Finland and Norway Itinerary

Busy times here at work. We are hiring a new office assistant, and we’re trying to get that done before I rush off to Europe. And on the home front, there’s a lot going on. Wiscon coming up, getting ready for the big trip, supportive wife stuff. All this makes for a very full life.

Some of you have been asking about my upcoming trip abroad. A writer friend, Catrina Horsfield, and I are going on a writer research trip. She’s going to research Finnish culture, and I want to get a good look at the nature and folklore of Norway. I will eventually use this information in the rewrite of the troll book, as well as the sequel to it. Here’s the itinerary for the trip.

June 10: Arrive in Helsinki.
–We plan to be in Helsinki for three days. We will visit the Akseli Gallen-Kallela Museum in Espoo (Catrina is also an artist), and have an excursion planned to go to the Suomenlinna Fortress.

June 13: Arrive in Turku
–We plan to be in Turku, the old capitol of Finland, for two days.

June 15: Arrive in Oslo
–During our three day stay in Oslo, we will visit the Norsk Folkmuseum, where I will do a ton of research. We’ll also be visiting Akershus and the Viking Ship Museum.

June 18: Arrive in Balestrand
–Visiting Balestrand is all about exploring the beautiful natural area around the Sognefjord.

June 20: Bergen
–We’ll take a cruise to Bergen and spend the next two days enjoying the town. On the 22nd we fly out for our respective cities in the U.S.

So, that’s the skeleton of our plan. As a professor, I’ve been on research trips frequently, and I look forward to this one. Eventually, I’ll sift through the data I gather here.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

2 thoughts on “Finland and Norway Itinerary”

  1. My squee is so high-pitched, you can’t even hear it.

    Folkesmuseum is awesome, Viking Ship Museum is awesome. Make sure you take a little time to poke around the little neighborhood below Akershus and enjoy some beer at one of the cafes. FWIW Ringnes beer from Oslo isn’t as good as Hansa from Bergen, at least IMO.

    Can’t WAIT to hear about your time in Balestrand. About 75% of my peeps are from that area – Lake Jolster/Sunnfjord just to the north, and Aurland just to the west.

    So excited to hear about this trip.

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