Norway’s Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) passes through the most stunning scenery as it voyages from Bergen to Kirkenes, next door to Russia’s Kola Peninsula. The entire round trip takes 11 days and is a leisurely way to see the ruggedly beautiful skerries. My mission this morning, [...]
Hoping to catch a glimpse of that elusive lady of the Arctic, Aurora Borealis, Annette and I arrive in Alta on a snowy Thursday morning in February. The plan is to couch surf at Ann-Mari's house for a couple of nights. But she has a [...]
Ever wanted to see the Aurora Borealis, that technicolour freak show of nature, also known as the Northern Lights? Well, you might need to be patient. And, if unlike Bill Bryson, you don't have 16 days to wait for the fickle Aurora, you'll be glad [...]
After a night in an ice hotel, what could be more logical than spending a day on a snowmobile? Let's dig right in. We're going with the good folks at Gargia Lodge, just outside of Alta up in the northernmost part of Norway, well above [...]
We haven't talked about quirky sleeps for a while here. Time to remedy that. And what's quirkier than a hotel that exists only temporarily? Built when winter arrives and slowly melts away into nonexistence when spring makes its presence felt. Then the process is repeated [...]
“Reindeers have the right-of-way,” they grunt, these two, as they cross the road in front of me, forcing me to hit the brakes hard enough for the seat belt to really fasten. They then proceed to attack someone’s front garden. No need to trim bushes [...]
Walking along the paths, you'll see moose, reindeer, bears, wolves and fish, boats and hunters; in short, the kind of things our Stone Age forefathers were concerned with up here in the northern world.