjzy
    Wishing you happy and safe travels always and all ways,
    ~Josie

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    1. Hi there Josie and thank you for that awesome comment! I loved the "learn a thing or two OR TEN from them. We sure can. Thx so much for link as well!

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  4. I have had the pleasure to visit Norway the last 4 years in a row. I have been researching my family ancestry which lead me to an old farm along a clear blue river not far from a glacier......who would have thought that was where my ancestors lived before making the courageous trip to the new world. Each and every time I visit Norway I always go back to the Jostedal area but have also visited another part of the country as well. Last year I attemped to conquer Kjeragbolten but on the way up fell and dislocated my shoulder. I made my way down to the base but had no way to get back to camp. A wonderful young Norwegian woman offered to drive me down and they called for assistance and when I arrived at the hostel there was a helicopter waiting to take me to Stavanger. It was not quite the trip that I have planned but it was certainly memorable. On my next trip one year soon I hope to come in the winter months to see the Northern Lights. I often wonder what my life would have been like if my ancestors had remained in Norway........one can dream.

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    1. Hi Larry and thanks so much for stopping by.

      I am literally blown away by your inspiring story and courageous trek down the mountain. Certainly that must have been quite an ordeal and I am relieved to know that kind Norwegians took such good care of you.

      How incredible that retracing your family's heritage led you to this sublime Nordic land and the experience of seeing that glacier must have been astounding. I haven't seen one yet.

      I too long to see the northern lights and perhaps one year soon, we both will! Please keep dreaming my friend...look how far your dreams have taken you already. The possibilities are endless!

      Now, I only wish that you would stop my more often to leave inspiring tales like these on my site for they add a touch of magic to my article.

      Thank you so very much again.

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    2. Is there a way to post pictures here?

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    3. HI again my friend. No way to post pictures here but you can email them to me and perhaps I can add them to this article. I need to review and approve first of course.

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  5. Munch spend some great years in Kragerø in Telemark. He named the coastal city the perl of the coast, and painted some famous paintings there - among others The Sun that is now decorating the University in Oslo. Telemark is an exciting region in the South of Norway, famous amongst others for the war-history (some might remember Kirk Douglas in the movie Heroes of Telemark). Please look at www.visittelemark.com to see screamworthy Norwegian experiences in this region!

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    1. Hi there my friend and thanks for added insights into Munch! I will certainly explore some of his work and the impact he made to his communities!

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  6. Gorgeous photos! I would love to scream - or at least squeal - in beautiful Norway! Thanks for alerting me to the Edvard Munch celebration, I didn't realize that was this year.

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    1. Hi there Lesley and thanks so much for stopping by to NorwayScream! You keep up the amazing the work and don't forget to post your twitter links here in the comments. Sound good? Thank you for all of your support.

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  7. I would love to win a trip to Norway. I am a descendant of Norwegians. Both of my parent's families are from Norway. We have a family farm north of Trondheim that I would love to visit. I have many family members still living in Norway.
    https://www.facebook.com/debbie.s.petras I linked to the YouTube video on Facebook.

    I wrote a blog post on Heart Choices: http://www.heartchoices.com/2013/02/i-would-love-to-win-trip-to-norway.html

    I shared it on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115973625917627601855/posts

    I hope I generate the most buzz!

    Debbie Sumstad Petras
    debbie@heartchoices.com

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    1. Hi there Debbie and thx for stopping by to share your story and for your support!

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  8. Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramblingtart/status/298555866603470849 and Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/103218150826380603805/posts/WVSvpAnVN65

    :-)

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    1. Way to go my friend! Thank you so very much for all of your support! I really appreciate it...now keep up the momentum and you could win!

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  9. Thanks for the post, Jeff! In 2009, the Art Institute of Chicago hosted a very large exhibit of Munch works which is almost never seen in the United States. It was spectacular! I would strongly recommend anyone going to Norway to visit museums with his works which are truly remarkable and well worth the time. I haven't been to Norway yet but hope to get there soon. Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Hi there Cory and thanks so much for sharing your Munch experiences. I have not yet had to pleasure to see any of his works in person but I hope to change that soon!! Thanks again for stopping by!

