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Costa del Cold

Europe, Norway, Road trip
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Photo of Skippergaten, a street in Stavern, Norway.
This July road trip between Oslo and Kristiansand could hardly be any more different from the one we did back in March, when we traveled through Lofoten. Instead of  being frozen while surrounded by magnificent rough scenery, we’ll follow a trail of cute and touristy seaside towns taken straight out…

One Day in Addis Ababa

Africa, Ethiopia, Tips
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Photo of Lion of Judah monument in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Up until last decade ago, “no one” went to Ethiopia. This has changed, thanks to an easy-to-get eVisa, the rise of Ethiopian Airlines, and a unique range of natural wonders and ancient rock churches. Ethiopia now gets about one million international tourists per year, except when a global pandemic is…

Winter in Lofoten

Europe, Norway, Road trip
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Photo of main road E10 through Lofoten, Norway
The islands of Lofoten receive a massive tourist crowd every summer. If you go in the winter instead, you’ll be part of a much smaller herd. You’ll find the same views, only whiter, colder and only for a limited number of hours per day. This is the Arctic, after all.…

For the Wien

Austria, Europe
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Photo of Schloss Schönbrunn seen from the south-west.
I usually don’t haste through a city, unless forced to do so by crime statistics. Any city and even most towns require a lot of time to understand and fully enjoy. But sometimes one day is all you have, and you have better make the best of it. Here are…

A Winter Visit to Polar Park

Europe, Norway, Road trip, Safari
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Photo of walking lynx in Polar Park, Norway
Travel a bit around Norway, and you’ll find it impossible to miss the incredible scenery. These pristine landscapes are of course also full of mostly shy wildlife. Go hiking in the right areas, and you may experience some animal encounters. On a road trip, however, you can drive around for…

Life on Planet Earth in the 2010s

Travel
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Photo of rural Bjørke church in Nannestad, Norway.
The end of a decade is only a random point in time, of course. And yet, as I sit at my desk and look out at a wintery version of the scene above, this moment inspires some thoughts in me. Your entire life can change in one second. There is…

One day in Ephesus

Europe, Turkey
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Photo of Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey.
Turkey receives millions of tourists every year. It’s a cheap destination, although it’s not the most politically stable place you can go. Just don’t book too far ahead, and it’s likely that your trip will be as safe and easy as any. A huge share of visitors to Turkey are…

The Best Kruger Park Safari

Photo of silhouette giraffe head against setting sun in Africa.
Travel in Africa can be many things, but a safari is the continent’s best and most unique experience. And it doesn’t even have to be expensive. This may change soon. Classic African wildlife encounters will eventually only be found in the largest nature reserves. Ever more people will want to…

Lomsdal-Visten National Park

Norwegian nature at its best. River in Lomsdal-Visten national park.
If you want wilderness, Norway is a great place to seek it. Everyone knows this. And yet, most visitors to Norway go to the same few places, where the wilderness can be surprisingly full of people. Preikestolen. Trolltunga. Jotunheimen. Lofoten. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. And it certainly…

Hiking the Lycian Way

View from the Lycian Way near Alinca
The Lycian Way is Turkey’s most famous long-distance hike. According to the Internet, it’s a 500+ kilometers long fascinating mix of stunning coastline, olive groves, rustic towns and ancient ruins. Having walked the even longer Camino de Santiago across Spain and the even hotter Via Francigena through Italy, I was…
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