Hokkaido: An Arctic Asian Experience

Is this really Asia!? In case you were wondering, Asia is not all white beaches, tropical drinks and bikinis. I myself didn’t realize this until just recently, when I landed in the airport in Sapporo, the capital of the northernmost island of Japan – Hokkaido. The island’s name sounds tropical, but it’s far from it. Hokkaido is a beautiful, cold, snow-covered island so close to…

15 Favourite New Destinations of 2015

2015 has been a great travel year for me. I was in the middle of my two gap years, when 2015 started, so I’ve had plenty of time to explore the World. Basically, my year has been work, travel, work, travel, work, travel. Just the way I like it. I’ve been on weekendtrips to Latvia and Germany, family holidays in Spain, Andorra and England and…

Deep in the Swedish Wilderness: A Sami Adventure

On April 27th, I had decided to leave Lofoten and my friends at the hostel behind and head to my next big adventure, which was something that I had been wanting to do for ages. I was going to Båtsuoj Samecenter in Norrbottens Län in Sweden, but it would take me two days to get there. Generally, the public transport doesn’t run very well in…

Through Fjords on Hurtigruten: From Tromsø to Lofoten

On April 21st, it was time to leave Svalbard and the Arctic and head to Tromsø, where I would have one evening to explore the city, before sailing to Lofoten Islands. My flight was at 2 PM, so I slept in and got ready and then headed for the small airport, which is 2 km. away from Longyearbyen. Originally, Piotrek had said that he would…

The Midnight Sun on Svalbard

Since I arrived on Svalbard on April 15th, I’ve had 24 hours of daylight, which has been amazing to experience and hasn’t even given me any problems with my sleep (then again, nothing does.. I can sleep whenever and wherever). Going to bed at midnight with the sun still shining bright and the sky as blue as 12 hours earlier is a strange sensation that…

Climbing Sarkofagen Mountain on Svalbard

For my last full day on Svalbard, I had booked a 5-hour glacier landscape hike with Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions. But I actually wasn’t supposed to go, as I was the only one who had booked the tour and therefore it should have been cancelled, but since I had already had two other tours cancelled, they decided to go with just one participant, which was really…

Ice Caving on Svalbard

If I could choose one thing on Svalbard that I want to see, it would be the abandoned Russian settlement of Pyramiden. I love abandoned towns and this one has always been of great interest to me. Well.. I had actually booked a snowmobile trip to Pyramiden on Satuday 18th for 3250 NOK, which is a lot more than I would usually find reasonable to…

Dog Sledding in Bolterdalen

Flying into Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago just 1.310 km from the North Pole, I couldn’t believe the sight that met my eyes. I looked out of the window and everywhere I looked were enormous snow-covered mountains surrounded by cold, ice-blue water. No houses to be seen, no roads, no signs of civilization. Just pure wilderness. A place so remote that for as long as your…