Aarhus is the second biggest city of Denmark and was the European Capital of Culture 2017. Did I visit in 2017? Yes! Did I jump on the bandwagon and write about Aarhus and the festivities for its year of culture? Nope. I’m totally behind, but the good news is that I’m finally catching up! I actually spent an entire week in Denmark and got to admire 4 other charming Danish towns that you should totally visit as well! I was based in Aarhus for my entire stay and even though I didn’t get the chance to explore nearly as much as I’d have liked, I hope you’ll still find this mini-guide to Aarhus useful for future reference!
Winter is approaching and you are planning a trip to Tromsø? You've maybe heard of the ice hotel in Kiruna or Kirkenes? As of last winter (2017/2018), there is also such an ice hotel near Tromsø. Initially not designed as a hotel, demand soon required the option to stay there and this should be possible from this winter onwards. Last winter I took part in an organized bus trip from Tromsø and experienced the following:
Ribe was the last place my parents and I visited when we explored Denmark together last year, but this charming small town also was the one place that impressed me most! While Aalborg was a big surprise to me and Odense is so enchanting, Ribe made me want to stay longer and explore more of Denmark's west coast! Not only is Ribe, in south-west Jutland, Denmark's oldest town, it also has plenty of present-day attractions to offer. But see it with your own eyes:
Norwegians quite simply have a different understanding of a simple hike than someone who grew up in the plains of Germany (in other words: me). Understandably so, Norwegian kids grow up hiking in the mountains while I, even after 4 years in the country, still can’t get myself to even attempt to hike Pulpit Rock - that edge just looks too scary! So, when I say “easy hikes”, I really mean it! The following 7 hikes all feature relatively flat terrain and well-maintained trails, and could probably easily be done by any Norwegian 2-year old ;) ... Well maybe not quite a 2-year old but at least, these hikes are manageable even if you’re not in best shape and/or suffer from a fear of heights! Happy hiking!
The prospect of going on yet another day trip on a really miserable, cold and rainy day during last year's Easter holidays didn't excite my parents a whole lot, to be honest. I knew, though, that they'd become much more excited when we'd eventually arrive in what turned out to be Denmark's most enchanting city: Odense! Just a 2-hour drive from Copenhagen, as well as Aarhus, and perfectly situated in the middle of Denmark, Odense makes for the perfect day trip when visiting the country.
Have you ever heard of Aalborg? Granted, Denmark's fourth largest city was a mystery to me for a long time as well - until I hopped on the ferry from Oslo to Denmark and decided that if I'll pass by Aalborg on my way to Aarhus anyway, I might as well make a pit stop for a day and explore what the city has to offer. Turns out, a lot!
Despite my blog's name, the snow in Tromsø doesn't actually last all that long. In fact, winters in Tromsø nowadays, are more characterized by ice and slush than a firm snow cover that lasts 5 months. This winter, however, I was introduced to a place that actually offers 200 days of snow a year - a place that's perfect if you love snow as much as I do: Ruka-Kuusamo in North-Eastern Finland!*
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!
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!*