This is my fourth year of living in Norway and you should think that Norway's National Day isn't a big deal for me anymore, except that this year was the first one I got to spend in my new home of Stavanger! Having spent it in cold and rainy (and one year even snowy) Tromsø in previous years, I had high hopes of lovely weather and warm temperatures for the day - which, except for the coastal wind, was a wish come true!
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!
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!
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!
When I moved to Stavanger, I was almost certain that from now on, I'd only ever see snow when visiting Simon's family for the Easter holidays. Literally, everyone told us that "it only ever rains in Stavanger" and asked if we wouldn't miss the snow in Tromsø. Of course, we would, but as it turns out - there was no need to worry!
I use the app daily and scroll through my very Nordic feed to drool over the snow in Tromsø, or to figure out where I'd like to head next. My favourite accounts on Instagram, however, are not those curators who all post the same image they found on yet another curator's account, but the profiles that actually have character.
Judging by the number of times I recommend people to visit Bodø, you must think that I've spent the last 3 years of my life there and not in Tromsø. Seriously though, whenever people ask me about where to visit in Northern Norway besides Tromsø, Bodø is no doubt the first place that comes to mind. The city is close to the Lofoten Islands but has a ton of gorgeous gems right in its own vicinity.
Boring might mean that there's not much to do and see in a place in terms of attractions and entertainment, but in Norway, boring might be the next off the beaten path.Fauske certainly is a beautiful spot that you might want to consider if you'd rather go on a cabin/bonfire/swimming in the lake and going hiking in the mountains type of vacation, than exploring the fjords on an overpriced cruise that's jam-packed with people!
I cannot put this place into words other than that it's magical and that you should visit it at least once in your life!There also is the famous ice church where you can get married if you wish. I have to say that I never really had the urge to get married but standing in this church definitely made me turn into a hopeless romantic as well.
If you've seen my latest vlog, you might know that Norway's National Day on May 17 this year was a rather wet one in Tromso. That didn't stop us from having fun though and I brought my point and shoot camera along to take a few snaps from the parade and also shot our traditional champagne breakfast earlier that day. As a result, I was left with a few pictures that I think, summarize what 17th May in Norway is all about pretty well.
We're about to ring in my favourite time in the Arctic: early spring! I love the period between February and April so much as that's when there's plenty of snow around but the sun is back to create mesmerizing colours in the sky! To let you in on the spectacle, I created a February wallpaper for you that you can download in my Nordic resource library. 'm thinking about making this a regular thing and maybe even publishing a proper calendar at the end of the year? Who knows!
While I would advise you to bring at least a camera, really any camera will do, if you plan on seeing and shooting the Northern Lights in the Arctic - the pure fact that it is possible to capture the lights with a phone shows that you don't really need a DSLR (even though I really really want to have one...)!
I already mentioned that Reykjavik was quite similiar to Tromso (and I promise, there will be a comparison post soon - I'm on it) but there is one thing lacking in my adoptive home: street art! Reykjavik is so colourful (yes, it might not be as colourful as Nuuk but it definitely is more than Tromso) and you can find beautiful art, colourful signs and funny sculptures round almost every corner and particularly where you don't expect it!
Does that sound cosmopolitan? It is! Nuuk is way more than just a small city in the middle of the Arctic! I absolutely fell in love with Nuuk, simply because it offers you the "typical Arctic experience" and all the advantages of a city - just like Tromso or Reykjavik, but better as you're within nature in just 5 mins!
As you may have noticed, I'm a big fan of Hamburg and I flooded Instagram with pictures of this beautiful city lately. I visited Hamburg for the second time this year last month and am currently planning my next visit in August. It's just so convenient to fly into Tromso via Hamburg and Oslo and spend a few days in the city before getting back to Norway.
We finally have snow in Tromso! Whereas January was quite rainy and icy, February brought us A LOT of snow! And while all those snowstorms and the major 3 hour blackout in town weren't that great, the sunny snowy days of which we had quite a few recently were just amazing! Definitely made me feel like it's spring (despite the snow but you know what I mean).
If you've never heard of the Öresund before, it's the strait between Sweden and Denmark and therefore the area around Copenhagen and Malmö is called Öresund region. Of course that's also how the Öresund bridge got its name. It's become a very important region, economically and socially, since the bridge has been built as it makes business and life of Swedes in Denmark and Danes in Sweden so much easier.
After an exam period that lasted for almost 5 weeks and that took place right in the middle of polar night, I finally have time to relax and blog again. Moreover after having been diagnosed with lack of basically every vitamin that you need for your body to function properly and after being put on "extensive vitamin shot therapy", I think I'll be able to blog regularly again.