Where to Stay in Alta: 9 Unique Hotels, Igloos, & Aurora Cabins!

Where to Stay in Alta: 9 Unique Hotels, Igloos, & Aurora Cabins!

While Tromsø often steals the show when it comes to Norway’s Arctic winter offerings, Alta is slowly emerging as a great alternative destination away from the crowds. You can do all the same things in Alta in winter as you can in Tromsø, while saving some serious money on hotels, which are a lot more…

17 Amazing Things to Do in Alta in Winter [For the 2024-2025 Season!]

17 Amazing Things to Do in Alta in Winter [For the 2024-2025 Season!]

Snow-covered mountains and plateaus that glitter in the sun by day and cast a beautiful backdrop for the aurora at night: these are my memories of visiting Alta, Norway this past winter. I had an amazing time visiting Alta in early February, 2024 and found that it far exceeded my expectations — so I felt…

Northern Lights in Alta: How to See It Independently or on a Tour

Northern Lights in Alta: How to See It Independently or on a Tour

Alta is known as the city of the Northern Lights — but does it deserve this self-appointed title? This post is dedicated to helping you decide just that. As one of the most northern cities in the world, Alta definitely has some solid rationale behind its claim to fame when it comes to the Northern Lights…

Best Time to Visit Svalbard: Monthly Weather, Daylight & Activity Breakdown

Best Time to Visit Svalbard: Monthly Weather, Daylight & Activity Breakdown

While Svalbard is a beautiful place to visit, it’s also an extremely expensive one… which means it becomes even more imperative to pick the right time to visit Svalbard for the experiences you’re hoping for. Here’s the rub: for many, Svalbard is a “once-in-a-lifetime” type of place. Between expensive flights and the necessity of taking…

Svalbard in Winter: What You Need to Know + 17 Fun Things to Do!

Svalbard in Winter: What You Need to Know + 17 Fun Things to Do!

Endless nights livened up by candles and string lights underneath a galaxy of stars and streaking auroras. Pastel blue light washing over snow-capped mountains with not a tree in sight. Brilliant sun shining day and night above snow-covered tundras, pristine nature marred only by a few snowmobile tracks showing the path to adventure. Believe it…

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…