It was July, which means that there were few hours of darkness but luckily our adorable accommodation (like most houses within this unfortunate latitude are equipped with strong blinds so that 3AM sunrise doesn’t wake you up). I researched just about every page on Google about this hike. From snacks to bring, the difficulty of the hike, length of hike, needlessly to say I was a tad bit nervous. Disclaimer, at the time (eh who am I kidding, still today too), I wasn’t the greatest hiker or in the greatest shape of life and the four hours with a steady incline and difficulty of seven, scared me.
First off, I want to STRESS that I am in NO way a hiking guide or trained in anything worthy of hiking knowledge, besides graduating from Girl Scouts a veerry long time ago. I am going to outline some tips that I used, personally, before venturing up a mountain or two in Norway.
Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city (behind Oslo and Bergen) and is the cultural hub in Trondelag (the central region of Norway). It rarely makes travelers’ bucket lists and I am not sure why. This picturesque fisherman’s village, splashed with reds, golds, and greens. Alongside mountainous views that you make your jaw drop, literally. If you get the chance to explore this region of Norway, I would highly recommend it, make sure you stop in for some Brunost.
Bergen is one of those cities that captivates you from the moment you arrive, teases you with picturesque landscapes, salty delights, and friendly characters. The only downside to Bergen may be the weather, so pack a scarf, a winter hat and a rain jacket. Be sure to enjoy all that Bergen has to offer; no matter the timeline you’re on.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, a very populated city, home to 40 islands, 343 lakes and a huge green forest: Oslomarka. Sitting on the country’s south coast at the top of the Oslofjord, it is known for its specific Scandinavian architecture, barbaric history of the Vikings, being chilly and pricey. If you are planning on spending a few days in the capital, here are some things you mustn’t miss.
Two (ish) days in Riga, Latvia. Two days is never enough time to see such a beautiful city but if you only have a few days, this is a great itinerary to follow!
Bucket List for visiting Riga, Latvia.
Riga is the capital of one of the enchanting Baltic states: Latvia. This city needs to be on your bucket list. I could go in detail and tell you why Riga needs to be your next destination.
A blog is hard work. Anything you put out on the world wide web with your face and name on it can be daunting. There have been a number times I’ve been nervous about the reaction I would garner from a post or certain photos. Not only that, but grammatical mistakes can be the worst! Luckily, my mother calls me the day after I post an article to let me know I need to work on my spelling. But, through all the hard work, endless hours, and making the thesaurus my new best friend; creating a blog has been a very rewarding challenge.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is straight out of the pages of a medieval fairytale story, filled with potions and castles and odd little dolls. But, Tallinn is tiny; so tiny that most travelers tend to be passerby or day trippers. The easiest and most common route of visitation is across the Gulf of Finland, hop aboard one of the ferries in Helsinki and in a few hours you’ll be transported through time to this medieval fairytale.
Berlin is a quirky and happening city, with literally so much to do. It is basically impossible to find the time to do everything, see everything, and eat everything that makes Berlin, Berlin! From wandering the colorful graffitied streets, to seeing your history textbooks come alive.
Berlin feels like one of those city thriving in constant change. Here is a perfect itinerary for 2 days in this unique city!
A weekend in Kiev during the Easter Holiday was egg-ceptional. I highly recommend adding Kiev, Ukraine to your bucket list–find out why!
Teaching English as a second language in a new country is a great way to explore a new culture, travel while earning money, and gain a new experience.