Svalbard Northern Lights: 5 Things People Get Wrong About Seeing the Aurora in Svalbard

Svalbard Northern Lights: 5 Things People Get Wrong About Seeing the Aurora in Svalbard

Svalbard is home to the world’s northernmost settlements, endless nights that stretch on for months, and enough polar bears that residents can’t leave the main town without a firearm. So perhaps you’d assume that the Svalbard archipelago, located far north of the Arctic Circle at 78°N, would have some of the best chances for Northern…

Two Perfect Svalbard Itinerary Ideas (One for Winter, One for Summer!)​

Two Perfect Svalbard Itinerary Ideas (One for Winter, One for Summer!)​

Usually, when I create an itinerary for a place, I take my cumulative experience there (often collected after multiple trips) and streamline it into one timeline with only the best options. However, that approach creates a problem when creating an itinerary for Svalbard.  Why? Well, the ideal sequence of events for a February Svalbard trip…

Svalbard Packing List: What to Wear in Svalbard in Winter and Summer

Svalbard Packing List: What to Wear in Svalbard in Winter and Summer

The furthest north you can fly on a commercial flight, Svalbard is so far above the Arctic Circle that it’s equidistant to the North Pole and the northernmost point of Northern Norway! Since it’s known for its polar bears, the Svalbard archipelago conjures up icy images, but in reality, Svalbard is warmer than other places…

Visiting a Svalbard Ice Cave: The Tour I Took & 4 Unique Others! [2024]

Visiting a Svalbard Ice Cave: The Tour I Took & 4 Unique Others! [2024]

Of all my memories of the frozen world of my February visit to Longyearbyen, snowmobiling out to a remote ice cave in Svalbard was definitely the highlight of my trip. … even though it was an activity I almost didn’t do because I was suffering from the most intense anxiety I’d experienced in the last…

Dog Sledding in Alta: My Experience and Tips For a Perfect Husky Tour!

Dog Sledding in Alta: My Experience and Tips For a Perfect Husky Tour!

One of the main reasons why people visit Northern Norway is to enjoy through its snow-coated, glittering white landscapes. And there’s no more special way to celebrate the beauty of a crisp Norwegian winter day than by mushing your own dog team through the landscapes of Alta, a beautiful small city north of the Arctic…

4 Most Beautiful Luberon Villages to Visit in 2024

The hilltop villages of Provence are legendary: cobbled streets, colorfully-painted doors and window shutters, plants growing in a tangle of vines all throughout the village. But the Provence region is massive: when you talk about Provence, you’re talking about the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France, which could mean anything from Marseille to Cannes to Aix-en-Provence…

17 Best Things to Do in Verbier, Switzerland in All Seasons [2024]

Picture yourself walking through beautiful green footpaths in summer, or peering up at snowy mountaintops in the winter: welcome to Verbier, Switzerland! Verbier is a quaint village in Southwestern Switzerland in the Valais region. It is located among the stunning Alps of Val de Bagnes, which border France and Italy. Verbier is world famous for…

Dog Sledding in Rovaniemi: The Right Husky Ride Tours for Families, Solo Travelers, & More

Dog Sledding in Rovaniemi: The Right Husky Ride Tours for Families, Solo Travelers, & More

One of the most iconic activities you can enjoy while visiting Finnish Lapland is taking a husky ride through the snow above the Arctic Circle! It’s a classic winter in Finland itinerary staple and a must-do while visiting Rovaniemi in winter. There are lots of options for dog sledding in Rovaniemi, some better than others….

11 Best One Week East Coast Road Trip Itineraries (Curated by Experts)

11 Best One Week East Coast Road Trip Itineraries (Curated by Experts)

Embarking on a road trip along the U.S. East Coast? Get ready for adventure packed with lovely landscapes, tons of history, and some of the country’s best food. From the historical sites and nature of Virginia to the rugged coastal lobster shacks of Maine and the tropical vibes of the Florida Keys, this stretch of the…