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  10. Can you hear me screaming! LOL I've never been to any Scandinavian countries but would relish the opportunity. Thanks for this post on Norway. It really does set the mood to start screaming :)

    https://twitter.com/eurotravelista/status/298870398123118592

    http://www.facebook.com/EuropeanTravelista/posts/441474282590583

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    1. Hi there Debbie and thank you so MUCH for stopping by. I too have been dying to see the Nordic countries and my fingers are crossed. I can't thank you enough for all of your support! I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the post too!

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  11. Visiting Norway has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Especially after meeting some exchange students from "Norge" I have been so eager to go experience the culture and beauty of such an incredible country! If you know me, you know I LOVE NORWAY!!!! (Plus today is my birthday, so that's gotta be good luck for us all, right?!?!)
    Scream submitted! Shared tweets!
    https://twitter.com/EuroTravelogue/status/299289981967552512
    https://twitter.com/krob206/status/297476498170998787
    I listed two but there are many more! :)

    -Kelsey

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    1. Thank you, thank you and thank you Kelsey for all of your support my friend. I too, share your dream in visiting Norway...so keep up the good work and you just may be the lucky one! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to post as many links as you want!

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  12. Shared it on Twitter :) https://twitter.com/FourJandals/status/299483839816929280

    We would love to go back to Norway too!

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    1. Thank you for all of your support my friend!!

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  13. Hi Jeff,

    What an awesome contest! I'd love to see the Munch Museum and walk
    through historic Oslo. :) Their whole foods cuisine and modern food
    scene looks awesome. But more than anything, I've always wanted to see
    Norway because everyone says it looks like my hometown in southeast
    Alaska so I can't wait to hike in those gorgeous fjords!

    Good luck to you! Here's some links below from Twitter and there will
    be plenty more by the 7th! :) I think you should go! (and hopefully I
    win too!)

    https://twitter.com/DaydreamTourist/status/298077885493829632
    https://twitter.com/DaydreamTourist/status/298088227909292033
    https://twitter.com/DaydreamTourist/status/298133084455452672

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    1. Hi there Christina and thank you for all of your support! You've been amazing throughout the contest so keep your fingers crossed my friend!

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  14. I've been to 16 countries in Europe and LOVE LOVE LOVE the outdoors. On Saturday, I am celebrating my birthday in Yosemite. With my love of Europe and the outdoors and celebrating my birthday this weekend, this would be a perfect gift! :) I've been following Visit Norway for a while so this would be perfect for me :)

    Here's another share on Twitter - https://twitter.com/budgettravelsac/status/299599787852976128

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    1. Rock on Jeremy and thank you so much for your continued support! More importantly, have a fabulous Birthday in Yosemite!!

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  15. This would be a great excuse to go to Norway. I'm part Norwegian on my mom's side and we've always thought about going but time and planning gets away from us.
    I remember my great grandparents (great grandma was Norwegian and great grandpa was Swedish) they would tease each other with the rhyme - 1000 Sweeds run through the weeds chased by one Norwegian.

    Murissa

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    1. Hi there Wanderfull Traveler and thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experiences. I loved the little rhyme you sent as well. Would love to hear it from Norwegian! Thx again.

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  16. Hi my friend Jeff. How do I enter to win the trip to Norway? I am following your blog too.

    Thanks bud
    Debbie

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    1. Hi there Debbie and thanks so much for stopping by. Unfortunately, the contest ended on Feb. 7 but I thank you for your interest! They do have a daily give away on Facebook. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/VisitnorwayUSA?sk=app_517106481653962&app_data=do%2Fwelcome%2Fhome%2F You just may win a trip to Norway. Good luck!

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    1. Hi there Andrea and thx so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I too am in love with those views and hope to seem them in person some day soon!

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  19. How fun it would be to visit Norway in 2013 and celebrate Munch and see that beautiful country! Loved the scream video -- I think I could learn to scream like a Norwegian. :)

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    1. HI there Cathy and thanks so much for sharing your NorwayScream. LOL. I think I could learn too after seeing all of their beautiful country!

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  20. Nice! I didn't realize he was Norwegian. Now I know :)

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    1. Hi there Leslie and thanks so much for stopping by. Until this celebration, I never knew he was Norwegian as well. As the old saying goes, "you learn something new everyday."

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