First Introduction to Norway/Scandinavia and How It Made Me Feel

First of all, I need to confess that my first trip to Norway and Scandinavia was merely motivated by the fact that I had no burning desire to see new places in the continental Europe in addition to those places that I had already seen. Even though this first trip to Scandinavia was not triggered by exciting reasons, I can today say that this 2009 trip has to great extent changed my life. Scandinavia is today my favorite region in the entire World. While every single region of Norway is...

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Tromso: We need to Talk About the Northern Lights

Seeing or not seeing the Northern Lights, that is the question. Don’t you agree? One of the most sought after travel experiences of our current times is the concept of “experiencing the Northern Lights”, a concept that I somehow refrained from getting close to for a long time. The main reason for that was to avoid the potential disappointment that I would have to face if I planned my whole trip around this concept and then did not get to see the lights. Even if you travel during the best...

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The Tiny Red Cabin in Hamnoy

My first trip to Lofoten Islands was in autumn and there were very few visitors on the islands other than the locals. I remember that a tiny red cabin sitting right in the middle of a fjord blew off my mind during this time when I almost felt like I was the only one on the islands. That was and is still one of the most beautiful views that I have ever seen. During this first introduction with this tiny cabin, I remember thinking that a cabin may be a home to a fisherman or a lone writer. When...

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Norway by Train: From North to South

Norway, just like its people, is a very tall and slim country. You will always have the company of amazing nature regardless of the mode of transportation that you use to travel within Norway. You will get to see the snowy peaks if you are traveling by air. If you are on a train, you can at anytime spot people fishing over the ice through a hole digged in the ice. A bus trip will take you through amazing tree dominated landscapes. If you ask my personal favorite though – after a 17 hours...

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Henningsvaer: Venice of Lofoten Islands? Even Nicer.

Even though the title suggests otherwise, do not get me wrong. I truly love Venice of Italy. You will discover that Venice has this whole other mysterious face once you find those spots away from the crowds. Our topic is however different and concerns the stylish and small fishing town of Henningsvaer located in Lofoten Islands in Norway. I started off with Venice as Heningsvaer is commonly referred to as the Venice of Lofoten Islands despite my objection. I think that this nickname...

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One of the Northernmost Cities of Norway: Tromso

Tromso, one of the northernmost cities in Norway, is an ideal location to experience the feeling of a winter town even if you do not get to see the Northern Lights. The first thing I can underline about this town, which is a mere two hours plane ride away from Oslo, is how cozy the entire town feels. You can get your ticket for a low coast but decent carrier - Norwegian Airlines for as low as Euro 50-60 one way and travel up to Tromso by witnessing amazing aerial views all the way through....

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Flam

When I think of Norway, I mostly think of rural areas as opposed to the urban ones. It however does not mean that Norwegian cities are not attractive. Even the largest city of Norway – Oslo – is not like your usual big cities, which can easily get quite tiring. While they may not be my primary source of inspiration in Norway, the western town of Norway – Bergen, is also considered to be one of the top destinations within Norway. Bergen is indeed a beautiful city despite its quite frequent...

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Lofoten Islands: Reine v. Hamnoy

If you ask the most photographed place in Lofoten Islands, many people will answer saying “Reine”. Regardless of the season, the bridge overlooking Reine is always full of photographers especially during sunset and sunrise hours. Even though I am also quite interested in photography, the size and the variety of the equipment used by these photographers always make me feel a little bit intimated and makes me question if I am not doing enough. It is weird that whenever I think of Reine, one of...

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