As there are no roads in Sjunkhatten National Park, the only way to get to Sjunkfjorden is by boat. The few hours of daylight during polar night in winter and temperatures of up to -35 degrees Celsius in the most extreme cases, contribute to this being one of the wildest places in the area – but for exactly this reason, Sjunkfjorden has got to also be one of the most stunning spots in the national park.
Judging by the number of times I recommend people to visit Bodø, you must think that I've spent the last 3 years of my life there and not in Tromsø. Seriously though, whenever people ask me about where to visit in Northern Norway besides Tromsø, Bodø is no doubt the first place that comes to mind. The city is close to the Lofoten Islands but has a ton of gorgeous gems right in its own vicinity.
I've been living in Stavanger for 2 months now and I keep hearing people say that Stavanger can easily be explored in a day as there "isn't much to see anyway". Now, maybe it's because I'm still in the honeymoon phase of living somewhere new but to me, Stavanger offers endless opportunities to go out and explore! I live west of the city center, in an area that's called Madla, situated at the famous Hafrsfjord. Don't worry if you haven't heard about the fjord before though - I hadn't either!
Nestled in between two gorgeous national parks, Sjunkhatten and Rago, Fauske has a lot to offer to those who brave the Arctic weather and want to embark on a trek in the middle of nowhere. One of the most stunning, yet easily accessible trails is the one leading up to Midtiskar valley which I'll give you detailed information on in this post!
When Vanessa of Magnetic North Travel proposed to me to go dog-sledding during my visit to Svalbard in June, I was slightly shocked for a second. Dog-sledding in June? Is the climate in Svalbard really that cold that there’s still snow on the ground in summer? I soon learned that it isn’t in fact that cold this time of year and that there’s such a thing as summer dog-sledding!
I would choose a hike in the mountains over a day in the office anytime but this morning, I’m not so sure. Is it even wise to climb a mountain when the view is so terrible and the weather that bad? I mean, we’re in polar bear territory and wouldn’t even be able to see one if there’d be one close by.
Visiting Tromso? The mountains on the mainland are the perfect place if you’d like to go mountain hiking and take in the view on Tromso from above, without having to leave town or rent a car. There’s several trails you can choose and two peaks you can climb: Storsteinen (“the big rock” at 421 metres above sea level) where the cable car station is situated, and Mt Fløya (671 m) which sits on top of Storsteinen.
I cannot put this place into words other than that it's magical and that you should visit it at least once in your life!There also is the famous ice church where you can get married if you wish. I have to say that I never really had the urge to get married but standing in this church definitely made me turn into a hopeless romantic as well.
Are you planning to visit Tromso in winter? Well, as is the case for summer, Tromso is best explored away from the city and out in the nature. Now understandably, the snow and ice might scare you away from going for a walk or hike but with proper clothing and equipment that you can read all about here, you can very easily explore the most scenic spots in and around Tromso! I'd even go so far as to say that these places are even more special when there actually is snow around.
Believe or not though, living in and exploring the Arctic isn't always as breath-takingly gorgeous as Instagram and Pinterest might make us believe. Sometimes it can be really messy. Like basically every time there's a snowstorm (she says while the wind is howling through her apartment at 69° North). Snowstorms can be simple - like when they're messing up your hair, smudging your glasses, disrupt an otherwise scenic view or lead to flight delays. Or they can be dramatic - like that day when Simon and I got stuck on top of a mountain in a snowstorm.
Finland is the only Nordic country I haven't visited yet. Shocking, right? Well while I'm still dreaming of playing in the snow of Finnish Lapland one day, Mae-Gene from The Wandering Suitcase has already spent a vacation in a Finnish winter wonderland and is here today to tell you all about winter activities beside watching the Northern Lights!
Whenever I see the big cruise ships arriving to Tromsø during summer, I ask myself how on earth the tourists can have a good time here. Why? Because all they do during their 8-12 hours they have in the city, is going sightseeing by bus, shooting the Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø Cathedral, and going shopping for souvenirs.
At that point, I had only stood on skis for less than 5 minutes and now I had to hurry to get to the side of the road. Of course I started walking as that is what you would normally do, right? But with two long sticks on your feet, this isn't exactly easy so I stumbled upon my own feet and fell into the roadside ditch.....
Tromso Camping is situated on the mainland of Norway and not on Tromso Island. That means, it's close to the Arctic Cathedral, the cable car and Tromso's biggest mountain Tromsdalstind. The camping site itself is situated in a valley, right next to a little river and with a view on the cable car station Fjellheisen. There are ski tracks and hiking trails close by, as is the yacht harbour of Tromsdalen and the ice skating rink.