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.
May 17th was Norway's National Day and as you might have seen on Snapchat and Instagram, we celebrated with lots of good food!I wasn't able to celebrate the day last year due to my Master's thesis so this time around, I was even more eager to join in on the fun and so we started the day with a traditional Norwegian champagne breakfast!
Up until this year however, I had never visited any other Danish town.Sure, there are lots of people who say that Denmark has nothing to offer beside Copenhagen anyway or that the countryside is boring. If you've been following this blog for a while though, you know that I love nothing more than discovering off the beaten path destinations all around the Nordics.
Quick and easy is my motto when it comes to cooking and baking and you might feel the same way! Long story short, I'd been planning to make a traditional Norwegian blødkake tarte for the 17th May National Day celebrations but that would have required a whole lot of time that I simply don't have! So when I stumbled upon a recipe for cheese cake in a jar, I knew I had to try this instead!
Could you imagine sleeping in a hotel made of ice one day? Or even getting married in an ice church? The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, offers you all of these and many more experiences and from this year onwards, even year round! We had the pleasure to take a look at the 27th Icehotel and what can I say? This place was as magical as they say!
The portions were more than enough for us and we were very satified with the food. Simon even claims that his was the best burger he's ever eaten in Tromso and I can say that my veggie burger was one of the best I've ever had as well. Furthermore, the friendly staff and the extremely cosy and fun environment also had a share in us having a great evening at Burgr Bar!
I guess I've become really Norwegian in the way that I have to go outside when the weather is good to soak up as much sunshine as possible - even if it's -10 degrees. With long and dark winters, you really learn to appreciate the short summers and sunny days much more and use them much better!And now that the snow starts to melt, I really can't wait to get back into hiking!
Taking into consideration how expensive, difficult and exhausting it was to get to and from Kiruna, the last thing we wanted to do is spend even more money on expensive tours. And Kiruna offers a lot of those! If you're willing to spend $150+ on a tour that lasts 2 hours, Kiruna seems to be a good place to do so, but I can understand if that's not what you had in mind!
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...