I totally get the wish, of course, but I'd also like to make sure that if you go, you choose a tour operator that cares well for the animals. What you need to consider before booking that trip and what to look out for before choosing a dog-sledding/reindeer-sledding or whale-watching tour, will thus be the topic of this article!
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!*
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!*
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.
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!
As there are no roads in Sjunkhatten National Park, the only way to get to Sjunkfjorden is by boat. The few hours of daylight during polar night in winter and temperatures of up to -35 degrees Celsius in the most extreme cases, contribute to this being one of the wildest places in the area – but for exactly this reason, Sjunkfjorden has got to also be one of the most stunning spots in the national park.
Bodø. A city with only 45000 inhabitants in Northern Norway - situated 100 km from the Lofoten Islands and over 500 km from Tromsø further north. Not many travelers know about Bodø and many of those who do only use it as a pit stop to get to Lofoten. Others don't even stop here at all and head to Tromsø instead, which arguably offers more sights and attractions but is thus also more crowded and expensive.
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.
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.
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:
Nestled in between two gorgeous national parks, Sjunkhatten and Rago, Fauske has a lot to offer to those who brave the Arctic weather and want to embark on a trek in the middle of nowhere. One of the most stunning, yet easily accessible trails is the one leading up to Midtiskar valley which I'll give you detailed information on in this post!
Are you planning to visit Tromsø to see the Northern Lights? To go hiking in the mountains? Or just to experience what the Arctic is like? Well, you've certainly come to the right place by browsing my blog posts on the city but those can only give you so much info. If you're looking for all the information you could possibly need for your trip to Tromsø, then my e-guidebook to the city is all you need!
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!
Visiting Svalbard was intense. At one point I found myself staring at the towering mountains across the fjord and feeling incredibly small. I can't really put the feeling into words but one thing is for sure: Svalbard is enchanting! Once visited, this place never leaves you and in all earnesty, Svalbard managed to make me want to live there.
When Vanessa of Magnetic North Travel proposed to me to go dog-sledding during my visit to Svalbard in June, I was slightly shocked for a second. Dog-sledding in June? Is the climate in Svalbard really that cold that there’s still snow on the ground in summer? I soon learned that it isn’t in fact that cold this time of year and that there’s such a thing as summer dog-sledding!
I would choose a hike in the mountains over a day in the office anytime but this morning, I’m not so sure. Is it even wise to climb a mountain when the view is so terrible and the weather that bad? I mean, we’re in polar bear territory and wouldn’t even be able to see one if there’d be one close by.
Svalbard. An Arctic archipelago halfway between the North Pole and the Norwegian mainland. 60% of the islands is covered by glaciers, and the landscape is a polar desert - you have to look closely to find any vegetation here. October to February is one long polar night while April to August is a never-ending day, thanks to the midnight sun.
To describe Svalbard in 3 words, I'd say barren, Arctic and just different from anything I've ever seen. Svalbard in the summer is brown rocks and tundra with patches of snow, and the blue, sometimes green-ish ocean. It's a very unique place and one that had made me fall in love with the Arctic all over again.
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.