Itineraries

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.

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!

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!

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.

Why Vennesla should totally be on your Southern Norway Itinerary - The Log Flume Trail of Tømmerrenna

Why Vennesla should totally be on your Southern Norway Itinerary - The Log Flume Trail of Tømmerrenna

The small town of Vennesla in Southern Norway is not exactly very well known, yet it has one super unique hike to offer that justifies a detour to the Kristiansand area or your spending a day longer in Kristiansand than you had planned: the old log flume Tømmerrenna! I’ve honestly never encountered a more exciting and stunning hike during all (so far it’s 5) years in Norway and I’ll definitely be back in Vennesla in summertime to do the hike all over again one day. Read on why the Tømmerrenna trail is a must when visiting Southern Norway!

Scandinavia by Train - Itinerary for 7 Days in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

Scandinavia by Train - Itinerary for 7 Days in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

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!

Northern Norway in a Nutshell - 3 Itineraries for Tromsø, Senja, Bodø and the Lofoten Islands

Northern Norway in a Nutshell - 3 Itineraries for Tromsø, Senja, Bodø and the Lofoten Islands

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.

Copenhagen in winter - How to make the most of your visit

Copenhagen in winter - How to make the most of your visit

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!

Exploring Southern Sweden – Where to Go & What to Do

Exploring Southern Sweden – Where to Go & What to Do

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.

Norway in summer: Where to go to avoid the crowds

Norway in summer: Where to go to avoid the crowds

Why you would want to stand in line (and this is no joke!) at Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga and co. when there's an entire country of over 1600 km in length to explore, is beyond me! Therefore, I've decided to put together a small selection of alternatives to the "must-sees" of Norway - for anyone who'd like to escape the summer crowds in the country and those of you, who are seeking to discover Norway like a local!

25 Things to See and Do in Svalbard in Summer

25 Things to See and Do in Svalbard in Summer

After all, I would have been stupid not to head to Svalbard when the archipelago only is a 1 1/2-hour flight away - am I right?! I definitely fell in love with the region and would have loved to stay just a night or two longer to explore even more. Personally, I'd say that Svalbard can best be explored in summer as opposed to the 24-hour darkness of the polar night that lasts from October to February - but I guess it depends on what you come there to do and see.

Hamburg off the beaten path // 5 hidden gems worth exploring

Hamburg off the beaten path // 5 hidden gems worth exploring

Hamburg is my favourite city in Germany and I've been there 7 times already! Needless to say that at this point, I've seen all the main sights and museums, so when I visited the city last time, I made it my goal to explore what Hamburg has to offer off the beaten path!Here are thus, 5 hidden gems in and around Hamburg that should totally be on your itinerary if you visit the city and would like to roam where the locals are!

The Scenic Way to Travel in Scandinavia // Stena Line Ferry Crossings

The Scenic Way to Travel in Scandinavia // Stena Line Ferry Crossings

Taking the Stena Line ferry allowed me to essentially see more of Denmark on my way to Aarhus and not only is it a scenic way to travel in Scandinavia, but also a relatively cheap one! So if you're planning to travel with Stena Line around the North, here's all you need to know!

5 Gorgeous Danish Towns you didn't know you needed to visit

5 Gorgeous Danish Towns you didn't know you needed to visit

Up until this year however, I had never visited any other Danish town.Sure, there are lots of people who say that Denmark has nothing to offer beside Copenhagen anyway or that the countryside is boring. If you've been following this blog for a while though, you know that I love nothing more than discovering off the beaten path destinations all around the Nordics.

Lapland by Bus and Train - A Guide to going from Tromsø and Narvik to Kiruna and the Icehotel

Lapland by Bus and Train - A Guide to going from Tromsø and Narvik to Kiruna and the Icehotel

We decided to visit Kiruna by bus and train in the naive assumption that it would be cheap. Considering our taxi fares and all the stress we had on our journey to and from Swedish Lapland, I certainly would rather spend a few bucks more and rent a car next time. But well, hindsight is 20/20. Don't make our mistakes on your trip to the Arctic Circle!

5 Must-See Places for your trip to Ireland

5 Must-See Places for your trip to Ireland

It's no secret that I absolutely fell in love with Ireland on my trip at Christmas and there are so many secret and not so secret gems I've discovered. From walking the Royal Canal Way at Boxing Day to learning all about the Titanic in Belfast. I also enjoy all the food we got to eat in Dublin but I don't have to tell you that the pub culture is big in Ireland, right?!Instead I'd like to present 5 places that I think should absolutely be on your itinerary when you visit Ireland!

Visiting Northern Norway - How to get around (+ 4 sample itineraries)

Visiting Northern Norway - How to get around (+ 4 sample itineraries)

Not long ago, the Norwegian airline Wideroe announced a new direct connection from Tromsø and Oslo to the Lofoten Islands, starting in spring 2017. This is good news not only for tourists but also for those like me who live up north. You see, Northern Norway is an incredibly big area. The region consists of three counties: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.

The ultimate road trip in Southern Scandinavia

The ultimate road trip in Southern Scandinavia

The term roadtrip doesn't exactly apply, I have to admit, but it sounds better than weird journey via plane, bus and train. Anyways, today I want to present you my itinerary and a couple of shots that hopefully make you want to read more about this trip!

5 scenic spots in Stockholm to add to your itinerary

5 scenic spots in Stockholm to add to your itinerary

Sunday is the day of relaxation right? And where do you go to when you want to relax in Stockholm? No you don't visit a spa and you don't drive out to the archipelago. Stockholm may be the biggest city in Scandinavia and yet there are soooo many green and calm spots in the city centre where you completely forget about the fact that you're in Scandinavia's metropolis.