To describe Svalbard in 3 words, I'd say barren, Arctic and just different from anything I've ever seen. Svalbard in the summer is brown rocks and tundra with patches of snow, and the blue, sometimes green-ish ocean. It's a very unique place and one that had made me fall in love with the Arctic all over again.
Consisting of cake, cream and jello, this cake basically is a calorie bomb which is probably also why it's called "bestemorskake" (Grandmother's cake) in Norwegian cause let's be honest, aren't all our grandmothers trying to spoil us with hearty food all the time?It probably won't do you any good if you're still trying to fit into that tiny bikini that's been gathering dust in your wardrobe all winter but it's delicious!
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.
Yes, Tromsø is quite an expensive place to visit but that doesn't mean that a budget stay is impossible. If you've read my guide on free things you can do and see in town, you already know that activities don't have to make up the biggest chunk of your spendings. Accommodation however is a different story but I hope I can help you out a bit with this overview of where to stay in Tromsø if you're traveling on a budget!
Is it a dream of yours to travel through Scandinavia one day? I've already done a roadtrip through Southern Scandinavia from Oslo via Gothenburg to Malmö and Copenhagen but there was one region I'd never been to: Mainland Denmark!So for this year's Easter holiday, I decided to head to Aarhus, stopping in Aalborg on the way. And as I wanted to take it easy on this trip, I didn't go by plane but opted for the scenic route instead: a ferry ride with Stena Line!
I don't know about you but I cannot believe that it's already June!Anyway, June is the last month of us living in Tromso and you would think that we'd be more than busy packing our life in boxes and trying to figure out what our next step will be. But no, we'll also travel to Svalbard later this month and it shapes up to be just one big, amazing adventure!
Have you ever visited a city that made you feel like home immediately? A city that you could re-visit over and over again without ever getting bored? For me, this place is Hamburg - a hanseatic beauty in Northern Germany that is often overlooked by tourists in favour of Berlin or Bavaria. Hamburg just has a special place in my heart and will forever be my favourite German city.
Wenn Ihr genauso Skandinavien-begeistert seid wie ich, habt Ihr bestimmt schon vom NORR Magazin gehört! Die neueste Ausgabe ist seit heute auf dem Markt und Ihr wisst sicher auch schon, warum ich das erwähne - genau, weil's dort u.a. auch um Tromsø geht! Für die diesjährige Sommerausgabe des NORR, wurde ich eingeladen am Mini-Reiseführer Tromsø mitzuwirken und wurde ausserdem zu meinem Leben im hohen Norden befragt.
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.