Long story short, I thought I knew the true meaning of "winter wonderland" from what I've experienced in Tromsø these past few years. Little did I know, though, that there's one place that takes snow to a whole new level: Ruka-Kuusamo in Finnish Lapland! Read on to find out why the area might very well be the most stunning part of Finland - and why the country needs more than just 1 word for snow!
With its location as an island nestled in between fjords and mountains, Tromsø is an extremely good place for any landscape photographer and Instagrammer. Apart from the Northern Lights at night, there are so many other motifs for a great snapshot - whether that be the wooden buildings downtown or the view of the mountains in the distance.I've lived in and photographed the city for 3 years and came across plenty of hidden gems during that time. In this article, I'd thus like to spill a few secret Instagram spots in Tromsø that I'm sure you'll love!
Now, it might be the yummy cuisine of Finland or maybe just all those views and nature, but Finns seem like a very happy people - and I could totally picture myself living in Helsinki!While that's probably never going to happen as my brain doesn't seem willing to learn a 7th language - at least if the language in question is Finnish - I did have the pleasure to get a taste for what life as a Finn is like in Ruka-Kuusamo!
You maybe know the city of Stavanger as the oil capital of Norway. Or maybe as the city closest to Preikestolen. But did you know that Stavanger also is Norway's most colourful city and a real hotspot for street art? This gem at the west coast has so much more to offer than what you might expect and I'm so glad to be able to call it my home.In this article, I'll take you on a visual tour around the street art in town and explain why a street art walk is the best way to really get to know Stavanger!
Seeing the Aurora is on everyone's bucket list and I'm being asked questions about where and when it's best to see them, on a weekly basis. The honest answer, however, is that there is no such thing as "the best place to see the Northern Lights".There are pros and cons to all the tourist hubs in the European Arctic, which I'd like to explain in this article - along with information on what else there is to do and see besides hunting the Aurora.
Are you headed to Tromsø? The Paris of the North (much like the actual Paris) has plenty of restaurants, bars, and, of course, cafes to choose from - no matter whether you'd like to splurge a little on your vacation or if you're on a budget.In this article, I'm showing you 7 of my favourite cafes in the city that I'm sure you'll absolutely love when you come to Tromsø!
Up until this year, I had never even heard about Lahti. Turns out, however, that I've been really missing out. The city of Lahti in Southern Finland is a culinary hotspot with plenty of options to sleep somewhere with a view. The city seems to truly come alive in the summer but there also is a ton of things to do if you're planning on visiting in winter - that is beside watching ski tournaments and stuffing your face with Finnish cuisine (as you definitely want to do if you've read my last post). Here are, thus, 12 things to see and do in the Lahti Region in winter!*
The city of Lahti in Southern Finland isn't just a centre for winter sports but also a culinary hotspot as I've outlined in my last post. First and foremost, however, the Lahti Region with all its lakes is all about nature and views, and it truly was a winter wonderland when I visited in January. Of course, if you're going to go all the way to Finland, you want to stay somewhere that gives you the chance to really immerse yourself in nature and the landscapes around you, right?! These 5 places surely have the views - and much more!*
Have you ever heard of Lahti? This town of 100.000 inhabitants, just a 1.5h drive from Helsinki, is known to many as a centre of winter sports in Finland. Not to me though. I'd never even heard of Lahti before visiting Finland for the first time - and was pleasantly surprised to find a town in stunning surroundings that has so much more to offer than just sports! Lahti is, in fact, a culinary hotspot of Finland and in this post, I'm giving you 8 reasons to visit the Lahti region that all involve delicious Finnish cuisine. I hope you're not reading this on an empty stomach!*
When my friend Christina asked me what I wanted to do during my one full day in Helsinki with her, I had to think for a minute. It took me 26 years to finally visit Finland and although the country had been on my bucket list for ages, I realized that I actually knew very little about its capital. Sure enough, I knew I wanted to visit Helsinki Cathedral because that's what you HAVE to see when visiting the city - but other than that? I had no idea. Until I stumbled upon an article on Twitter showcasing urban nature in and around Helsinki - which had me hooked immediately!
Has winter in your neck of the woods left you disappointed yet again and you've finally decided to head to Finland next year to experience proper snowfall and cold for once? Well, I don't blame you! In fact, winter on Norway's west coast doesn't exactly last long either so I'm totally planning ro re-visit Finnish Lapland as well!
It took me ages but I can finally cross Finland off my bucket list! I visited the country with the Nordic Blogger's Experience* last month and got to experience some pretty stunning places. First and foremost, however, I got to visit the Nordic capital city that everyone in our Scandinavia & Nordics Facebook group is always raving about: gorgeous Helsinki!In this post, I'd like to take you on a quick tour around the city by means of my new vlog, and give you suggestions on what to see, do and eat if you only have one day in Helsinki!
Norway is full of amazing places to visit - you surely know that! But have you heard of Ålesund yet? Many people think that it's the best place to visit in Norway, and while I'm still dying to go, I know someone who has already been there: Ben! After taking over my blog to tell you all about Christmas in Norway, Benjamin Steele is now back to tell you why you need to visit Norway's Art Noveau town - and what you should see and do while you're there!
Hamburg is my favourite city in Germany and I've been there 7 times already! Needless to say that at this point, I've seen all the main sights and museums, so when I visited the city last time, I made it my goal to explore what Hamburg has to offer off the beaten path!Here are thus, 5 hidden gems in and around Hamburg that should totally be on your itinerary if you visit the city and would like to roam where the locals are!
A couple of weeks ago, I visited Hamburg* for the (if I'm not mistaken) 7th time. I've always loved the city but it was only on this trip, that I really got to know more about the city and its past! Of course, I 'd like to share my newly-gained knowledge with you, so here are 15 fun facts about Hamburg you definitely didn't know before - unless you've been to Hamburg 7 times as well! 😉
On my recent trip to Finland, I finally got to meet Silvia from Heart My Backpack in person! She moved to Norway over 2 years ago and has written loads of travel advice for anyone interested in visiting Norway on her blog!Are you interested to hear our 9 insider tips on all things visiting Norway - from when and where to visit, to what to eat, how to travel on a budget and what social norms to follow on your trip?
The cold weather can make you want to snuggle up next to a fire and drink hot chocolate during the winter time. But if you have an adventurous spirit, the cold weather just makes you wish for the warmth so you can get back to exploring the outdoors.Luckily, you don’t have to wait till summer to let your adventurous spirit run wild—not in Norway, at least. It is one of the best countries to visit during the winter season for any adventurer. Here are five amazing things to do while you’re there.
Berlin is an odd mix of German and Soviet influences, with some neighbourhoods being more Turkish or Arabic. Did you know, however, that you can also enjoy the Scandi feeling in Berlin? After all, the city is located just a quick flight from Stockholm, Oslo and co.!So when visiting Berlin this past December, I made it my mission to find more Scandi influences in the city and found 8 hangouts you will definitely enjoy if you're into Scandinavia and the Nordics!
The Harz Mountains of Lower Saxony combine thick forests and snowy mountains with quaint medieval towns, picturesque half-timbered buildings and narrow alleyways. I’ve already been to the towns of Braunlage, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Bad Harzburg, though this Christmas, I got the chance to explore beautiful Goslar for a day as well!