Pay a visit to Hell, Norway

Voyagers can watch hell freeze over every winter.

Voyagers can watch hell freeze over every winter.

Hell, Norway, has gained notoriety thanks to its name and frigid temperatures. The quaint village is located in the Lånke area of the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway.

Many visitors looking for an extended vacation from cruises in Norway can swing by Hell - snapping a photograph of themselves in front of the town's train station signs is a popular tourist draw. In fact, the sign reads "Hell: Gods-expedition," which is actually a clever play on the Norwegian term "godsekspedisjon," which means "cargo handling!"

As for the town's name, oddly enough, hell means "luck" in Norwegian. It is derived not from the fiery furnace, but from the Old Norse word hellir, which meant "cliff cave."

On any given day, you'll find red-roofed houses, a grocery store and even a church. But if you time your trip to Hell right, you can catch the Blues in Hell music festival, an event that takes place at Hell Station in September. The fest started in 1991 and has been drawing local blues musicians and music lovers ever since. In 2013, the festival brought the legendary American blues singer, Sugar Pie DeSanto, who used to sing with Etta James.

Fun fact: The town's most famous native, Mona Grudt, won the 1990 Miss Universe beauty pageant calling herself the "beauty queen from Hell."

The jokes are infinite - or eternal - so if you want to get in on the fun, schedule a visit to Hell. Normally, hell freezes over from December through March, a solid third of the year. 

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