Three reasons why you need to explore the area of Vulkan

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Vulkan is the name of the area located on the western side of the river Akerselva, nearby (and part of) city district Grünerløkka. It’s a constantly developing area, with plenty of cool attractions. Here’s three reasons why Vulkan is worth a detour from your sightseeing in Grünerløkka.

1. It’s an exciting area. The area of Vulkan used to be an industrial area, that in 2004 started to be transformed into what it is today – a constantly vibrating area. From the start, the area have become a hub for culture and creativity; Oslo’s first food market is located here, the offices often belong to progressive companies, and the restaurants and shops all blend in perfectly in that mix. Here’s (link) a glimpse of the venues located here.

2. If we were to describe the architecture that defines this neighborhood it would be new and improved. It’s all built in a way that’s good for the environment – it’s eco-friendly and built to be sustainable. When it comes to cooling and heating, the area of Vulkan is self-sufficient in energy. Oh, and it looks fab too. Is this the future for architecture in Oslo? We hope so!

3. It’s crammed with cool street art. Here, mural painting is legal and artists from all across the world have participated in making the walls something out of the ordinary. Brenneriveien and Ingens Gate are two excellent examples on how great street art really can be. For more art, visit Brenneriveien Gallery Shop or Galleri Vulkan on Maridalsveien 13.

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Embrace autumn at Skansen’s Autumn Fair

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Whether you like it or not, Autumn is coming and here to stay. Let’s embrace it! One of our best way to do so is to head to the Open-Air Museum of Skansen for their annual autumn fair. 

With the leaves slowly falling on the ground, there’s no cosier place to be than Skansen. Every year, the autumn fair is held in the end of September. The festival gathers local farmers and smallholders, and gives you the chance to see what it was like in the good old days on the country side. You can shop textiles, toys, candy, bread and buns, woodcrafts and much more on the market. There’s food for sale (of course soup in the spirit of Autumn) and warm schnapps to warm you up. Besides the food and shopping, hang around to listen to traditional music, watch old-fashioned dancing and learn about how life in Sweden was in the 1900s. The market is open on the 23-24th of September, between 11.00 to 16.00.

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Flea markets in Copenhagen

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With summer behind us, what better way to spend a Saturday in Copenhagen then to go bargain hunting on flea markets? Here’s a few that takes place this autumn.

Autumn is really the season where the markets overflows in Copenhagen. The residents of the city are eager to get rid of their summer costumes and it’s your opportunity to make real finds.

Onkel Dannys Loppemarked, 24th of September, Onkel Dannys Plads at Halmtorvet 
Don’t let the name, translating to “Uncle Danny’s Flea Market”, scare you away. This is one of the most popular markets in city district Vesterbro. Here you’ll find everything from vintage clothing and accessories, LP records and toys.

Flea market at Ravnsborggade, Nørrebro, 24th of September + 19th of November
Ravnsborggade is, most of the time, a focal point and street for vintage and antiques. The street’s crammed with antiques shops! For two days the whole street will transform into a big flea market. Buy unique antiques and alternative art, as well as local vegetables and crops.

Copenhagen’s biggest flea market at Bella Center, 4 – 5 November, Amager
For the small price of DKK 40 you can be part of what’s Copenhagen’s biggest flea market, held at Bella Center in Amager. The metro line M1 stops at Bella Center. More details can be found here.

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Panoramica Latin American Film Festival

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From the 20th to 24th of September, you can experience great films from another part of the world, when the festival Panoramica Latin American Film Festival takes place in Stockholm.

Set in the cosiest of movie theatres that Stockholm has to offer – Bio Rio, Zita Folkets Bio and Klarabiografen – 32 screenings will take place. Everything from movies, documentaries and short films is found on the program and they all have one thing in common – it’s all from Latin America. The festival aims to spread quality films in Sweden from this region, and at the same time widen the diversity of films shown in Sweden. To see the movies or participate in seminars, you have to become a member at Panoramica. The membership card is valid for every event and costs SEK 80.

Full program can be found on the festival’s website.

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Looking for hot spots and posh shops in Stockholm? Stureplan!

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Stockholm is a big capital with city districts filled with different characteristics. If you want to visit the fancy shops, hang out with the posh people and go partying with the hot shots of the city, the area around Stureplan is the place to go. 

Stureplan is really only the name of the public square between city districts Norrmalm and Östermalm, but to most stockholmers the area surrounding it beholds the name too. It’s where many big streets of the city meet – Kungsgatan, Sturegatan and Birger Jarlsgatan. Next to the square you will find many of the city’s most popular clubs; Spy Bar, Sturecompagniet, Laroy and Hell’s Kitchen. It’s also the home to many posh restaurants such as Sturehof, Riche and Vassa Eggen. It’s here that you’ll find businessmen taking their after works, mixed with the celebrities (and sometimes even members of the royal family) and upper-class teenagers. Nearby you’ll find the most expensive shopping street of the city: Biblioteksgatan. It’s just not because of the price tags of the clothes hanging here – the rents are some of the highest in the entire city. Thus, the tenants are stores like Versace, LV, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs and Gucci. If you want to have a day soaked in luxury, now you know where to go. Just take the metro (or simply walk if your hotel is located in the inner-city) to Östermalmstorg.

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Things to do in Copenhagen this month

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Are you visiting Copenhagen in September? There’s, as always, plenty of fun things to do in the capital of Denmark. Here’s a few suggestions!

Indulge in beer & whisky on Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival
During three days, you can challenge your senses and try beer and whisky at Forum Copenhagen. Between the 14th and 16th, Copenhagen Beer & Whisky estival takes place here and gives you a chance to experience some of the best producers of Danish beer and whisky. By a ticket for this thirst quenching festival here.

The Golden Days are here
In celebration of Copenhagen’s 850 years, a festival is taking place under the name Golden Days Festival. From the 2nd to 17th of September, under 16 days, there will be events of all kinds in the city. Everything from exhibitions to food and drinks events. Most points on the program are in Danish, but there are some English delights as well. The full program can be found on The Golden Days website.

For the movie lover – CPH PIX
CPH PIX is the name of Denmark’s international film feature festival. From the 28th of September to 11th of October, you can choose between hundreds of movie screenings. On the program you’ll find everything from Danish producers to foreign film. The program is to be published on CPH PIX’s website soon.

 

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