After 2,5 years of living in the Arctic and three winters spent here, it's however safe to say that I cannot spend the rest of my life in a place which doesn't get any sunlight for 2 months. And I know what you're thinking right now: but there's the Midnight Sun in summer so you'll get plenty of sunshine for the winter! Well...
Planning a visit to Swedish Lapland? Here's my newest video from my Youtube channel, showing you all the things you can do and see in Kiruna when visiting! Oh and if you plan on going skiing, don't make Simon's mistake! He was genuinely afraid he had destroyed my camera, haha. Luckily it all went well and it lived to bring you the footage!
Well, we're not quite rid of the snow here in Tromso yet but I just wanted to use this day to say thanks to everyone tagging me on Instagram and using #snowintromso. I got to admire some stunning pictures of Tromso in the snow this winter! So I thought it might be nice to share my favourite pictures of yours and your favourite pictures of mine this winter!
For some reason, crime novels have become really popular here in Norway during Easter so everyone buys a few before heading to the cabin. In fact, the traditional Easter Crime has become so important, that there's one printed on the side of the milk cartons. It’s a crime cartoon and people can solve the crime and send in their answers to win a prize after the holidays.
We decided to visit Kiruna by bus and train in the naive assumption that it would be cheap. Considering our taxi fares and all the stress we had on our journey to and from Swedish Lapland, I certainly would rather spend a few bucks more and rent a car next time. But well, hindsight is 20/20. Don't make our mistakes on your trip to the Arctic Circle!
SPiS transforms into an a la carte restaurant in the evening and admittedly, I didn't quite get how that would fit to a hostel/budget hotel at first but the key here is that SPiS isn't just popular among tourists but also among locals, and especially so at the weekends! The place was packed so if you're staying here during the weekend, definitely make sure to order a table in advance!
SPiS verwandelt sich in ein A La Carte Restaurant am Abend und ganz ehrlich, ich habe anfangs nicht so ganz verstanden wie das denn zu einem Hostel/günstigem Hotel passen kann. Es stellte sich jedoch heraus, dass SPiS nicht nur bei Touristen beliebt ist, sondern auch bei der Lokalbevölkerung, und zwar speziell an Wochenenden!
I visited the city for 4 days back in 2014 and although I totally enjoyed the sights like the Opera House and the peninsula Bygdøy with its many museums, I also found the city incredibly expensive, touristy and overall not like the Norway I knew from Trondheim and Tromsø. To me, Oslo was kind of lacking the Norwegian charm that I had experienced in other places.
Driving on snow and ice sounds scary and I can totally understand if your immediate reaction to the title of this post was "hell no"! But bear with me for a second cause driving in winter in the Arctic isn't all just blizzards and avalanches. Especially not on the "highways" or well, main roads in Norway and Sweden.
So you've finally decided to head to Tromso to hunt the Northern Lights, spot some whales, experience the Midnight Sun or simply enjoy the gorgeous Arctic nature. You've booked your flights and hotels and possibly a few tours but what else is there to do? Let me give you a quick rundown of everything you need to do before heading to Tromso!