What to keep in mind when planning a trip to Norway

What to keep in mind when planning a trip to Norway

I’ve recently spent a few days on a cabin holiday in Haugaland (as you know if you’re following me on Instagram) - a region that isn’t exactly well known or on many peoples’ bucket list. The point of this little autumn break was to leave the city and work behind to truly relax a bit, and to discover one of Norway’s lesser-known and truly underestimated gems - of which there are so so many!

I guess I don’t necessarily need to explain why I prefer visiting somewhere lesser known where there aren’t any crowds around, over ticking off “must-see” lists of places I’ve seen 1000 times on social media already, but I guess I’m doing it anyway as there’s a lot more to it than you might think.

Camping in the Rain - Tips and Tricks to Stay Dry When Exploring Scandinavia With a Tent

Camping in the Rain - Tips and Tricks to Stay Dry When Exploring Scandinavia With a Tent

Have you ever laid in bed with the windows open, listening to gentle rain sounds from outside? Now, imagine if you could be in nature and enjoy those sounds! If you are camping, rain doesn’t have to ruin your experience. You will need to adapt but think of it as a challenge to have a wholly different adventure. This guide will show you how to go camping in the rain - something that when planning a camping trip in Scandinavia, you’re likely going to do, whether you want to or not…

A Spoonie Travel Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

A Spoonie Travel Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

If you’re reading this and have heard of the term “spoonie” before, you’re in luck: You’re about to read the first travel guide to Helsinki that’s specifically targeted to people like me and you. In this spoonie travel guide to Helsinki, I’m going to present the city in regards to how easy it is to visit with a chronic illness: What kind of activity is there to do on a day when you just don’t have much energy available? Where can you take a break and enjoy a packed lunch with foods you know you tolerate? Where you can you visit the restroom?

9 unique and truly Norwegian hotels Instagram hasn’t hyped up yet

9 unique and truly Norwegian hotels Instagram hasn’t hyped up yet

Are you tired of staying at hotel chains? Have already ticked the snow hotel and glass igloo off your bucket list? Or are you simply not willing to spend your hard-earned money on an overpriced cabin just because it’s hyped up on Instagram? I hear you! Norway has so many accommodation options to choose from and a great majority come with spectacular views and easy access to nature. You don’t have to stay in a glass igloo to see the Northern Lights, and that cabin with a view you’ve seen on Instagram is certainly not the only one of its kind. Instead, why not stay somewhere more historic? Somewhere a little more authentic but equally charming? Somewhere traditionally Norwegian and not new and boutiquey? Somewhere like this:

One Day in Stavanger, Norway - What to See and Do

One Day in Stavanger, Norway - What to See and Do

Ever since moving to Stavanger over 2 years ago, I’ve always recommended people to come and visit Stavanger for more than just a day or two. The city and its surroundings just have so much to offer that you can easily spend an entire week in the area. However, most people visit Stavanger only for about 2 days - one to do the Preikestolen hike and the other to explore the city itself. If you’re planning to do the same, read on to find out what there is to do and see in Stavanger when you’re short on time!

Where to stay in Stavanger when money is tight

Where to stay in Stavanger when money is tight

Arguably, Norway isn’t exactly a cheap place to visit and with Stavanger being the so-called “Oil Capital” and former most expensive city of the country (don’t worry - Oslo reclaimed that title), accommodation in the city is rather expensive - but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, Stavanger also provides plenty of accommodation options that won’t break your bank account, so please do come and visit even if money is tight - you won’t regret it! Read on for the best budget hotels in Stavanger, Norway.

Vegan Helsinki - The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki, Finland

Vegan Helsinki - The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki, Finland

When I visited Helsinki for my second time back in March, I made sure to contact my friend Christina to ask her if she knew of any good vegan restaurants in town. Luckily, there was absolutely no need for concern. My wonderful friend, not a vegan or vegetarian herself, made sure to ask all her vegan friends and colleagues and send over an entire list of places I should check out while in town. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to try them all as my Helsinki visit was rather short, but I thought I’d pass the recommendations on to you!

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Housing in Tromsø

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Housing in Tromsø

In Norway/Tromso, many landlords want to see testimonials from former places you've lived in to make sure that you're a responsible and tidy person. This doesn't have to be a written statement, mostly it's enough to provide a phone number to your previous landlord. I admit, I definitely feel that this is a bit over the top - especially when some people require at least 3 testimonials, like how often do they expect you to move?

How to get from Helsinki to Turku - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

How to get from Helsinki to Turku - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

Back in March, I spent a week in Finland before taking the ferry to Tallinn to discover Estonia for the very first time. Instead of just spending time in Helsinki, though, where I’d briefly been before anyway, I decided to head to Turku in South-West Finland for a few days too. And how glad I was I did! I went for a late-winter hike in Kurjenrahka National Park, explored Turku’s gorgeous castle and stuffed my face with delicious vegan cakes in between. Make sure to read this article if you’re still unsure about whether or not Turku is worth it and read on to find out how you can actually get from Helsinki to Turku!

Norway off the beaten track - A memorable trip to Pasvik Valley

Norway off the beaten track - A memorable trip to Pasvik Valley

Living in a densely populated and hot country in Southeast Asia, Norway has always fascinated me with its astounding scenery and beautiful Arctic wilderness, and Vanessa’s blog Nordic Wanders just made me fall in love with Norway! I wanted to avoid the crowded touristy places and experience some mindfulness in pristine nature - also seeking that eerie feeling of being lost in the middle of nowhere. So, I chose the remote Pasvik Nature Reserve in Finnmark, a popular birding region bordering Norway, Russia and Finland.

