After 5 turbulent weeks in Fauske, we've finally moved down south and if you're following me on Instagram, you already know where. Gorgeous Stavanger - the home of Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Kjerag and anything else that tourists love so much about Norway! I can't say that we've explored much just yet. Getting our flat ready and settling in took a bit longer than expected - hence the sudden blog hiatus, sorry for that! Now everything's back to normal though...
When Vanessa of Magnetic North Travel proposed to me to go dog-sledding during my visit to Svalbard in June, I was slightly shocked for a second. Dog-sledding in June? Is the climate in Svalbard really that cold that there’s still snow on the ground in summer? I soon learned that it isn’t in fact that cold this time of year and that there’s such a thing as summer dog-sledding!
If you've been following this move, you'll know that we're spending the summer at Simon's parents' house in Fauske where we moved to with all our stuff (minus furniture) at the beginning of July. It was an Arctic road trip and a move with a view. Can't say that it was a less stressful move than anywhere else but it was a quite gorgeous one for sure!
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!