When you think of Finland, do you immediately either think of Helsinki or Finnish Lapland? Basically, you just don’t know what else the country has to offer? Trust me, I’ve been there! Up until I first visited Finland as part of the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience last year, I had no clue what else is out there either. Turns out, though, Finland has loads of places that might surprise you. After having had a blast in the small town of Lahti, as well as Ruka-Kuusamo last year, I decided to head west this time around, to visit Turku - Finland’s oldest and third largest city! Needless to say that Turku is one of those Finnish places that might totally surprise you. Read on to find out what there’s to do and see when you visit Turku.
Have you ever visited somewhere at the “wrong” time of year but had an absolute blast anyway? When I asked locals about the best time to visit Southern Finland off-season, March was described as grey and dull to me. Of course, I had secretly hoped to still find snow around, and even though the odds for that were slim at best, late March was the only time slot I had available for my trip, so I went anyway. What can I say? Did I encounter snow on my visit? Yes. Was it as much as I’d hoped? No. Did I have a lovely time exploring Finland anyway? Abso-freakin-lutely!
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!
Kristiansand is Norway’s 5th largest city, situated in sunny Southern Norway (or as locals call it: “Norway’s Riviera”). Not to be mistaken for Kristiansund - a much smaller town at the Atlantic Road between Trondheim and Ålesund - southern Kristiansand might be more popular among Norwegians looking for sunshine and warmth in their own country, than it is among international visitors. After having visited myself recently, I’d argue, though, that Kristiansand is a wonderfully charming city that offers the perfect combination of a city trip with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, and I can only highly recommend you to visit next time you’re in Norway!
If you’re planning a trip to Norway or the Nordics in general, you’ve probably already wondered about what you should pack and what kind of footwear you need to bring. You may already have a pair of hiking boots but they’re big and bulky - an absolute hassle to bring in your luggage. Or, you’ve never used hiking boots in your life before and don’t really want to spend a ton of money on a pair of boots that you might end up wearing just once. Either way, I think I have found a really good solution to your problem in the Lundhags Bjerg Low boots of their OMNI collection. Read on for the detailed review!*