I actually planned my trip to Bergen three times before I finally made it, but visiting in February, while the city was covered in snow, couldn't have been a better time - not only did I avoid the summer and Christmas crowds, I also saved a huge amount of money on accommodation! In fact, I only spent roundabout $250 - not bad for a weekend trip in Norway! In this article, I therefore want to give you a detailed overview of how much I spent, what I did, and how you can travel to Bergen for under $250 too - even if you don't live in Norway!
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!
Copenhagen’s rich and powerful history as the capital of the Danish Empire interweaves beautifully with some of today’s sleekest metropolitan advancement, making this a destination to draw travellers of every sort of interest. And Copenhagen isn’t called “the city of towers” for no reason - the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Denmark’s capital is by climbing one of its many viewpoints.
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!
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!
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! 😉
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!
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...
Have you ever visited a city that made you feel like home immediately? A city that you could re-visit over and over again without ever getting bored? For me, this place is Hamburg - a hanseatic beauty in Northern Germany that is often overlooked by tourists in favour of Berlin or Bavaria. Hamburg just has a special place in my heart and will forever be my favourite German city.
Up until this year however, I had never visited any other Danish town.Sure, there are lots of people who say that Denmark has nothing to offer beside Copenhagen anyway or that the countryside is boring. If you've been following this blog for a while though, you know that I love nothing more than discovering off the beaten path destinations all around the Nordics.
I visited the city for 4 days back in 2014 and although I totally enjoyed the sights like the Opera House and the peninsula Bygdøy with its many museums, I also found the city incredibly expensive, touristy and overall not like the Norway I knew from Trondheim and Tromsø. To me, Oslo was kind of lacking the Norwegian charm that I had experienced in other places.
If you've ever been to Sweden, then you probably visited Stockholm, maybe Gothenburg or even Swedish Lapland. The country's third biggest city Malmö though, is rarely on anyone's bucket list. People often head to Malmö on a day trip when there's nothing left to see in Copenhagen. Or when they're on their way to Stockholm or Gothenburg. But has a trip to Malmö as your actual destination ever crossed your mind?
One of the many reasons why I fell in love with Dublin is definitely all the amazing food I got to eat there! And while I certainly visited a fair share of nice restaurants and pubs during my 9-day stay in the city, I know someone who is lucky enough to live there: Welcome Tais from Nyr Dagur Blog!I teamed up with Tais to write the ultimate foodie guide to Dublin with all of her favourite places to eat (the local's perspective) and all of my favourite places (the tourist's perspective).
Now winter isn't the most popular time to travel and even less so when the destination in question only has 6 hours of daylight in December and an average temperature of -3 degrees Celsius in February. Of course, Stockholm is an absolute beauty when the sun shines and you can work on your tan at Lake Mälaren. However winter is a pretty special time to visit Sweden too so here's a quick guide on what there is to see and do if you visit Stockholm in winter.
In case you haven't heard yet - even though that's pretty much impossible - Hamburg is my favourite city in Germany and one of my favourites in the whole of Europe! The city just got everything: a beautiful lake right in the city centre, the wonderful harbour at the river Elbe, lots of interesting museums and of course, lots of good food!