Falls Du daher nach einem Komplettpaket an Informationen für Deine Reise nach Tromsø suchst - also, Infos übers Wetter, was Du einpacken solltest, wieviel Du an einem Tag so alles sehen kannst, wieviel Schnee in Tromso eigentlich liegt, und natürlich wie sich eine Menge Geld sparen lässt - dann ist mein Reiseführer der jetzt endlich auch auf Deutsch vorhanden ist, genau das Richtige für Dich!
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.
Could you imagine sleeping in a hotel made of ice one day? Or even getting married in an ice church? The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, offers you all of these and many more experiences and from this year onwards, even year round! We had the pleasure to take a look at the 27th Icehotel and what can I say? This place was as magical as they say!
Taking into consideration how expensive, difficult and exhausting it was to get to and from Kiruna, the last thing we wanted to do is spend even more money on expensive tours. And Kiruna offers a lot of those! If you're willing to spend $150+ on a tour that lasts 2 hours, Kiruna seems to be a good place to do so, but I can understand if that's not what you had in mind!
Planning a visit to Swedish Lapland? Here's my newest video from my Youtube channel, showing you all the things you can do and see in Kiruna when visiting! Oh and if you plan on going skiing, don't make Simon's mistake! He was genuinely afraid he had destroyed my camera, haha. Luckily it all went well and it lived to bring you the footage!
Well, we're not quite rid of the snow here in Tromso yet but I just wanted to use this day to say thanks to everyone tagging me on Instagram and using #snowintromso. I got to admire some stunning pictures of Tromso in the snow this winter! So I thought it might be nice to share my favourite pictures of yours and your favourite pictures of mine this winter!
We decided to visit Kiruna by bus and train in the naive assumption that it would be cheap. Considering our taxi fares and all the stress we had on our journey to and from Swedish Lapland, I certainly would rather spend a few bucks more and rent a car next time. But well, hindsight is 20/20. Don't make our mistakes on your trip to the Arctic Circle!
Driving on snow and ice sounds scary and I can totally understand if your immediate reaction to the title of this post was "hell no"! But bear with me for a second cause driving in winter in the Arctic isn't all just blizzards and avalanches. Especially not on the "highways" or well, main roads in Norway and Sweden.
If you're following my Youtube channel, you already know that the sun has made its way back to the Arctic which means my favourite part of winter has only just begun! Yes that's right! While some parts of Europe already prepare for spring, we here in Northern Norway prepare for the best part of winter - the bright one! As you may know, Northern Norway experiences polar night between late November and late January which means that during this time, we don't get any sunlight at all and only 2 hours of daylight each day.
Believe or not though, living in and exploring the Arctic isn't always as breath-takingly gorgeous as Instagram and Pinterest might make us believe. Sometimes it can be really messy. Like basically every time there's a snowstorm (she says while the wind is howling through her apartment at 69° North). Snowstorms can be simple - like when they're messing up your hair, smudging your glasses, disrupt an otherwise scenic view or lead to flight delays. Or they can be dramatic - like that day when Simon and I got stuck on top of a mountain in a snowstorm.
Simon was so kind to explain all and everything about polar night not long ago and while he described a few of the many things you can do here during the dark months as a tourist, I'd like to write about how we who actually live here cope with polar night. Now first things first, those who have grown up with polar night, like Simon, don't really have any issues with this time.
In case you read my post on the Northern Lights and you want to come to Tromso or just anywhere north of the Arctic Circle, you need to know something first. These regions experience something that is known as polar night during the winter. So what is polar night? Due to the angle of the earth relative to the sun, the sun will not rise above the horizon at all during the winter months in the region north of the Arctic Circle.
It's 8.30am on a Saturday morning at the harbour of Tromso in Northern Norway. The town is still asleep and there's no one around except for a few tourists on a boat named "Aurora Explorer" who capture mountain Tromstalstind at sunrise. It is a gorgeous sight indeed - a snowcapped mountain illuminated by pink sunrays.
So you finally decided to visit Tromso to see the Northern Lights. Let me explain you what the Northern Lights are, give you some tips on when and where to see them and share some mythology surrounding it. The Northern Lights are aptly named, because you can only see them in the northern parts of the world, that is the Arctic Circle and above...
Finland is the only Nordic country I haven't visited yet. Shocking, right? Well while I'm still dreaming of playing in the snow of Finnish Lapland one day, Mae-Gene from The Wandering Suitcase has already spent a vacation in a Finnish winter wonderland and is here today to tell you all about winter activities beside watching the Northern Lights!
Through my research and talks to various Greenlanders, I found out so much about the country, its people and culture, that goes far beyond all those other "10 interesting things about Greenland" posts. I mean: "Greenland isn't green but Iceland is - how crazy" - seriously?!!
Not long ago, the Norwegian airline Wideroe announced a new direct connection from Tromsø and Oslo to the Lofoten Islands, starting in spring 2017. This is good news not only for tourists but also for those like me who live up north. You see, Northern Norway is an incredibly big area. The region consists of three counties: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.