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!
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.
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!
Is autumn in full swing where you live? I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the lack of daylight and bad weather that come with autumn in Norway but I’m absolutely in love with the colours of this season! Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long here in Stavanger. Either the leaves are blown away in a storm quite quickly or they start to rot almost immediately after falling to the ground as it rains so much here. There seems to be one place in the Nordics that does a proper Indian Summer, though: Finland! Or rather, Finnish Lapland!
This is my fourth year of living in Norway and you should think that Norway's National Day isn't a big deal for me anymore, except that this year was the first one I got to spend in my new home of Stavanger! Having spent it in cold and rainy (and one year even snowy) Tromsø in previous years, I had high hopes of lovely weather and warm temperatures for the day - which, except for the coastal wind, was a wish come true!
With its location as an island nestled in between fjords and mountains, Tromsø is an extremely good place for any landscape photographer and Instagrammer. Apart from the Northern Lights at night, there are so many other motifs for a great snapshot - whether that be the wooden buildings downtown or the view of the mountains in the distance.I've lived in and photographed the city for 3 years and came across plenty of hidden gems during that time. In this article, I'd thus like to spill a few secret Instagram spots in Tromsø that I'm sure you'll love!
You maybe know the city of Stavanger as the oil capital of Norway. Or maybe as the city closest to Preikestolen. But did you know that Stavanger also is Norway's most colourful city and a real hotspot for street art? This gem at the west coast has so much more to offer than what you might expect and I'm so glad to be able to call it my home.In this article, I'll take you on a visual tour around the street art in town and explain why a street art walk is the best way to really get to know Stavanger!
Has winter in your neck of the woods left you disappointed yet again and you've finally decided to head to Finland next year to experience proper snowfall and cold for once? Well, I don't blame you! In fact, winter on Norway's west coast doesn't exactly last long either so I'm totally planning ro re-visit Finnish Lapland as well!
When I moved to Stavanger, I was almost certain that from now on, I'd only ever see snow when visiting Simon's family for the Easter holidays. Literally, everyone told us that "it only ever rains in Stavanger" and asked if we wouldn't miss the snow in Tromsø. Of course, we would, but as it turns out - there was no need to worry!
I use the app daily and scroll through my very Nordic feed to drool over the snow in Tromsø, or to figure out where I'd like to head next. My favourite accounts on Instagram, however, are not those curators who all post the same image they found on yet another curator's account, but the profiles that actually have character.
Judging by the number of times I recommend people to visit Bodø, you must think that I've spent the last 3 years of my life there and not in Tromsø. Seriously though, whenever people ask me about where to visit in Northern Norway besides Tromsø, Bodø is no doubt the first place that comes to mind. The city is close to the Lofoten Islands but has a ton of gorgeous gems right in its own vicinity.
Boring might mean that there's not much to do and see in a place in terms of attractions and entertainment, but in Norway, boring might be the next off the beaten path.Fauske certainly is a beautiful spot that you might want to consider if you'd rather go on a cabin/bonfire/swimming in the lake and going hiking in the mountains type of vacation, than exploring the fjords on an overpriced cruise that's jam-packed with people!
I cannot put this place into words other than that it's magical and that you should visit it at least once in your life!There also is the famous ice church where you can get married if you wish. I have to say that I never really had the urge to get married but standing in this church definitely made me turn into a hopeless romantic as well.
If you've seen my latest vlog, you might know that Norway's National Day on May 17 this year was a rather wet one in Tromso. That didn't stop us from having fun though and I brought my point and shoot camera along to take a few snaps from the parade and also shot our traditional champagne breakfast earlier that day. As a result, I was left with a few pictures that I think, summarize what 17th May in Norway is all about pretty well.
While I would advise you to bring at least a camera, really any camera will do, if you plan on seeing and shooting the Northern Lights in the Arctic - the pure fact that it is possible to capture the lights with a phone shows that you don't really need a DSLR (even though I really really want to have one...)!
I already mentioned that Reykjavik was quite similiar to Tromso (and I promise, there will be a comparison post soon - I'm on it) but there is one thing lacking in my adoptive home: street art! Reykjavik is so colourful (yes, it might not be as colourful as Nuuk but it definitely is more than Tromso) and you can find beautiful art, colourful signs and funny sculptures round almost every corner and particularly where you don't expect it!
Does that sound cosmopolitan? It is! Nuuk is way more than just a small city in the middle of the Arctic! I absolutely fell in love with Nuuk, simply because it offers you the "typical Arctic experience" and all the advantages of a city - just like Tromso or Reykjavik, but better as you're within nature in just 5 mins!
As you may have noticed, I'm a big fan of Hamburg and I flooded Instagram with pictures of this beautiful city lately. I visited Hamburg for the second time this year last month and am currently planning my next visit in August. It's just so convenient to fly into Tromso via Hamburg and Oslo and spend a few days in the city before getting back to Norway.