We come from three different continents,

with different experiences and backgrounds. 


All are dedicated to the same goal -

through different projects and initiatives,

tell the world about what we call:

"Norway - One of the world's best kept secrets" ©


Fish and Tulips

The Fish and Tulips project is a collaboration with the Telemark-based company BioEq. The goal is to establish a sustainable and future-oriented aquaculture industry in inland Norway.


Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) that grow fish and plants together in an integrated system.

We have chosen the name Fish and Tulips for this project to reflect the potential to create a sustainable and future-oriented aquaculture industry inland.


Both fish and plants work together in harmony to complete the ecosystem. The aim of the Fish and Tulip initiative is to establish a sustainable and future-oriented aquaculture industry with freshwater fish in the country.


Increased Knowledge and Cooperation


The essential questions include:


· What opportunities exist inland?

· How are our water resources affected?

· What is the experience of other countries?

· How to achieve sustainability, also financially?


The Fish and Tulips Initiative is centered around six of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are at the heart of the 2030 agenda, balancing the economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development.


We are working with the European Aquaponics Association and others to expand the possibilities for cooperation between Norway and several countries in Europe.

For more information see the Norwegian website Fish and TulipsAn international English site is currently in development. 



When the new road past Kongsberg opens later this year, Notodden in Telemark is only 90 minutes from Oslo by car.  But it was not always so simple.


Telemark was Norway’s ‘Wild West’, full of mystery, a land of natural beauty from the rugged mountains in the north to the rocky coastline in the south. The settlement that later was part of a defiantly independent region. This was a land of legend, respected – and feared.


The Birthplace 

In 1905, this world changed forever when Industrialist Sam Eyde arrived in Notodden and declared he was going to tame the thundering waterfalls of the region to create new industries driven by hydroelectric power – a radical new concept. The 2nd Industrial Revolution – Powered by Nature – began here in Notodden.


There is much that can be experienced here in Notodden. Home of Notodden Blues Festival, Juke Joint Studio and much more. When Little Steven Van Zandt first came to Notodden in 2015 with David John Smith, he said:


"Why haven’t you told me about this place before?"


Since that first visit in 2015, ‘Little Steven’ has been back to Notodden every single year.

Contact us and learn why. Let us tell you more about this hidden treasure in the heart of Vestfold-Telemark.

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The Authentic Viking

Norway Communicates is working with educational, research, cultural and historical institutions - in search of the Authentic Viking.


In today's Norway, as was the case in the Viking Age, the structure of government, business and organizations is flat and open - anyone from the prime minister down is relatively accessible. This is part of what it means to be Norwegian.


Far from being an isolated culture, the Vikings traveled far and wide throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The community had a simple structure.

Vikings - men and women - could choose their profession, farmers, craftsmen, merchants and soldiers. Youth, especially those with a small fortune, chose to go out into the world. This is the spirit of what it is to be Norwegian.


Norway is a country that has changed so fundamentally in the past three decades that it is striving to find itself and its new identity in the global environment.

Still, the "Norwegian Dream" is a simple one, aspiring to secure the basic necessities – a place to work, a place to live, food - the basic sustenance of material things necessary to have a good, basic, honest life.

Is the modern Norwegian culture directly connected to the Viking roots?

Through various projects such as The Sustainable Viking, we are searching for the Authentic Viking and what it means to Norway – and the world.

Contact us and learn more.


Rock and Roll Forever Foundation - TeachRock

Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF)’s TeachRock has signed its first international agreements, an important educational milestone.


Norway Communicates facilitated this Oslo, Norway agreement between DKS Telemark (The Cultural Backpack), the Oslo-based Edvard Munch High School and Little Steven's TeachRock.


TeachRock asks young people what music they are listening to. Then their interest is used to get them excited to learn and discuss social affairs, history, politics, civil rights, injustice and other topics that matter in society.


According to Steven Van Zandt,


‘In 2007 I created the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and the TeachRock education program using music as the most accessible, effective, and lasting method of creating a common ground for communication between teachers and students.’


‘At the time TeachRock was founded there had been major budget cutbacks within the arts all through the United States. People said that we didn’t have a chance to succeed. But we didn’t give up, we knew that it was possible. And we were right.’ 


For the country of Norway, this also represents the excellent opportunity for regional educational initiatives to coordinate across county lines with a curriculum quite similar to the Norwegian method of teaching.

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Wild Telemark DKS Media Portal

Created by Norway Communicates in collaboration with Den kulturelle skolesekken (The Cultural Backpack) in Vestfold Telemark, this media portal is part of film location website  Wild Telemark, and contains valuable film, photo and media career information for Norwegian students. Contributors include:


Ian Brodie

Partner in Norway Communicates, Ian Brodie is an internationally acclaimed film photographer and author. In Ian Brodies Film World we will focus on the different film elements from the different films where Ian has been part of the production team:


- The Lord of the Rings

- The Hobbit

- The Chronicles of Narnia  

- Birkebeiner

- The Heavy Water War


Per Ole Hagen

Partner in Norway Communicates, instructor at the University of Oslo, concert photographer, music director at NRK P1 and music rights manager at NRK, Per Ole Hagens Photo World focuses on practical and legal aspects of photography.


Here we focus on the areas such as:


- Master the manual photo shoot  

- Understanding the nature of light

- Analysis of classical photos and photographers

- Understand the power of composition

- Editing


The Media Portal also contains handy movie tips for young media talents and other useful information for youth who want to make film and photography their hobby – or career of choice.



Interactive E-Book

Norway Communicates has been commissioned by Vestfold and Telemark county to create an E-book about the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage site, a designated UNESCO site.


This E-book will profile the UNESCO Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, showing its national and international importance in modern history.


Here was the birthplace of the Second Industrial Revolution, the world's most modern heavy industry, employing thousands of industrial workers in what had been two small villages in Upper Telemark only a few years prior.


 In 1905, this world changed forever when Industrialist Sam Eyde arrived in Notodden and declared he was going to tame the thundering waterfalls of the region of Notodden and Rjukan to the north to create new industries driven by hydroelectric power – a radical new concept.


Money was a challenge. Norway had gained independence in that same year of 1905, and was one of Europe’s poorest countries. Searching for investors, Sam Eyde travelled to Paris, to New York, to Stockholm. He raised more money than all the Norwegian banks combined.


Eyde and Professor Kristian Birkeland tamed the waterfalls, built the hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines, factories, transport systems and towns to manufacture nitrogen fertilizer. Their work marked a turning point for humanity – so important in ending the massive hunger disaster of the early 1900s.


Globalization and travel have stopped - for now. In these special times, and more than ever before, people will use technology and the Internet to explore the world. This E-book under development by Norway Communicates will be a prime example of the possibilities in this new COVID-19 world.