Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 reasons why guide books are bad for you

Not my favourite kind of book shop. 

Travel guide books. I hate them. I hate them like garden owners hate smelly little apple stealing brats. Guide books reduce your creativity and destroys impulsiveness.  A lot of people use guide books to plan their holidays to death. All I know is that any such plans must, shall and have to be changed. So why make them in the first place?

Monday, January 12, 2015

How to travel to Antarctica

Tuxedo chasing penguin on King Georg Island. All photos Creative Commons licensed: Gunnar Garfors.  

Name a continent. All of them have a human history going back thousands and thousands of years. Except for the only uninhabited one. Antarctica was first discovered around 1820, and the South Pole wasn't visited until December 14, 1911 when my fellow countryman Roald Amundsen skied in and narrowly beat British Robert Falcon Scott to it. Antarctica is still rather hard and costly to visit.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Fido and Facebook Filthier than Flying

Approaching Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, in Argentina.
Yes, so I fly. A lot. Does that make me a bad person? The reason why island nations around the world are "sinking"? One of the most wanted people alive for crimes against climate?


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Korleis slakte ein slaktar

Fortener boka eller bokmeldinga slakt?

Det er enkelte bokmeldarar som har fått med seg at eg har skrive mi første bok, "198 - Mi reise om alle verdas land". Dei fleste av dei hevdar å like kva dei las. Men ikkje alle. Ikkje Helge Baardseth i Vagabond, ei slags guidebok som no og då kjem ut i magasinform.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Media: All requirements for FM switch-off fulfilled

765 DAB transmitting towers provide 99.5% indoor DAB+ coverage in Norway.

The radio listening figures for the last three months made Ole Jørgen Torvmark a happy man. Over 50% of Norwegians now listen to digital radio daily. That means that all the government's requirements have been fulfilled in order for a switch off of FM to happen in Norway 2017.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lonely Planet's big travel hoax

No, Tonga is not on any of Lonely Planet's many lists.

Hurrah! The top travel list of Lonely Planet is out for next year, and my country is on the list! Oh, wait. There isn't only one list. There are several. No, I mean many. As in loads!

Monday, October 06, 2014

So you think you wanna write for

This site had one million hits in 2013, most of them for travel related posts. I regularly receive offers from guest writers, promising me amazing stories in return for money, a link to a website or the possibility to add "published on" to their CV. I have turned most down. Why?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

How to track a travel world record

My brother Øystein and I visited all 19 Norwegian counties in one day.
We celebrated in Finnmark, the last and northernmost one. 

Having visited every country in the world makes me prone to receive a particular question. What next?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

19 countries in one day

We managed 19 countries in less than 24 hours.

Yay! We managed to visit 19 countries in 23 hours and 33 minutes, all in one day on September 21. That's a world record. See how we did it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vi var Noreg rundt, alle 19 fylka på éin dag

Ei av bøkene vert til bokflaskepost. Kven finn ho og kva tid? 

Boka mi "198" om mi reise til alle verdas land kjem ut på torsdag. Korleis kunne ho vel betre lanserast enn å reise til alle Noregs fylke, på éin dag? Tenkte i alle fall eg.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Omtaler av boka "198" /// Reviews of "198"

The most common short form review of films, music and litterature in Norway is a die.
To "get a sixer" is the best that can happen. I "got a fiver" in my first Norwegian review. 

Boka "198" om mine reiser til alle verdas land kjem ut på Samlaget 18. september. Her samlar eg omtaler frå inn- og utland samt tilbakemeldingar frå lesarar. /// I have a new hobby; Collecting reviews and readers' feedback of "198". Most of them are in Norwegian, but there is always Google Translate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Boklansering 18. september i Naustdal, Bergen og Oslo

Frå Samlaget sin haustkatalog.

I boka si ånd vert det feil å ha lansering berre éin stad. Torsdag 18. september startar lanseringsturnéen med morgonkaffi i Naustdal før den held fram med forfriskningar i Bergen til lunsj og hovudlansering i Oslo klokka 18:00. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My first book review

I have written a book about the 198 countries in the world. The Norwegian version hits the shelves in September,
whereas the English version should be ready for release next year. Photo: Linda Cartridge/Samlaget. 
So, I have written a book. It will come to Norwegian book shops on September 18. And yet, I am working on the English translation too. I sent the unfinished version to a former fellow student of mine for feedback.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Media: LTE Uses 40 Times the Electricity of DAB+

Some antenna towers must be secured better than others. This is on Faroe Islands. 

No, you didn't misread. And that is for poorer coverage too, according to Teknisk vekeblad. We are not looking at a minor difference, we are talking 40 times the usage.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ban Upheld; I Cannot Wear This in France

No need to pack the burqa I tried on in Afghanistan for my next France trip. Photo: Marius Arnesen
The European Court of Human Rights has today upheld France's ban on wearing the burqa in public, according to France 24.

Monday, June 02, 2014

100,000 Flights a Day

There's always a train. Or so a Norwegian saying goes. These days, planes seem to be catching up though. There has never been more flights per day. But just how many daily departures, and arrivals, are there world-wide?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pre-order the English Version of "198"

The Norwegian cover.

My book "198" was published in Norwegian on September 18, 2014. I get a lot of questions about the English version. It has been translated, and it is now being edited as you read. I hope to be able to publish it in 2015. If you are a publisher, you may even want to release it.

It will help to show that I have some pre-orders in order to get a final signature from a publisher in an English speaking country. If you are interested, please email me from here, and you will be contacted as soon as a launch date has been confirmed (and receive a discount).

The first reviews are already out.

It retails at $48 in Norway, the world's most expensive country. I assume that it will be cheaper elsewhere.

Everything but caviar and diapers is.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Årets 17. mai-tale i Naustdal

Foto: Øystein Garfors. 

Eg var så heldig å verte invitert til å halde hovudtalen i Naustdal på 17. mai, 2014. Talen følgjer under i skriftleg form for spesielt interesserte.

Friday, May 09, 2014

We got some world records, but not all

Take no prisoners! We aimed high, missed a flight and lost three hours. When we also ran into a closed road, we were a few minutes short of improving the current world record, visiting most countries in one day.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Madness in the making, aiming for another world record

Gunnar Garfors (left, Øystein Djupvik and Tay-young Pak at Oslo Airport the day before the day.
Photo can be used free of charge, please credit 

Four friends managed to visit 17 countries in 24 hours in 2012. Can the record be beaten?