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.
Who wouldn't want to spend a hot and sunny day by the waterside? Luckily the water is never far in Copenhagen and I'd say the best way to see the city is by boat anyway. You can rent a boat and play captain if you want, though this option is pretty expensive.
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!
Once in Iceland however, things became a bit less awesome. On the bus from Keflavik to Reykjavik, I managed to take exactly 10 pictures (from beautiful flowers and geysers in the distance though) before falling asleep - hello jetlag! Nonetheless I had planned to see everything Reykjavik has to offer so no rest for me. Big mistake!
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!
Malmö is a pretty laid-back town and the perfect destination if you want to spend a relaxing weekend somewhere off the beaten path. It also makes the perfect day trip destination if you're staying in Copenhagen and after a couple of days in Denmark's capital, you will enjoy the calmness of Malmö.
Gothenburg is a wonderful city and completely blew my mind! I definitely regret not having stayed there longer and will absolutely come back some day! Overall I stayed there three nights, spending my first evening at my accommodation as I was exhausted from the journey, and spending my last day out in the archipelago which left me with only one full day in the city itself.