Category Archives: Scandinavia and the Nordics

6 Reasons to LOVE Hattvika Lodge in the Lofoten Islands

My office for the afternoon

I take pride in knowing about some of the coolest accommodation options in Norway, so when I was scrolling through social media and came across a short video from the Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad in the Lofoten Islands, I was in shock that I hadn’t heard about the place. Upon further investigation (my way of […]

Horseback Riding in the Lofoten Islands with Hov Gård (Gimsøy)

horseback riding lofoten islands in norway

There are not many activities as cool as horseback riding in the Lofoten Islands that you can partake in when in this otherworldly part of Northern Norway.  We have gone riding on Icelandic horses twice with Hov Gård in two different seasons and had two different experiences (but both were good!). This post details our […]

How to Get from Ålesund Airport to the City Center (in 2024)

How to get from Ålesund Airport to the city center - MissSlowdown - Shutterstock

Alesund is one of the most beautiful port towns in Norway, with the humble and cozy Ålesund Airport (AES) being the starting point for most travelers to the region. Alesund, a scenic little town surrounded by mind-blowing nature, is located in the western part of the country and is also known for being the entry point […]

3 Unique Tours to Visit an Ice Cave in Svalbard (+ My Tips!)

How to visit an ice cave in Svalbard

Svalbard is home to countless unique opportunities and travel experiences, and one of winter’s most famous is visiting an ice cave! From approximately January until May, it is possible to visit an ice cave in Svalbard. And the best part about it is that there are a few ways that you can do it! In […]

Arctic Wildlife Tour in Svalbard: My Experience, Photos, & Tips

You'll almost definitely see Svalbard reindeer though.

One thing many people don’t realize about Svalbard until they get there is that most summer tours involve hiking or boating, and most winter tours involve snowmobiles or dog-sledding. There is very little in between, and I am here to tell you that there is one Arctic wildlife tour in Svalbard that is worth it […]