Have you ever laid in bed with the windows open, listening to gentle rain sounds from outside? Now, imagine if you could be in nature and enjoy those sounds! If you are camping, rain doesn’t have to ruin your experience. You will need to adapt but think of it as a challenge to have a wholly different adventure. This guide will show you how to go camping in the rain - something that when planning a camping trip in Scandinavia, you’re likely going to do, whether you want to or not…
Are you tired of staying at hotel chains? Have already ticked the snow hotel and glass igloo off your bucket list? Or are you simply not willing to spend your hard-earned money on an overpriced cabin just because it’s hyped up on Instagram? I hear you! Norway has so many accommodation options to choose from and a great majority come with spectacular views and easy access to nature. You don’t have to stay in a glass igloo to see the Northern Lights, and that cabin with a view you’ve seen on Instagram is certainly not the only one of its kind. Instead, why not stay somewhere more historic? Somewhere a little more authentic but equally charming? Somewhere traditionally Norwegian and not new and boutiquey? Somewhere like this:
Living in a densely populated and hot country in Southeast Asia, Norway has always fascinated me with its astounding scenery and beautiful Arctic wilderness, and Vanessa’s blog Nordic Wanders just made me fall in love with Norway! I wanted to avoid the crowded touristy places and experience some mindfulness in pristine nature - also seeking that eerie feeling of being lost in the middle of nowhere. So, I chose the remote Pasvik Nature Reserve in Finnmark, a popular birding region bordering Norway, Russia and Finland.
Even though local travel organizations were concerned about the fact that Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible stunt at Pulpit Rock was set in India in the movie, there have been more hikers to the rock formation so far this year than ever before. Sadly, that also means that the local rescue service is more than busy carrying hikers with broken legs or ankles down the mountain - or worse, having to call the helicopter for assistance. So, if you’re planning to do the hike to Preikestolen in Norway yourself, make sure to read the following tips first!
Back in June this year, I spent a weekend on Utsira Island an hour off the coast of Haugesund here in Western Norway. Despite my tendency to get seasick, I had an amazing time on Utsira going hiking, eating fresh Norwegian lobster and playing board games in the evenings. Have a look at my detailed guide to Utsira in the following with all you need to know to spend some days on this remote but surprisingly exciting island yourself!
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.
After hiking to Månafossen Waterfall on Good Friday, we made our way to Egersund to go on the Trollpikken Hike - the so-called “troll’s penis” that had been destroyed by vandals in 2017 and that is also (for no sane reason - I mean, it’s nature, come on!) banned from Google Maps. Read on to find all the information you need in order to do the Trollpikken hike yoursel
It's 8.30am on a Saturday morning at the harbour of Tromso in Northern Norway. The town is still asleep and there's no one around except for a few tourists on a boat named "Aurora Explorer" who capture mountain Tromstalstind at sunrise. It is a gorgeous sight indeed - a snowcapped mountain illuminated by pink sunrays.
If you’re planning to visit Stavanger in Western Norway this summer and plan to go on a hike other than Pulpit Rock, this post is for you! I’ve had the chance to hike to Månafossen Waterfall during the Easter holidays and am still absolutely in awe of this place! Read on for the complete guide with everything you need to know to embark on the hike to Månafossen Waterfall yourself.
Are you dreaming of the vast forests of Finland? Would you like to spend a day hiking in a bog? Or maybe you’d like to spend multiple days off the grid, camping in the Finnish wilderness and experiencing the country at its best? I’ve recently had the chance to visit my first ever national park in the country and get a taste of what it’s really like to go hiking in Finland. Read on for all you need to know to make the most of Finland’s National Parks yourself!
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!
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!*
Every summer, thousands of tourists come to Stavanger for one reason only: to hike Pulpit Rock (and maybe Kjerag too). Did you know that the city has a ton of other things to offer, though? And that the trail leading up to Pulpit Rock is notoriously crowded? Why not take the boat to an island in the fjord, just a short cruise from the city centre, where you can enjoy Norway’s nature in peace? I’ve recently explored Lindøy - one of Stavanger’s city islands in its mini-archipelago in the Byfjord (city fjord) and had an absolute blast! Here’s all you need to know in order to explore Stavanger’s city islands yourself.
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.
You guys know that I’m madly in love with the Arctic, right? I mean, I might had to give up living there after 3 years but if the name of this blog is any indication, I still am a sucker for snow! Even though I’ve been living in Tromsø for several years, though, I never felt as much appreciation for the region as I did when I visited Svalbard. Suddenly, the Arctic felt the way I’d always imagined it to be: remote, majestic and different from anything else I’ve ever experienced!
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!
Excuse the Buzzfeed-style title but there just are some places in the Nordics that can’t be described as anything other than epic! Personally, I’m a sucker for snowy landscapes and cabin holidays, and really don’t mind the cold of the Arctic at all. I happily spend hours frolicking in the snow and capturing the beauty, totally forgetting about the cold - until I notice that my hair is frozen and my camera is about to freeze up as well… This article, thus, aims to present 9 unique choices of accommodation throughout the Nordics, that’ll provide an unforgettable winter wonderland experience!
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!
One of the biggest (and least crowded) gems in itself is the region of Finnmark, stretching all the way to 71 degrees north. I was lucky to experience life in the outskirts of Europe when I did my Workaway stay in the small village of Gamvik, and still regret that I didn’t went further east to explore the Norwegian-Russian border area around Kirkenes. Therefore I was all the more excited when I was contacted by Prityazhenie, asking if I’d be interested in writing a post about the region and specifically about Pasvik Nature Reserve - a national park that actually stretches over areas of Norway, Russia and Finland, and apparently is a heaven for bird watchers! If you’d like to really explore the wilderness of Northern Norway, Pasvik Nature Reserve seems to be perfect place. Here’s why:*