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!
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!
Have you ever heard about Kristiansand? Or are you one of those people who keep mixing up Kristiansand with Kristiansund? Believe me, I’ve been there! It’s super confusing how similar these two Norwegian towns sound and they aren’t anywhere near each other, so better watch out when planning a trip! Anyway, last week the boyfriend and I had “winter holidays” - aka, Simon had a week off work as all schools in Norway shut down for a week of winter fun in the mountains, while I took the liberty to invest my parents’ Christmas money in an extended weekend at the coast of Southern Norway.
Been to Copenhagen multiple times and think you’ve seen it all? Think again! Copenhagen is my favourite city in Scandinavia and the Nordics, and even though I’ve now been 4 times, I still seem to encounter new and exciting places and things to do on every visit. In this article, I’ll share some of my favourite spots and activities with you!
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!
In this spoonie travel guide to Copenhagen, I’m therefore going to present the city in regards to how easy it is to visit with a chronic illness: Where can you take a break and enjoy a packed lunch with foods you know you tolerate? Where you can you visit the restroom? What kind of activity is there to do on a day when you just don’t have much energy available? Scroll down to read the answers to these and more questions and don’t forget to share the article with anyone you think might benefit from it!
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!
Plenty of snow and temperatures below 0 - yes, Norway in winter is quite chilly, but that doesn’t mean that you have to look like the Michelin Man when visiting! Regardless of whether you’re headed to Tromsø to see the Northern Lights or are just planning a weekend in Oslo for New Year’s Eve, I’ll show you how I dress in winter myself and provide you with some cute outfit ideas that’ll let you visit Norway in style - even in winter!
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!
Aarhus is the second biggest city of Denmark and was the European Capital of Culture 2017. Did I visit in 2017? Yes! Did I jump on the bandwagon and write about Aarhus and the festivities for its year of culture? Nope. I’m totally behind, but the good news is that I’m finally catching up! I actually spent an entire week in Denmark and got to admire 4 other charming Danish towns that you should totally visit as well! I was based in Aarhus for my entire stay and even though I didn’t get the chance to explore nearly as much as I’d have liked, I hope you’ll still find this mini-guide to Aarhus useful for future reference!
You have decided to visit Northern Norway to experience the Northern Lights or just to escape the tourist crowds of the south and explore the true wilderness of Norway? You’ve done a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that the Lofoten Islands look gorgeous as well, but you’re not quite confident to drive a car abroad - especially not during winter? Or maybe you’d just like to combine a Nordic city trip with exploring Norway’s great outdoors? Whatever it is that puts you in the position of having to decide between Bodø and Tromsø, I’m going to give you the rundown of both cities and tell you the good, bad and ugly about them, so that hopefully, you’ll be able to make a decision in no time!
It might seem like Stavanger in summertime is full of tourists, while all the locals disappear to either their summer cabin or to Spain in search of vitamin D. However, there's actually loads going on in the city during the summer months and besides Hafrsfjordkaupangen in June, late July is a time when the entire region gathers in Stavanger again after the summer break to celebrate food at Glad Mat Food Festival and this year, also to have a look behind the scenes of the world's sailing vessels at the Tall Ships Races.
The prospect of going on yet another day trip on a really miserable, cold and rainy day during last year's Easter holidays didn't excite my parents a whole lot, to be honest. I knew, though, that they'd become much more excited when we'd eventually arrive in what turned out to be Denmark's most enchanting city: Odense! Just a 2-hour drive from Copenhagen, as well as Aarhus, and perfectly situated in the middle of Denmark, Odense makes for the perfect day trip when visiting the country.
Have you ever heard of Aalborg? Granted, Denmark's fourth largest city was a mystery to me for a long time as well - until I hopped on the ferry from Oslo to Denmark and decided that if I'll pass by Aalborg on my way to Aarhus anyway, I might as well make a pit stop for a day and explore what the city has to offer. Turns out, a lot!
Nonetheless, vegetarianism, veganism and food allergies are all widely known in the country and if you're visiting, you shouldn't have to lose any sleep over where and what to eat during your trip. Therefore I decided to give you the rundown of allergy-friendly Norwegian dishes and restaurants in the biggest cities of the country that cater well for anyone on a special diet - whether you're vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant, or suffering from an IBD/IBS or celiac disease.
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.
I actually planned my trip to Bergen three times before I finally made it, but visiting in February, while the city was covered in snow, couldn't have been a better time - not only did I avoid the summer and Christmas crowds, I also saved a huge amount of money on accommodation! In fact, I only spent roundabout $250 - not bad for a weekend trip in Norway! In this article, I therefore want to give you a detailed overview of how much I spent, what I did, and how you can travel to Bergen for under $250 too - even if you don't live in Norway!