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A Trip to the East Coast

Europe, Norway
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Photo of glacier in Mohnbukta, Svalbard.
Some places on Svalbard you can just go and see, as long as you possess and know how to use a snowmobile and a rifle. Then there are other places, where no tourist can go without a guide or a permit that is unobtainable for most of us. Like the…

The Temple of Vroom

Europe, Norway, Safari
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Photo of Templet mountain at Tempelfjorden, Svalbard, seen from Fredheim.
I love going to Tempelfjorden. I went four times in as many weeks, that’s how much I like it. Only basic snowmobile driving skills are required. If I had to choose one snowmobile trip on Svalbard that it’s not crazy to do on your own after having done it once…

What to see in Longyearbyen

Europe, Norway
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Photo of Hiorthfjellet from Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Describing Longyearbyen without just listing all the usual stuff is a challenge. Everything amazing and spectacular has been covered elsewhere, so many times. Instead, I offer a few everyday sights from an ugly town surrounded by natural beauty. These are details I learned by spending a workation here in April…

Winter in Budapest

Europe, Hungary
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Photo of spires and towers in the City Park in Budapest, Hungary
The capital of Hungary is estimated to have operated as a city for two millennia now. The many old towers and spires certainly gives it a touch of old. However, most of what we see as visitors to Budapest is “merely” 250 years or so old. There’s still enough to…

Bratislava makes a good tripoint

Farská street in Bratislava, Slovakia
If you want spectacular tourist attractions, the capital of Slovakia may not be your best choice. Apart from cheap food, drinks and opera tickets, it can’t compete with the nearby capitals Vienna and Budapest. Still, it’s a cozy city with a charming old town, full of Eastern Europe atmosphere. And…

Lofoten – Summer or Winter?

When to visit Lofoten, Norway - Summer or Winter.
It used to be that a visit to Northern Norway was just a summer thing. Then Iceland happened. Before, most foreigners traveling to Iceland would be the most extreme fans of Björk and/or NASA scientists searching for landscapes similar to Mars. Then Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland. The…

Coolest Hotel Ever

Photo of the Icehotel room A Night At The Theatre, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
We’re in Lofoten, surrounded by spectacular scenery, when the American we brought along suddenly demands to be taken to Sweden, to a curiously named place near Kiruna; Jukkasjärvi. To visit an ice hotel, of all things. Apparently it’s on a bucket list, which means there’s no way around it. Bucket…

Into the West

Photo of mountain road in Hemsedal, Norway.
With somewhat limited options because of the coronavirus situation, it’s time for another domestic road trip from Oslo across the mountains to Norway’s west coast. In Vestland county there’s always another narrow road you haven’t noticed before, which will bring you to a place where rocks and water meet in…
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