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!
To be honest, though, I still get reactions of people who can’t understand why I would choose Stavanger over Tromsø, and I think there’s also some people who think that my boyfriend Simon and I will eventually move back north for good (nope!). So, I thought this would be the perfect time to compare life in Tromsø with life in Stavanger and give you the detailed rundown of why I love living in Stavanger so much!
It’s prime Northern Lights season at the moment and it seems like every provider of Northern Lights safaris throughout Northern Norway, Swedish and Finnish Lapland, as well as Iceland, says that their destination is the best one to watch the Northern Lights – for so many different, not always actually entirely true, reasons. Thus, I thought I’d talk about some common Northern Lights myths I’ve encountered recently with you in this video!
Well, if you’d honestly ask me, I would give you a list of places I find suitable for a Christmas vacation that wouldn’t include Norway (or any of the Nordic countries for that matter), but I really don’t want to ruin your Christmas spirit. Yes, Norway can be the magical winter wonderland you’re looking for - however, it highly depends on where you’re planning to go exactly! In this post, I’m therefore highlighting everything you should consider before booking that Christmas/New Year’s Eve trip to Norway!
You want to live in Norway and experience all the gorgeous sights that tourists get to see for free - or even better - while getting paid for it? It’s the end of the guiding season for me now and to say that I’m exhausted is an understatement - BUT I’m already looking forward to summer next year as I’m going to work as a tour guide in Stavanger again! And maybe you’ll be my new colleague? Here’s everything you need to know if you want to work as a tour guide in Norway!
This summer, I’ve been working as a tour guide in Stavanger and while I love answering people’s questions about the country, there were some questions I simply wasn’t prepared for! In this video, I collected 7 of the most random questions I’ve been asked about Norway over the summer, and I made sure to research their answers to share them with you :)
Whenever I tell my cruise guests that I’ve moved to Norway 4 years ago and that yes, I am permanently living in the country without any plans to ever move back to Germany, they almost always assume I did so because of love. It makes sense, right? Most people either move abroad to be with a loved one and/or because work requires them to do so. Neither of these two reasons applied to me. I first and foremost moved abroad because I wanted to. I didn’t know a single soul in Tromsø before moving there in 2014 - yet, I arrived on a very rare, sunny and warm, August evening with two overweight suitcases that held the secret to how I managed to build a life in Norway from scratch: my admission to pursue a Master’s degree at the local university.
You have decided to visit Northern Norway to experience the Northern Lights or just to escape the tourist crowds of the south and explore the true wilderness of Norway? You’ve done a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that the Lofoten Islands look gorgeous as well, but you’re not quite confident to drive a car abroad - especially not during winter? Or maybe you’d just like to combine a Nordic city trip with exploring Norway’s great outdoors? Whatever it is that puts you in the position of having to decide between Bodø and Tromsø, I’m going to give you the rundown of both cities and tell you the good, bad and ugly about them, so that hopefully, you’ll be able to make a decision in no time!
Of course, how locals deal with winter depends a lot on each individual person and where they live exactly. Having lived for 3 years in the Norwegian Arctic and (at this point) 1 year in Southern Norway, I know that perceptions about winter differ greatly throughout the north and south of Norway alone, so surely they differ a lot more across cultures. The general attitude about winter seems to differ between areas north and south of the Arctic Circle, though. While most people I know in Tromsø or Bodø in Northern Norway are either quite fond of winter or simply don’t really care about the lack of daylight much, people here in the south of the country seem to be affected a lot more. What seems to be the key in this issue isn’t the lack of daylight, though - it seems as though it’s the lack of snow!
One of the biggest (and least crowded) gems in itself is the region of Finnmark, stretching all the way to 71 degrees north. I was lucky to experience life in the outskirts of Europe when I did my Workaway stay in the small village of Gamvik, and still regret that I didn’t went further east to explore the Norwegian-Russian border area around Kirkenes. Therefore I was all the more excited when I was contacted by Prityazhenie, asking if I’d be interested in writing a post about the region and specifically about Pasvik Nature Reserve - a national park that actually stretches over areas of Norway, Russia and Finland, and apparently is a heaven for bird watchers! If you’d like to really explore the wilderness of Northern Norway, Pasvik Nature Reserve seems to be perfect place. Here’s why:*