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What to keep in mind when planning a trip to Norway

What to keep in mind when planning a trip to Norway

I’ve recently spent a few days on a cabin holiday in Haugaland (as you know if you’re following me on Instagram) - a region that isn’t exactly well known or on many peoples’ bucket list. The point of this little autumn break was to leave the city and work behind to truly relax a bit, and to discover one of Norway’s lesser-known and truly underestimated gems - of which there are so so many!

I guess I don’t necessarily need to explain why I prefer visiting somewhere lesser known where there aren’t any crowds around, over ticking off “must-see” lists of places I’ve seen 1000 times on social media already, but I guess I’m doing it anyway as there’s a lot more to it than you might think.

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.

The Preikestolen Hike in Norway: All you need to know to climb Pulpit Rock (without breaking your leg)

The Preikestolen Hike in Norway: All you need to know to climb Pulpit Rock (without breaking your leg)

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!

Western Norway's Secret Island: Utsira

Western Norway's Secret Island: Utsira

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!

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.

The Trollpikken Hike - Where to find the rock formation Google Maps has banned

The Trollpikken Hike - Where to find the rock formation Google Maps has banned

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

Hiking to Månafossen Waterfall in Western Norway - All you need to know

Hiking to Månafossen Waterfall in Western Norway - All you need to know

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.

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!

More than just Pulpit Rock - Explore Stavanger's City Islands with me

More than just Pulpit Rock - Explore Stavanger's City Islands with me

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.

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!

Visiting Norway by Cruise // 5 Things you need to know

Visiting Norway by Cruise // 5 Things you need to know

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:

Visiting Norway during Christmas or New Year's Eve? - 3 Things to consider (and where to go)!

Visiting Norway during Christmas or New Year's Eve? - 3 Things to consider (and where to go)!

Well, if you’d honestly ask me, I would give you a list of places I find suitable for a Christmas vacation that wouldn’t include Norway (or any of the Nordic countries for that matter), but I really don’t want to ruin your Christmas spirit. Yes, Norway can be the magical winter wonderland you’re looking for - however, it highly depends on where you’re planning to go exactly! In this post, I’m therefore highlighting everything you should consider before booking that Christmas/New Year’s Eve trip to Norway!

Glad Mat & Tall Ships Races - Summer in Stavanger

Glad Mat & Tall Ships Races - Summer in Stavanger

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.

7 easy hikes in and around Stavanger

7 easy hikes in and around Stavanger

Norwegians quite simply have a different understanding of a simple hike than someone who grew up in the plains of Germany (in other words: me). Understandably so, Norwegian kids grow up hiking in the mountains while I, even after 4 years in the country, still can’t get myself to even attempt to hike Pulpit Rock - that edge just looks too scary! So, when I say “easy hikes”, I really mean it! The following 7 hikes all feature relatively flat terrain and well-maintained trails, and could probably easily be done by any Norwegian 2-year old ;) ... Well maybe not quite a 2-year old but at least, these hikes are manageable even if you’re not in best shape and/or suffer from a fear of heights! Happy hiking!

Norway in summer: Where to go to avoid the crowds

Norway in summer: Where to go to avoid the crowds

Why you would want to stand in line (and this is no joke!) at Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga and co. when there's an entire country of over 1600 km in length to explore, is beyond me! Therefore, I've decided to put together a small selection of alternatives to the "must-sees" of Norway - for anyone who'd like to escape the summer crowds in the country and those of you, who are seeking to discover Norway like a local!

Getting to know Norway's Vikings at Hafrsfjordkaupangen, Stavanger

Getting to know Norway's Vikings at Hafrsfjordkaupangen, Stavanger

Stavanger is one of the oldest cities of Norway and remnants of human settlement in the area date back to the Viking Age. All the more reason to stop obsessing with Pulpit Rock for a moment and have a closer look at the city and its history itself! Often overlooked by tourists coming to visit, Stavanger actually has an abundance of Viking culture to offer - there are old gravestones with runic inscriptions, the former residence of Harald Fairhair at Utstein, and, of course, several monuments paying tribute to the Battle of Hafrsfjord. The biggest and for most people probably also most interesting attraction when it comes to experiencing Viking culture in Stavanger however, has got to be Hafrsfjordkaupangen!

Visiting Norway with Food Intolerances: What to Eat and Where

Visiting Norway with Food Intolerances: What to Eat and Where

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.