What is better than combining a city trip to Tromsø - the Paris of the North - with a few days of road tripping in the Lofoten Islands - a region that can easily be described as Norway in a nutshell? That’s right - a trip to Tromsø AND Lofoten is hard to beat, but how exactly can you travel from Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands? The distance is a whopping 400 kilometres after all. Should you take the plane? Rent a car? Take the bus? Or go by cruise? Learn more about the different ways to get from Tromsø to Lofoten and find out which way works best for you in the following!
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.
While I can totally see the charm of this beautiful city in the summer, it just so happened that I got to visit Tallinn in winter (late-March to be precise, which is still considered winter by local standards), but if you’ve followed along on Instagram, you know that I had a blast anyway! Tallinn is just one of those cities that keeps you busy no matter the season, and being able to explore without having to stand in line and waste time is always a huge plus in my opinion, so here’s how you can also make the most of a trip to Tallinn in winter!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
When you think of Finland, do you immediately either think of Helsinki or Finnish Lapland? Basically, you just don’t know what else the country has to offer? Trust me, I’ve been there! Up until I first visited Finland as part of the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience last year, I had no clue what else is out there either. Turns out, though, Finland has loads of places that might surprise you. After having had a blast in the small town of Lahti, as well as Ruka-Kuusamo last year, I decided to head west this time around, to visit Turku - Finland’s oldest and third largest city! Needless to say that Turku is one of those Finnish places that might totally surprise you. Read on to find out what there’s to do and see when you visit Turku.
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!
Kristiansand is Norway’s 5th largest city, situated in sunny Southern Norway (or as locals call it: “Norway’s Riviera”). Not to be mistaken for Kristiansund - a much smaller town at the Atlantic Road between Trondheim and Ålesund - southern Kristiansand might be more popular among Norwegians looking for sunshine and warmth in their own country, than it is among international visitors. After having visited myself recently, I’d argue, though, that Kristiansand is a wonderfully charming city that offers the perfect combination of a city trip with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, and I can only highly recommend you to visit next time you’re in 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!*
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!
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.
Are you planning a trip to Tromsø next winter to see the Northern Lights? There’s countless of information out there on whether to book a Northern Lights tour, what to wear and what to see - but what are the things you should NOT, under any circumstance, do? Read on to find out!
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!
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!
Been to Copenhagen multiple times and think you’ve seen it all? Think again! Copenhagen is my favourite city in Scandinavia and the Nordics, and even though I’ve now been 4 times, I still seem to encounter new and exciting places and things to do on every visit. In this article, I’ll share some of my favourite spots and activities with you!
Whether you move here to work or study, life in Norway is super expensive and it’s difficult to live on a budget. Difficult, however, doesn’t mean impossible! I’ve been making the budget life in Norway work for me ever since moving here as a student and although there’s no way of getting around the fact that the cost of living is just really high in Norway, I’ve had plenty of time to learn how best to save money during the last 4,5 years.
Having lived in and explored the Nordics quite extensively over the past few years, I often forget that not everyone is quite as crazy about snow and hygge as I am. In fact, it seems that not everyone even knows what the Nordics really are! Since that’s (sort of) mind-boggling to me, I’ve decided to do something about it and bust 7 common misconceptions and myths about the Nordics in this article!
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.
If renting a car abroad is something that scares you, you’re not alone. I haven’t sat behind the wheel of a car since moving to Norway and I don’t intend to change that anytime soon (I’m SUCH a nervous driver!). Luckily for you and me, you don’t necessarily need a car to explore Norway, Sweden and Denmark as Scandinavia can easily be visited by train! In this article, I’ll present you with my favourite itinerary to Scandinavia, as well as further information on travel in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, so that all you need to do is book that ticket and go!
In this spoonie travel guide to Copenhagen, I’m therefore going to present the city in regards to how easy it is to visit with a chronic illness: Where can you take a break and enjoy a packed lunch with foods you know you tolerate? Where you can you visit the restroom? What kind of activity is there to do on a day when you just don’t have much energy available? Scroll down to read the answers to these and more questions and don’t forget to share the article with anyone you think might benefit from it!
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.
From now on, this little space of mine, along with my YouTube and all social media channels, is called “Nordic Wanders”. To me, the name provides a lot more freedom to write about Northern Europe in general, whereas with "Snow in Tromso” I always felt like going off-topic if I didn’t write about Tromsø or the Arctic, let alone another country than Norway. The name also represents my own journey (or wander - get it?) of how I first travelled around Northern Europe, before moving to Tromsø and then going on to live in Stavanger and exploring more of Northern Europe from there. I had no idea of where I would end up back then and I have no idea of where I’ll end up now, but one thing is for sure - I’m most passionate about Northern Europe and the Arctic, so running a blog with a broader focus on the north will hopefully allow me to do this for maybe another 5 years?!
With only 7 hours of daylight, an average temperature of 3 degrees Celsius and plenty of rain, visiting Copenhagen in winter can make for quite a cold and wet adventure. Fortunately for you, though, I recently made the test and visited Copenhagen in December to find out what Denmark’s cosy capital is really like during winter - and, more importantly, how you can make the most of your visit even if it’s grey and rainy!
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!
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!