I would choose a hike in the mountains over a day in the office anytime but this morning, I’m not so sure. Is it even wise to climb a mountain when the view is so terrible and the weather that bad? I mean, we’re in polar bear territory and wouldn’t even be able to see one if there’d be one close by.
Svalbard. An Arctic archipelago halfway between the North Pole and the Norwegian mainland. 60% of the islands is covered by glaciers, and the landscape is a polar desert - you have to look closely to find any vegetation here. October to February is one long polar night while April to August is a never-ending day, thanks to the midnight sun.
Since announcing our decision to leave Tromsø and move to Southern Norway, I've gotten quite a few questions a la: "What happens to your blog", "What are you hoping to gain from the move", and of course, "Where are you moving to"? Therefore I've gathered them all and decided to make a Q&A video which now has all the answers!
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.
I've lived in Tromsø for 3 years now and for me, it's definitely time for a change of scenery. Even though life in the Arctic has been great and full of adventures, Tromsø, like any other place, has its flaws and I thought I'd make a video explaining the most important ones. Obviously everyone perceives life in Tromsø differently though, so this is just my personal story!
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!