Last week, while “everyone” else in Norway enjoyed their winter holidays skiing in the mountains, I made my way down to Kristiansand in Southern Norway – also known as “Norway’s Riviera”. This is where many Norwegians spend their summer holidays, but let me tell you: it’s equally stunning in winter! Kristiansand makes for the perfect Nordic city trip – especially if you’re looking to combine culture and cuisine with adventures in the Norwegian wilderness!
So, I had to visit the dentist recently, for the first time since moving to Norway, and let me tell you - it ain’t cheap! It’s so expensive, in fact, that I briefly considered a trip to Poland to get my teeth fixed there… Luckily, I did manage to find an affordable way to visit the dentist in Norway though and I’m sharing all my money-saving secrets, along with more information on dental and healthcare in Norway in this video!
After 4 years of living in Norway and 3,5 years of dating a Norwegian, I thought it was about time to tell you everything I know about dating in Norway and more importantly, what Norwegian men (and women) are like! Of course, it’s very difficult to generalize the dating culture in Norway, so this video is based on personal experiences. Hopefully it does give you a better idea of what to expect, though, if you plan on moving to Norway yourself!
Cruise tourism has boomed in Norway in recent years and while the local economy definitely profits from it (my job as a tour guide wouldn’t exist without the cruises), it does have a huge impact on the local communities as well. In my new video, I’m therefore talking about how the locals really perceive cruise tourists, as well as all the little things that you need to remember before embarking on your cruise to discover more of Norway:
It’s prime Northern Lights season at the moment and it seems like every provider of Northern Lights safaris throughout Northern Norway, Swedish and Finnish Lapland, as well as Iceland, says that their destination is the best one to watch the Northern Lights – for so many different, not always actually entirely true, reasons. Thus, I thought I’d talk about some common Northern Lights myths I’ve encountered recently with you in this video!
This summer, I’ve been working as a tour guide in Stavanger and while I love answering people’s questions about the country, there were some questions I simply wasn’t prepared for! In this video, I collected 7 of the most random questions I’ve been asked about Norway over the summer, and I made sure to research their answers to share them with you :)
Bergen is such a lovely gem at the west coast of Norway and even though it's Norway's second biggest city, it's extremely compact and cosy! You can walk almost anywhere and 2 days are plenty of time to see most of what the city has to offer! I got to visit Bergen back in February and the city did not hold up to its reputation as Norway's rainiest place - it didn't rain one bit during my stay. Instead, the city was covered in snow - which, to be honest, made it even more beautiful!
Imagine my excitement over getting the chance to visit a reindeer farm in Lapland this winter! Feeding and cuddling baby reindeer in a winter wonderland? That does sound like a day too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, you're lucky because I'm going to recap the entire day for you in this post - and don't worry, there's plenty of cute reindeer footage coming along!*
Long story short, I thought I knew the true meaning of "winter wonderland" from what I've experienced in Tromsø these past few years. Little did I know, though, that there's one place that takes snow to a whole new level: Ruka-Kuusamo in Finnish Lapland! Read on to find out why the area might very well be the most stunning part of Finland - and why the country needs more than just 1 word for snow!
Now, it might be the yummy cuisine of Finland or maybe just all those views and nature, but Finns seem like a very happy people - and I could totally picture myself living in Helsinki!While that's probably never going to happen as my brain doesn't seem willing to learn a 7th language - at least if the language in question is Finnish - I did have the pleasure to get a taste for what life as a Finn is like in Ruka-Kuusamo!
It took me ages but I can finally cross Finland off my bucket list! I visited the country with the Nordic Blogger's Experience* last month and got to experience some pretty stunning places. First and foremost, however, I got to visit the Nordic capital city that everyone in our Scandinavia & Nordics Facebook group is always raving about: gorgeous Helsinki!In this post, I'd like to take you on a quick tour around the city by means of my new vlog, and give you suggestions on what to see, do and eat if you only have one day in Helsinki!
On my recent trip to Finland, I finally got to meet Silvia from Heart My Backpack in person! She moved to Norway over 2 years ago and has written loads of travel advice for anyone interested in visiting Norway on her blog!Are you interested to hear our 9 insider tips on all things visiting Norway - from when and where to visit, to what to eat, how to travel on a budget and what social norms to follow on your trip?
Before heading to my parents' house in Germany, Simon and I decided to spend a few days in Berlin to check out the Christmas markets there and do a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping.While Berlin has, of course, loads of Christmas markets to choose from, we visited the Nordic-themed Lucia Market and it was hands-down the best market we've been to during this entire Vlogmas!
Last week, we made our way to the tiny town of Egersund, which is situated an hour south of Stavanger. During the Christmas season, the town centre transforms into one big Christmas market and that’s something we just couldn’t miss!We were incredibly lucky with the weather as we got to experience the very first snowfall of the season at the Christmas market, which made the whole visit even more magical
Last week, we explored locally and checked out what our new home of Stavanger has to offer in terms of Christmas. Turns out, a lot! From a Christmas market of the unusual sort, to a stunning gingerbread village at the Oil Museum, to absolutely gorgeous fairy lights all over the city!Stavanger is such a lovely town and you should definitely consider visiting in winter to skip (most of) the crowds and experience the Christmas magic :)
Haugesund is a fishing town situated halfway between Bergen and Stavanger, in Karmøy municipality of Rogaland county of Norway. It's just 2-hour drive from here, making it the perfect place for a day trip! The town itself is super charming. Very similar to Stavanger when it comes to architecture, weather and views, but without all the crowds. See it for yourself in my Vlogmas video!
You might have heard it by now, but 4 months ago, I left the city of Tromsø, that was my expat home for 3 years, to move to Stavanger at the west coast of Norway - mainly because I just couldn't deal with polar night anymore!Now that I've got to know the city a bit better and have lived here for a while, I thought it was time for a little update, and, of course, for a little more insight into what life in Stavanger actually is like!
After our day exploring stunning Mjelle Beach and Kjerringøy near Bodø this summer, we couldn't not explore more of the city itself! While my boyfriend Simon has grown up in the area and knows the city well already, I had only been there once after an extremely nauseating experience on board of the express boat from Lofoten.
Bodø has lots of gorgeous gems to offer and that's why I just can't stop recommending you to visit the region! Two of those gems I had the pleasure to visit on a really moody day this summer were Mjelle Beach and Kjerringøy! Even though the weather was terrible, these two places were incredibly stunning. But see for yourself: