Heia! My name is Vanessa. I'm a 25 year old expat in Norway and traveller of Scandinavia. I fell in love with the North many years ago and am far from done exploring the region. Want to join me?
The Background Story
I'm from a small town in Germany and have always dreamt about moving to Scandinavia. I spent three years learning Swedish during undergrad studies and embarked on my first solo trip to the North right after graduation. I spent a month volunteering at a guest house in the northernmost village of Europe, visited the North Cape and came to Tromso for the first time.
In August 2014, I then made the move to the Arctic. I studied Northern and Indigenous Studies and in 2015 got the chance to visit Greenland and Iceland for my fieldwork, as well as spending a month in Copenhagen - my favourite city in the Nordics!
Of course I also fell in love during my studies. My boyfriend Simon is half-Norwegian, half-Swedish and 100% Sami. I continue to learn lots about Norwegian and Sami culture by being in this relationship and living in Tromso but I've decided to embark on another adventure, together with Simon this time, and will move to Southern Norway this year.
Or Denmark. Or Greenland.
Do you want to explore the Nordics with me?
If you'd like to read more about my life and travels up north, read the following posts: