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Bringing Stringed Instruments to Life with @jacobvdlippe

For more moments from Jacob’s workshop, follow @jacobvdlippe on Instagram.

“With a new instrument, the musician can actually shape the sound in the first years, making it an integral part in their way of communicating music,” explains Norwegian violin and cello maker Jacob von der Lippe (@jacobvdlippe). “Instead of doing repairs, I focused on making new right from the start.”

For Jacob, who took up cello at age eight, music has been a lifelong pursuit. “My parents were passionate about music, and encouraged my playing,” he says. At 17, he built his first cello as a school project. “From then on, I was hooked.”

“Being able to work with a craft merged with music was something that really appealed to me,” explains Jacob, who spent five years in Cremona, Italy—the violin’s birthplace—studying the trade. Fourteen years and nearly sixty violins later, Jacob’s creations have found their way into the hands of musicians around the globe.

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Bracing Nature “At Its Most Raw and Wild” in Norway’s Lofoten Islands

For more photos and videos from Norway’s Lofoten Islands, explore the Skrøva location page, browse the #@skrova hashtag and follow @eivindnatvig on Instagram.

Nestled among the craggy mountains of Norway’s northern coast, the Lofoten Islands are some of the most idyllic on earth. Situated on a small group of islands, the fishing village of Skrøva is home to just a few hundred residents, and tourists flock to the area in the summer months seeking retreat from the modern world. The natural arctic surroundings provide the perfect setting for hiking, watching whales and spotting the Aurora Borealis in the clear night skies. With just a few daylight hours for most of the year, long sunrises and sunsets bathe Skrøva’s white sand beaches and jagged mountain backdrop in a pink light.

Living in Skrøva also lets you experience weather “at its most raw and wild,” says local Instagrammer Eivind Natvig (@eivindnatvig), who captures breathtaking moments from Skrøva’s natural landscapes on Instagram. “Skrøva is somewhere you can experience human vulnerability to the elements,” he says. “When storms come in, we are often isolated from the rest of the world, which provides a wonderful freedom but has its own set of challenges.”

"As one of a handful of people lucky enough to live on Skrøva, I have the unique opportunity to witness and share the daily changes in our incredible nature with Instagrammers around the world," says Elvind. "I hope my photography can bring something different to the way people see Lofoten."

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Nobel Peace Prize 2013 Ceremony at Norway’s Oslo Rådhus

For more photos and videos from the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, view the Oslo Rådhus location page. Tune in all five other Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm at the Konserthuset location page.

On Tuesday, December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, Nobel Laureates will attend an award ceremony to receive prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. The ceremonies take place every year to hand out a Nobel medal and a diploma which documents the prize money. All of the award ceremonies except one take place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Konserthuset and prize documents are signed by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The Peace Prize, the best known of the evening’s awards, is granted at the Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus) in Norway in the presence of King Harald V of Norway. The Rådhus took 19 years to complete from 1931-1950 following the outbreak of World War II in 1940. Designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, artists from all over Norway also contributed to decorate the halls. The ceremony takes place on the same day as crowds gather in South Africa to remember Nelson Mandela, who was awarded the Peace Prize 20 years ago today.

Earlier this year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This marked the second consecutive year that the prize went to an organization rather than an individual, after the European Union (EU) won the prize in 2012.

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Chasing Glaciers in Svalbard, Norway, with @arni_coraldo

When not on the road or in the air, Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo) spends his days captaining a commercial salmon fishing vessel in Bristol Bay, Alaska. For about five months each year, however, Corey is dispatched to photograph some of the coldest and most remote corners of the globe. When packing for his expeditions, Corey always leaves room for his iPhone and uses Instagram to share a window into his travels.

"Instagram has been a great way to post a behind the scenes look at my life on the road with friends and share my adventures with a growing audience," says Corey. "I often shoot many thousands of images while traveling and few of those images ever see the light of day, so it is great to have an instant outlet for those."

Recently, Corey spent several weeks in Svalbard, Norway, documenting glaciers for Project Pressure (@projectpressure). “Project Pressure,” says Corey, “is creating the world’s first interactive glacier archive and collaborating with scientists to share information and photographs in order to better understand climate change.”

"I was based out of a Polish polar research station in the south and spent my days traveling long distances with too much equipment, hiking over glaciers and climbing mountains."

The landscape was among the most spectacular Corey has ever witnessed: “Mountains of sheer rock rise straight up from the sea surrounded by endless miles of calving glaciers. Meanwhile reindeer, arctic, foxes and polar bears roam the shores.”

Even though his expedition recently ended, Corey looks forward to returning. “I never know where I’m going to go next, but you can count on more arctic adventures.” He also has a book launch and several exhibitions in the works for the coming year.

In the meantime, expect photos from Corey’s life as a fisherman where Instagram serves a different role. “As a commercial fisherman, I see Instagram as a great way to educate the public about issues I’m very passionate about like our battle to prevent large scale industrial copper mining in the headwaters of Bristol Bay.”

To see the world through Corey’s lens, follow @arni_coraldo on Instagram.

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Preikestolen Cliff in Norway

Want to see more photos? Check out pictures taken at Preikestolen.

The number of names a landmark has often signals its importance to the local community. Preikestolen plateau in southwestern Norway has at least five different names; it’s also known as Prekestolen, in English Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and traditionally as Hyvlatonnå meaning the carpenter-plane’s blade.

Preikestolen stands at a massive 604 meters (1,982 feet) and is nearly flat at its top. It was formed during the Ice age, when the edges of a glacier froze into the sides of the mountain and later broke off abrupt portions of rock forming the angular plateau. Hundreds of thousands of people make the 3.8 km hike each year to get a stunning and terrifying view of the Lysefjorden below.

Beliebers Flock to Oslo for Free Show

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Want to see more photos of Justin Bieber’s Oslo concert? Check out pictures taken at the Oslo Operahuset.

Justin Bieber performed a free six-song concert yesterday in Oslo, Norway that nearly caused a state of emergency. Swarms of people rushed the venue, a dozen fans passed out, and there were 88 reported hospital visits. The concert slowed mobile service in the area, but Instagrammers were still able to capture some pictures of the chaotic event.