Interesting & Fun Things to do in Bodø, Norway

Before arriving in Bodø I didn’t really know what to expect, it’s not commonly written about like Oslo, Bergen or Tromsø. That’s probably because less people visit. But now that I’ve visited several times along with my friends over at Scandinavia Only, I want to share some of the best things you can do in this far north, coastal city. Before going, all I really knew about Bodø is that it’s the last and most northerly stopping point of all trains in Norway after crossing the Arctic Circle. …

7 Free Things to Do in Copenhagen

Nyhaven, Copenhagen/iStock Yes, Copenhagen is expensive. But you can absolutely see it on the cheap. For the budget-conscious, here are seven things not to miss. 1. Christiania Copenhagen’s infamous anarchist commune is like stepping inside a social experiment. Christiania citizens live in an entirely self-governing, community-owned society, with its own restaurants, bars, shops, and residences. People-watch on the marijuana-peddling Pusher Street, but do keep in mind it’s not legal to buy pot and photography isn’t allowed either. Enter at the corner of…

Hverir Geothermal Area in North Iceland

If you want to feel the heat of Iceland, go to Hverir, a large geothermal field of bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles and sticky red soil. Once here, you’ll soon realise why Iceland is named the Land of Fire and Ice. It’s also the closest you’ll ever get to Mars on Earth. This isn’t the first time I’ve said this about Iceland, I’ve seen a very similar geothermal area in South called Seltun but Hverir is significantly larger which makes it even more impressive. (I don’t always subscribe …

Yes, You Can Have an Affordable Weekend in Oslo

Oslo From a Ferry/Shelley Seale Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in Scandinavia, but it’s also one of the most expensive to visit. Spending a weekend in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Oslo can be thrilling, but it can bust your travel budget. Here are some savvy ways to trim down your expenses while getting the most out of your time in Oslo. What to Do This destination has beautiful green spaces right in the city. Start by taking a walk along the green trails that run alongside the Aker River …

What to Wear in Iceland and the Arctic Regions

Unless you’re some kind of masochist, there’s absolutely nothing enjoyable about heading beyond the Arctic Circle without dressing for the occasion. The Norwegians have a saying, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’, and I couldn’t agree more. As a general rule of thumb, what you wear in the Arctic regions often dictates the level of adventure you’re able to get away with. You might look great in a pair of high heels, …

Ales Stenar – The Stonehenge of Sweden

How and why did 59 stones weighing up to 1,800 kg each, arrive in South Sweden atop a hill overlooking the Baltic Sea? It’s human nature to want to find out the answer to things, but this isn’t always possible. Sometimes we have to accept the fact that we’ll never have all the answers to life’s mysteries, and one of these is Ales Stenar, dubbed the Stonehenge of Sweden. It could be …

Saltstraumen Maelstrom – the World’s Strongest Whirlpool in Bodø!

Before going to Bodø in Northern Norway I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s not well visited by tourists and I wondered if that was correlative with the amount of things to do there… I’m pleased to say it’s not. There are quite a few things to do in Bodø that range from the arty to the adventurous, but its limelight is stolen by its more attractive neighbours, in particular, the beautiful Lofoten Islands. Bodø is the northern terminus for the train network in Norway…