Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcome, Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve, or julaften, as it's called in Norwegian. All across Norway at 5 p.m. church bells will ringe julen inn, (ring Christmas in), signifying that the holiday has officially arrived. If you would like to hear the lovely sounds of these bells, NRK has collected them from 22 churches all over Norway. The radio program, called Kim Alle Klokker (Ring All The Bells), has become a tradition on NRK's P1. Here's a link to last's year's bells. Those who don't read Norwegian can simply scroll down to enjoy the nearly two-dozen audio files from across the country.

For those interested in learning more about Norwegian radio, stay tuned for the February issue of Viking. We'll highlight information on streaming programs online, as well as radio apps for your smartphone. In the meantime, enjoy the bells and God Jul from the staff of Viking magazine! 

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. 

Photo courtesy of Flikr user bentekalsnes.

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