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…
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.
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!
Winter is approaching and you are planning a trip to Tromsø? You've maybe heard of the ice hotel in Kiruna or Kirkenes? As of last winter (2017/2018), there is also such an ice hotel near Tromsø. Initially not designed as a hotel, demand soon required the option to stay there and this should be possible from this winter onwards. Last winter I took part in an organized bus trip from Tromsø and experienced the following:
Sweden is a place that many people appreciate due to its beautiful landscapes, medieval architecture – and overall fascinating touristic points. You have very beautiful coasts, intricate buildings with a fair amount of detail – and the feeling that you are in the countryside, even if you are in the middle of a city.
With its lovely mix of state-of-the-art design, history, exciting art galleries, and Nordic food, Oslo is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It offers an excellent setting to explore as well as relax. However, despite such fantastic appeal, this Norwegian capital is quite expensive. In fact, the Deutsche Bank ranks it as the most costly place in the world to get a beer. Luckily, we’ve discovered how you can enjoy living in Oslo without spending too much cash.
Copenhagen’s rich and powerful history as the capital of the Danish Empire interweaves beautifully with some of today’s sleekest metropolitan advancement, making this a destination to draw travellers of every sort of interest. And Copenhagen isn’t called “the city of towers” for no reason - the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Denmark’s capital is by climbing one of its many viewpoints.
Norway is full of amazing places to visit - you surely know that! But have you heard of Ålesund yet? Many people think that it's the best place to visit in Norway, and while I'm still dying to go, I know someone who has already been there: Ben! After taking over my blog to tell you all about Christmas in Norway, Benjamin Steele is now back to tell you why you need to visit Norway's Art Noveau town - and what you should see and do while you're there!
The cold weather can make you want to snuggle up next to a fire and drink hot chocolate during the winter time. But if you have an adventurous spirit, the cold weather just makes you wish for the warmth so you can get back to exploring the outdoors.Luckily, you don’t have to wait till summer to let your adventurous spirit run wild—not in Norway, at least. It is one of the best countries to visit during the winter season for any adventurer. Here are five amazing things to do while you’re there.
But “Advent” is also the name for the period leading up to Christmas, and in Norway there are some special customs to be followed during these weeks. For instance, it’s common to light a candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and then light another candle each Sunday until the big day. These candles are often left in windowsills, so they can shine out at passers-by. Driving through a town or village at night, and seeing these little lights winking at you from every house, is a truly magical experience.
Apart from the cosy wooden market huts, where you can buy chocolate, cured ham, smoked salmon and Christmas decorations, there is a farmer’s market with local fresh produce, delicious cheese, jam and, my personal favourite, herbed butter. There are also concerts, theatrical plays, quizzes, and mysteries. Lastly, you’ll find the most unique cafe in a huge Sami tent, a lavvo tent, where you’ll be able to enjoy special Christmas beer or hot chocolate. It’s magic!
Interrail is a train ticket for all of Europe ("Global Pass") or one single country („One Country Pass“) with which you can travel as much as you'd like during a certain time frame. Thus, it's perfect if you'd like to explore the landscapes of Norway without renting a car or paying for expensive plane tickets. The train network of Norway isn't as dense as you might know it from Central Europe but it still offers plenty of options to discover the landscapes of the country.
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!
In my 8-5 job, I was always searching for the next best position and never fully satisfied with where I was so eventually I reached what I considered the top of where I wanted to go. At that point, it was time to find something completely different. I'd always wanted to be a teacher so I went back to college.
Newfoundland is a unique place with a unique culture that is just waiting to be explored. Plus, while you're in Newfoundland, why not take a 1.5 hour ferry and end up in France? It's the only place in North America where you can do that!
Christmas is almost there!! Today will mark the last post of "The World from A to Z - Christmas Edition" and I'm so glad to have Kaelene over here. I discovered her blog earlier this year and we've been Travel Tuesday co-hosts together. I absolutely love all her posts about Iceland and definitely want to head over there myself one day!
Hey guys! As I said, we stay in Scandinavia for the remaining guest posts and today's post is dedicated to Sweden. The 13th of December is Lucia day there and I'm so glad to have Cecilia on the blog today to tell you all about it!
Christmas as an Ex-pat – Lucia!
Today's post (and the next two guest posts for that matter) brings us to Scandinavia, namely to Finland - the home country of Santa! Eva is here today to tell us all about Christmas in what is probably the most christmassy country ever!