Are you planning a trip to Tromsø next winter to see the Northern Lights? There’s countless of information out there on whether to book a Northern Lights tour, what to wear and what to see - but what are the things you should NOT, under any circumstance, do? Read on to find out!
So, I had to visit the dentist recently, for the first time since moving to Norway, and let me tell you - it ain’t cheap! It’s so expensive, in fact, that I briefly considered a trip to Poland to get my teeth fixed there… Luckily, I did manage to find an affordable way to visit the dentist in Norway though and I’m sharing all my money-saving secrets, along with more information on dental and healthcare in Norway in this video!
Been to Copenhagen multiple times and think you’ve seen it all? Think again! Copenhagen is my favourite city in Scandinavia and the Nordics, and even though I’ve now been 4 times, I still seem to encounter new and exciting places and things to do on every visit. In this article, I’ll share some of my favourite spots and activities with you!
Whether you move here to work or study, life in Norway is super expensive and it’s difficult to live on a budget. Difficult, however, doesn’t mean impossible! I’ve been making the budget life in Norway work for me ever since moving here as a student and although there’s no way of getting around the fact that the cost of living is just really high in Norway, I’ve had plenty of time to learn how best to save money during the last 4,5 years.
Having lived in and explored the Nordics quite extensively over the past few years, I often forget that not everyone is quite as crazy about snow and hygge as I am. In fact, it seems that not everyone even knows what the Nordics really are! Since that’s (sort of) mind-boggling to me, I’ve decided to do something about it and bust 7 common misconceptions and myths about the Nordics in this article!
Every summer, thousands of tourists come to Stavanger for one reason only: to hike Pulpit Rock (and maybe Kjerag too). Did you know that the city has a ton of other things to offer, though? And that the trail leading up to Pulpit Rock is notoriously crowded? Why not take the boat to an island in the fjord, just a short cruise from the city centre, where you can enjoy Norway’s nature in peace? I’ve recently explored Lindøy - one of Stavanger’s city islands in its mini-archipelago in the Byfjord (city fjord) and had an absolute blast! Here’s all you need to know in order to explore Stavanger’s city islands yourself.
If renting a car abroad is something that scares you, you’re not alone. I haven’t sat behind the wheel of a car since moving to Norway and I don’t intend to change that anytime soon (I’m SUCH a nervous driver!). Luckily for you and me, you don’t necessarily need a car to explore Norway, Sweden and Denmark as Scandinavia can easily be visited by train! In this article, I’ll present you with my favourite itinerary to Scandinavia, as well as further information on travel in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, so that all you need to do is book that ticket and go!
In this spoonie travel guide to Copenhagen, I’m therefore going to present the city in regards to how easy it is to visit with a chronic illness: Where can you take a break and enjoy a packed lunch with foods you know you tolerate? Where you can you visit the restroom? What kind of activity is there to do on a day when you just don’t have much energy available? Scroll down to read the answers to these and more questions and don’t forget to share the article with anyone you think might benefit from it!
Northern Norway stretches over almost 113,000 square kilometres, so it’s no surprise that you might feel a little lost trying to decide where to visit and trying to create an itinerary for your trip! Fortunately for you, I’ve had the chance to travel quite extensively between Norway’s northernmost village and Saltfjellet - the mountain range that sits right on the Arctic Circle - during the 3 years I’ve lived in Northern Norway myself. In this article, I’ll thus present you with 3 different itineraries for a trip to Northern Norway (in summer or winter!) lasting from 4 to 7 to 10 days.
From now on, this little space of mine, along with my YouTube and all social media channels, is called “Nordic Wanders”. To me, the name provides a lot more freedom to write about Northern Europe in general, whereas with "Snow in Tromso” I always felt like going off-topic if I didn’t write about Tromsø or the Arctic, let alone another country than Norway. The name also represents my own journey (or wander - get it?) of how I first travelled around Northern Europe, before moving to Tromsø and then going on to live in Stavanger and exploring more of Northern Europe from there. I had no idea of where I would end up back then and I have no idea of where I’ll end up now, but one thing is for sure - I’m most passionate about Northern Europe and the Arctic, so running a blog with a broader focus on the north will hopefully allow me to do this for maybe another 5 years?!
