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A Spoonie Travel Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

A Spoonie Travel Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

If you’re reading this and have heard of the term “spoonie” before, you’re in luck: You’re about to read the first travel guide to Helsinki that’s specifically targeted to people like me and you. In this spoonie travel guide to Helsinki, I’m going to present the city in regards to how easy it is to visit with a chronic illness: What kind of activity is there to do on a day when you just don’t have much energy available? Where can you take a break and enjoy a packed lunch with foods you know you tolerate? Where you can you visit the restroom?

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!

Where to stay in Stavanger when money is tight

Where to stay in Stavanger when money is tight

Arguably, Norway isn’t exactly a cheap place to visit and with Stavanger being the so-called “Oil Capital” and former most expensive city of the country (don’t worry - Oslo reclaimed that title), accommodation in the city is rather expensive - but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, Stavanger also provides plenty of accommodation options that won’t break your bank account, so please do come and visit even if money is tight - you won’t regret it! Read on for the best budget hotels in Stavanger, Norway.

Vegan Helsinki - The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki, Finland

Vegan Helsinki - The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki, Finland

When I visited Helsinki for my second time back in March, I made sure to contact my friend Christina to ask her if she knew of any good vegan restaurants in town. Luckily, there was absolutely no need for concern. My wonderful friend, not a vegan or vegetarian herself, made sure to ask all her vegan friends and colleagues and send over an entire list of places I should check out while in town. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to try them all as my Helsinki visit was rather short, but I thought I’d pass the recommendations on to you!

How to get from Helsinki to Turku - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

How to get from Helsinki to Turku - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

Back in March, I spent a week in Finland before taking the ferry to Tallinn to discover Estonia for the very first time. Instead of just spending time in Helsinki, though, where I’d briefly been before anyway, I decided to head to Turku in South-West Finland for a few days too. And how glad I was I did! I went for a late-winter hike in Kurjenrahka National Park, explored Turku’s gorgeous castle and stuffed my face with delicious vegan cakes in between. Make sure to read this article if you’re still unsure about whether or not Turku is worth it and read on to find out how you can actually get from Helsinki to Turku!

Norway on a budget: Why only YOU can determine whether or not it's possible

Norway on a budget: Why only YOU can determine whether or not it's possible

One of the questions I most commonly receive as a travel blogger and tour guide living in Norway is how to visit the country on a budget. While I love to help out readers and visitors to the country, I’m afraid in this scenario there is no simple one-size-fits-all solution. Figuring out whether or not you’ll be able to visit Norway on a budget depends on a lot of different factors - not least the actual budget we’re talking about - which I’ll all explain in detail in the following, so buckle up!

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.

How to get from Stavanger to Bergen - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

How to get from Stavanger to Bergen - A detailed overview of all options (with prices!)

Summer is just around the corner and maybe you’re thinking about visiting Western Norway this year? You can’t quite decide on whether you should head to Stavanger or Bergen and would actually like to see it all? No problem! It’s actually super easy to get from Stavanger to Bergen and it doesn’t have to be super expensive either! Read on for a detailed overview of all ways you can drive from Stavanger to Bergen - whether you prefer to drive yourself or use public transport.

8 Reasons to Visit Turku in South-West Finland

8 Reasons to Visit Turku in South-West Finland

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.

Finland in March: Why it doesn't have to be as dull as they make you believe

Finland in March: Why it doesn't have to be as dull as they make you believe

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 Complete Guide to Kristiansand, Southern Norway

The Complete Guide to Kristiansand, 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!

Norway's most underrated city? - A weekend in Kristiansand

Norway's most underrated city? - A weekend in Kristiansand

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.

7 Things NOT to do when visiting Tromsø

7 Things NOT to do when visiting Tromsø

Are you planning a trip to Tromsø next winter to see the Northern Lights? There’s countless of information out there on whether to book a Northern Lights tour, what to wear and what to see - but what are the things you should NOT, under any circumstance, do? Read on to find out!

7 Things NOT to do when visiting Stavanger

7 Things NOT to do when visiting Stavanger

Planning a trip to Stavanger this summer? The city really is one of Norway’s most undervalued gems as it has SO MUCH to offer, yet most people flock to the fjords when visiting. This and the following six other mistakes is something you really shouldn’t do when visiting - take it from a local!

9 Lesser Known Sights & Things to Do in Copenhagen

9 Lesser Known Sights & Things to Do in Copenhagen

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!

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!

A Spoonie Travel Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

A Spoonie Travel Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark - Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

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!

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!

Cute Winter Outfits for Your Visit to Norway - A Female Packing Guide

Cute Winter Outfits for Your Visit to Norway - A Female Packing Guide

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!