Are you looking to combine a visit to Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, with a stay in a glass igloo in Rovaniemi? You’re not alone! Each winter, I get emails from readers who can’t quite figure out how to get from Tromsø to Rovaniemi, and since they’ve now established a new winter bus route, I thought it was about time to give you the detailed rundown!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
You have decided to visit Northern Norway to experience the Northern Lights or just to escape the tourist crowds of the south and explore the true wilderness of Norway? You’ve done a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that the Lofoten Islands look gorgeous as well, but you’re not quite confident to drive a car abroad - especially not during winter? Or maybe you’d just like to combine a Nordic city trip with exploring Norway’s great outdoors? Whatever it is that puts you in the position of having to decide between Bodø and Tromsø, I’m going to give you the rundown of both cities and tell you the good, bad and ugly about them, so that hopefully, you’ll be able to make a decision in no time!
Winter is approaching and you are planning a trip to Tromsø? You've maybe heard of the ice hotel in Kiruna or Kirkenes? As of last winter (2017/2018), there is also such an ice hotel near Tromsø. Initially not designed as a hotel, demand soon required the option to stay there and this should be possible from this winter onwards. Last winter I took part in an organized bus trip from Tromsø and experienced the following:
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.
Now, Tromsø might be situated way above the Arctic Circle and transportation options to and from the city might not be as frequent as they are for Oslo, but it's not impossible to get to Tromsø on a budget. There are in total 5 ways to travel to Tromsø - some of them rather fast and easy, and others rather slow and scenic - which I'd all like to present to you in this article, along with their pros and cons!
Are you looking for a last-minute summer getaway somewhere off the beaten path? Or have you been dreaming of the 24-hour summer days of the Arctic for ages? Either way, I know the perfect place for you: Malangen Resort near Tromsø! I was fortunate enough to stay at the resort on a work trip 2 years ago and couldn't help but fall in love with its surroundings. I mean, red cabins with a fjord view? Yes, please!
I totally get the wish, of course, but I'd also like to make sure that if you go, you choose a tour operator that cares well for the animals. What you need to consider before booking that trip and what to look out for before choosing a dog-sledding/reindeer-sledding or whale-watching tour, will thus be the topic of this article!
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!
Seeing the Aurora is on everyone's bucket list and I'm being asked questions about where and when it's best to see them, on a weekly basis. The honest answer, however, is that there is no such thing as "the best place to see the Northern Lights".There are pros and cons to all the tourist hubs in the European Arctic, which I'd like to explain in this article - along with information on what else there is to do and see besides hunting the Aurora.
Are you headed to Tromsø? The Paris of the North (much like the actual Paris) has plenty of restaurants, bars, and, of course, cafes to choose from - no matter whether you'd like to splurge a little on your vacation or if you're on a budget.In this article, I'm showing you 7 of my favourite cafes in the city that I'm sure you'll absolutely love when you come to Tromsø!
A lot of the questions I get, I've heard before: "How much snow is there?", "What do I need to pack?", "What can I do in Tromsø on New Year's Eve?", and the list goes on and on.So I thought I'd make it easier for all of us and provide you with everything you need to know about visiting Tromsø between November and January in this post - after all, surviving 3 polar nights as a Tromsø resident should make me somewhat of an expert?!
Are you planning to visit Tromsø to see the Northern Lights? To go hiking in the mountains? Or just to experience what the Arctic is like? Well, you've certainly come to the right place by browsing my blog posts on the city but those can only give you so much info. If you're looking for all the information you could possibly need for your trip to Tromsø, then my e-guidebook to the city is all you need!
Visiting Tromso? The mountains on the mainland are the perfect place if you’d like to go mountain hiking and take in the view on Tromso from above, without having to leave town or rent a car. There’s several trails you can choose and two peaks you can climb: Storsteinen (“the big rock” at 421 metres above sea level) where the cable car station is situated, and Mt Fløya (671 m) which sits on top of Storsteinen.