Bergen is such a lovely gem at the west coast of Norway and even though it's Norway's second biggest city, it's extremely compact and cosy! You can walk almost anywhere and 2 days are plenty of time to see most of what the city has to offer! I got to visit Bergen back in February and the city did not hold up to its reputation as Norway's rainiest place - it didn't rain one bit during my stay. Instead, the city was covered in snow - which, to be honest, made it even more beautiful!
Imagine my excitement over getting the chance to visit a reindeer farm in Lapland this winter! Feeding and cuddling baby reindeer in a winter wonderland? That does sound like a day too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, you're lucky because I'm going to recap the entire day for you in this post - and don't worry, there's plenty of cute reindeer footage coming along!*
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!
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!
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!
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?
Before heading to my parents' house in Germany, Simon and I decided to spend a few days in Berlin to check out the Christmas markets there and do a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping.While Berlin has, of course, loads of Christmas markets to choose from, we visited the Nordic-themed Lucia Market and it was hands-down the best market we've been to during this entire Vlogmas!
Last week, we made our way to the tiny town of Egersund, which is situated an hour south of Stavanger. During the Christmas season, the town centre transforms into one big Christmas market and that’s something we just couldn’t miss!We were incredibly lucky with the weather as we got to experience the very first snowfall of the season at the Christmas market, which made the whole visit even more magical
Last week, we explored locally and checked out what our new home of Stavanger has to offer in terms of Christmas. Turns out, a lot! From a Christmas market of the unusual sort, to a stunning gingerbread village at the Oil Museum, to absolutely gorgeous fairy lights all over the city!Stavanger is such a lovely town and you should definitely consider visiting in winter to skip (most of) the crowds and experience the Christmas magic :)
Haugesund is a fishing town situated halfway between Bergen and Stavanger, in Karmøy municipality of Rogaland county of Norway. It's just 2-hour drive from here, making it the perfect place for a day trip! The town itself is super charming. Very similar to Stavanger when it comes to architecture, weather and views, but without all the crowds. See it for yourself in my Vlogmas video!
You might have heard it by now, but 4 months ago, I left the city of Tromsø, that was my expat home for 3 years, to move to Stavanger at the west coast of Norway - mainly because I just couldn't deal with polar night anymore!Now that I've got to know the city a bit better and have lived here for a while, I thought it was time for a little update, and, of course, for a little more insight into what life in Stavanger actually is like!
After our day exploring stunning Mjelle Beach and Kjerringøy near Bodø this summer, we couldn't not explore more of the city itself! While my boyfriend Simon has grown up in the area and knows the city well already, I had only been there once after an extremely nauseating experience on board of the express boat from Lofoten.
Bodø has lots of gorgeous gems to offer and that's why I just can't stop recommending you to visit the region! Two of those gems I had the pleasure to visit on a really moody day this summer were Mjelle Beach and Kjerringøy! Even though the weather was terrible, these two places were incredibly stunning. But see for yourself:
Summer in Northern Norway isn't exactly sun-bathing, ice-cream eating and swimming in the ocean for 3 months. If you're lucky you get that feeling for about a week - and if you're extremely unlucky, maybe only for 3 days. That doesn't mean that summer in Northern Norway is dull of course. As with all places, it's just what you make of it!
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!
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!
Is it a dream of yours to travel through Scandinavia one day? I've already done a roadtrip through Southern Scandinavia from Oslo via Gothenburg to Malmö and Copenhagen but there was one region I'd never been to: Mainland Denmark!So for this year's Easter holiday, I decided to head to Aarhus, stopping in Aalborg on the way. And as I wanted to take it easy on this trip, I didn't go by plane but opted for the scenic route instead: a ferry ride with Stena Line!
May 17th was Norway's National Day and as you might have seen on Snapchat and Instagram, we celebrated with lots of good food!I wasn't able to celebrate the day last year due to my Master's thesis so this time around, I was even more eager to join in on the fun and so we started the day with a traditional Norwegian champagne breakfast!