With only 7 hours of daylight, an average temperature of 3 degrees Celsius and plenty of rain, visiting Copenhagen in winter can make for quite a cold and wet adventure. Fortunately for you, though, I recently made the test and visited Copenhagen in December to find out what Denmark’s cosy capital is really like during winter - and, more importantly, how you can make the most of your visit even if it’s grey and rainy!
You guys know that I’m madly in love with the Arctic, right? I mean, I might had to give up living there after 3 years but if the name of this blog is any indication, I still am a sucker for snow! Even though I’ve been living in Tromsø for several years, though, I never felt as much appreciation for the region as I did when I visited Svalbard. Suddenly, the Arctic felt the way I’d always imagined it to be: remote, majestic and different from anything else I’ve ever experienced!
After 4 years of living in Norway and 3,5 years of dating a Norwegian, I thought it was about time to tell you everything I know about dating in Norway and more importantly, what Norwegian men (and women) are like! Of course, it’s very difficult to generalize the dating culture in Norway, so this video is based on personal experiences. Hopefully it does give you a better idea of what to expect, though, if you plan on moving to Norway yourself!
Plenty of snow and temperatures below 0 - yes, Norway in winter is quite chilly, but that doesn’t mean that you have to look like the Michelin Man when visiting! Regardless of whether you’re headed to Tromsø to see the Northern Lights or are just planning a weekend in Oslo for New Year’s Eve, I’ll show you how I dress in winter myself and provide you with some cute outfit ideas that’ll let you visit Norway in style - even in winter!
Excuse the Buzzfeed-style title but there just are some places in the Nordics that can’t be described as anything other than epic! Personally, I’m a sucker for snowy landscapes and cabin holidays, and really don’t mind the cold of the Arctic at all. I happily spend hours frolicking in the snow and capturing the beauty, totally forgetting about the cold - until I notice that my hair is frozen and my camera is about to freeze up as well… This article, thus, aims to present 9 unique choices of accommodation throughout the Nordics, that’ll provide an unforgettable winter wonderland experience!
Cruise tourism has boomed in Norway in recent years and while the local economy definitely profits from it (my job as a tour guide wouldn’t exist without the cruises), it does have a huge impact on the local communities as well. In my new video, I’m therefore talking about how the locals really perceive cruise tourists, as well as all the little things that you need to remember before embarking on your cruise to discover more of Norway:
As you might know, I absolutely love all things Nordic and there are so many things to buy someone like me - whether one of your loved ones is planning a trip up north or whether they’re just equally crazy about the Nordics as I am. The following list will give you some inspiration for Nordic Christmas gifts, ranging from jewellery, clothes and cosmetics to entertainment and interior.
While it doesn’t have the fame of Bergen’s Bryggen, the iconic modern architecture of Oslo, the mysterious allure of the northern lights, or the spectacular panoramas of the western fjords, I would argue that Trondheim is a good shout for Norway’s most photogenic place. Before I show you why, I should make a confession that I do live in Trondheim, so I may be somewhat biased… but give me a few moments to convince you!
Aarhus is the second biggest city of Denmark and was the European Capital of Culture 2017. Did I visit in 2017? Yes! Did I jump on the bandwagon and write about Aarhus and the festivities for its year of culture? Nope. I’m totally behind, but the good news is that I’m finally catching up! I actually spent an entire week in Denmark and got to admire 4 other charming Danish towns that you should totally visit as well! I was based in Aarhus for my entire stay and even though I didn’t get the chance to explore nearly as much as I’d have liked, I hope you’ll still find this mini-guide to Aarhus useful for future reference!