Norway on a budget: Why only YOU can determine whether or not it's possible

Norway on a budget: Why only YOU can determine whether or not it's possible

One of the questions I most commonly receive as a travel blogger and tour guide living in Norway is how to visit the country on a budget. While I love to help out readers and visitors to the country, I’m afraid in this scenario there is no simple one-size-fits-all solution. Figuring out whether or not you’ll be able to visit Norway on a budget depends on a lot of different factors - not least the actual budget we’re talking about - which I’ll all explain in detail in the following, so buckle up!

The Preikestolen Hike in Norway: All you need to know to climb Pulpit Rock (without breaking your leg)

The Preikestolen Hike in Norway: All you need to know to climb Pulpit Rock (without breaking your leg)

Even though local travel organizations were concerned about the fact that Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible stunt at Pulpit Rock was set in India in the movie, there have been more hikers to the rock formation so far this year than ever before. Sadly, that also means that the local rescue service is more than busy carrying hikers with broken legs or ankles down the mountain - or worse, having to call the helicopter for assistance. So, if you’re planning to do the hike to Preikestolen in Norway yourself, make sure to read the following tips first!

Western Norway's Secret Island: Utsira

Western Norway's Secret Island: Utsira

Back in June this year, I spent a weekend on Utsira Island an hour off the coast of Haugesund here in Western Norway. Despite my tendency to get seasick, I had an amazing time on Utsira going hiking, eating fresh Norwegian lobster and playing board games in the evenings. Have a look at my detailed guide to Utsira in the following with all you need to know to spend some days on this remote but surprisingly exciting island yourself!

How to get from Tromsø to Lofoten (and what it all costs)

How to get from Tromsø to Lofoten (and what it all costs)

What is better than combining a city trip to Tromsø - the Paris of the North - with a few days of road tripping in the Lofoten Islands - a region that can easily be described as Norway in a nutshell? That’s right - a trip to Tromsø AND Lofoten is hard to beat, but how exactly can you travel from Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands? The distance is a whopping 400 kilometres after all. Should you take the plane? Rent a car? Take the bus? Or go by cruise? Learn more about the different ways to get from Tromsø to Lofoten and find out which way works best for you in the following!

Northern Norway in Summer: 9 Hidden Gems to Inspire You to Visit

Northern Norway in Summer: 9 Hidden Gems to Inspire You to Visit

Northern Norway is probably already on your bucket list, however, while most people flock to Norway’s north in winter to see the Northern Lights, the region is a lot less crowded during summertime. Apart from the Lofoten Islands, that is. In the same way as everyone heads to Tromsø to see the Northern Lights in winter, tourism in Lofoten booms during the summer. Northern Norway has a lot more to offer than just the Aurora and Lofoten, though! If you haven’t considered visiting Northern Norway in summer yet, these 9 gorgeous places might inspire you to leave the beaten track and go somewhere other than Lofoten on your summer road trip.

Tallinn in Winter - A Detailed 4 Day Itinerary and Guide

Tallinn in Winter - A Detailed 4 Day Itinerary and Guide

While I can totally see the charm of this beautiful city in the summer, it just so happened that I got to visit Tallinn in winter (late-March to be precise, which is still considered winter by local standards), but if you’ve followed along on Instagram, you know that I had a blast anyway! Tallinn is just one of those cities that keeps you busy no matter the season, and being able to explore without having to stand in line and waste time is always a huge plus in my opinion, so here’s how you can also make the most of a trip to Tallinn in winter!

How to get from Tromsø to Rovaniemi - in summer or winter!

How to get from Tromsø to Rovaniemi - in summer or winter!

Are you looking to combine a visit to Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, with a stay in a glass igloo in Rovaniemi? You’re not alone! Each winter, I get emails from readers who can’t quite figure out how to get from Tromsø to Rovaniemi, and since they’ve now established a new winter bus route, I thought it was about time to give you the detailed rundown!

27 day trips from Stavanger you don't want to miss

27 day trips from Stavanger you don't want to miss

When I first decided to move to Stavanger, I knew that the region would keep me busy for ages, and so far, I haven’t been disappointed! It’s been almost 2 years since I moved to the Stavanger region and I’ve used every Easter vacation since, to rent a car and explore more of what my adopted home has to offer in terms of nature, views and history. The following list contains 27 day trip destinations from Stavanger to help you plan your vacation in the city. They’re all listed according to their location, from north to south, and you can easily either combine several places off this list to create your own road trip itinerary, or you could even try to see them all if you’re visiting Stavanger for about a week.

How to get from Stavanger to Bergen - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

How to get from Stavanger to Bergen - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

Summer is just around the corner and maybe you’re thinking about visiting Western Norway this year? You can’t quite decide on whether you should head to Stavanger or Bergen and would actually like to see it all? No problem! It’s actually super easy to get from Stavanger to Bergen and it doesn’t have to be super expensive either! Read on for a detailed overview of all ways you can drive from Stavanger to Bergen - whether you prefer to drive yourself or use public transport.

The Trollpikken Hike - Where to find the rock formation Google Maps has banned

The Trollpikken Hike - Where to find the rock formation Google Maps has banned

After hiking to Månafossen Waterfall on Good Friday, we made our way to Egersund to go on the Trollpikken Hike - the so-called “troll’s penis” that had been destroyed by vandals in 2017 and that is also (for no sane reason - I mean, it’s nature, come on!) banned from Google Maps. Read on to find all the information you need in order to do the Trollpikken hike yoursel