White (and a little blue): Winter in Norway

A quick, impromptu photo essay of Winter Norway today, as I just noticed this week's #frifotos theme is WHITE. This is how early January usually looks up here (though looking out my window in the city centre of Oslo right now, not so much. The snow has come and gone... [...]

8 Instagrams from Arctic Sweden

A visit in Arctic Sweden will likely begin in Luleå, one the biggest cities in the region. Luleå isn't uninteresting in itself, with more than 100 cafes and restaurants, a pretty cityscape and some unusual street art. A final greeting from Sweden this time: cool [...]

Hammerfest: the northernmost city in the world

“Reindeers have the right-of-way,” they grunted, these two, as they crossed the road in front of me, forcing me to hit the brakes hard enough for the seat belt to really fasten. They then proceeded to attack someone’s front yard. No need to trim bushes [...]

Lighthouse living

Tree houses, ice hotels, 747s, caves and grottos, houses made of cow dung, caravans, sheep sheds, the beach,... I do like quirky sleeps, though it has been a while, meaning I've shoddy or no photos, so I haven't covered many here on Sophie's World. That's [...]

Arctic Sortland: Norway’s Blue Town

At 68° north, a fair distance above the Arctic Circle, is Sortland, Norway's Blue Town. Sortland is the capital of the Vesterålen Archipelago; less famous, perhaps, than its neighbour to the south, the Lofoten Islands, yet just as stunning. But why is Sortland blue?

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