Surf and Turf, Kirkenes, Norway, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Winter in Norway, Christmas in Norway, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, traveling with kids, creating family memories, family travel, misadventures flying standby
During our entire eight day trip to Norway, we only ate at three restaurants for a total of three meals. Everything was either closed, insanely overpriced, or unappealing. That means we lived off of snacks and were starving the majority of the time. We devoured our meals on the Hurtigruten, and Pepe’s Pizza at the airport filled a very...
AMS, Schipol, Airport, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Baggage, Storage Lockers, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, misadventures flying standby
The Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS) is one of the largest international airports in the world, covering 6,887 acres and carrying 68 million passengers to destinations all over the Earth! AMS has a great layout and doesn’t feel as humongous as say, Barcelona, where you have to take 10,000 escalators and a train to get to one departure gate. There...
Scandic Hotel, Kirkenes, Breakfast Buffet Scandic, Hair on Fire, Snow, Winter in Norway, Norway, diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, misadventures flying standby,
Nothing happened according to plan this trip to Norway. And I mean that in the most literal sense. When we arrived at the Scandic Hotel, chosen because of how often we’d seen it pop up in search results in Google and we just wanted a sure thing, it was early in the morning after our Hurtigruten cruise. We couldn’t...
destination: norway, tromso, kirkenes, oslo, restaurants, things to do, christmas in norway, husky dog sledding, dog sledding, Tromsø, Villmarkssenter, Authentic Scandinavia, Hurtigruten, puppies, snow, ice, polar night, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, family travel, traveling with kids, creating family adventures, flying standby
After chasing down the Northern Lights unsuccessfully in Iceland four years ago, this unfulfilled dream of ours has never left the forefront of our thoughts. When we read that Tromsø was the one place on Earth where the Northern Lights appeared more than anywhere else in the world, Norway soared to the top of our adventure list. We immediately...
husky dog sledding, dog sledding, Tromsø, Villmarkssenter, Authentic Scandinavia, Hurtigruten, puppies, snow, ice, polar night, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, family travel, traveling with kids, creating family adventures, flying standby
Of all the truly incredible adventures we participated in during our family Christmas trip to Norway, from our spiritual excursion to witness the Northern Lights in Kirkenes, to the authentically cultural journey through the North Cape on the Hurtigruten, to celebrating a Norwegian Christmas in Oslo, our most magical experience was our husky dog sledding ride through the snow...
During our trip to Norway we spent a huge majority of our time eating items from the local 7-11 or Norwegian equivalent Narvesen, because much of the country was closed due to the Christmas holidays. During our time in Kirkenes alone, nothing was open except the hotel restaurant and it was entirely unappetizing due to the exorbitant price tags....
Currency in Norway, Norwegian Money, Krona, Bankers, Economy, Diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel
Holy crap is Norway expensive. It’s probably the most expensive place we’ve ever been to and not because of the activities we participated in but because everything is so ridiculously overpriced. And when I say ridiculously, I mean this trip legitimately broke us. The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone. It’s another one of those crown currencies. The...
Northern Lights, Viewing the Northern Lights in Norway, Seeing the Northern Lights as a Family, Norway, Kirkenes, Russian Border, Family Adventure, Diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, misadventures of a standby traveling family, family travel, traveling with kids
When we settled on chasing the Northern Lights in Norway for our Christmas celebrations we took a lot of time to prepare. Even frantically so. We read about using our camera, seeking them out, where to go, how to go, when to go, including seeing them at Christmas, how to dress, how the weather affected chances of seeing them,...
Airport Food, Pepe's Pizza, Oslo, OSL, Norway, traveling with kids, family travel, misadventures, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories
All things considered, during our eight day trip in Norway we actually spent a majority of our time at the Oslo Airport, OSL. Three of those eight days were spent at the Oslo Gardermoen Airport in fact. We had zero success getting on a flight to Tromsø for Christmas, and we had zero success getting on a flight out of...
Olso, Norway, Radisson Blu, Olso Airport Hotel, creating family memories, misadventures traveling standby, family travel, traveling with kids, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, breakfast, hotel breakfast airport hotel
Flights didn’t look good departing from Oslo to Amsterdam on December 30 but if nothing else we are risk takers. What do a couple too few seats even mean to a standby traveler? Anything can happen. After all, we made it on a flight from Kirkenes to Oslo that morning when the odds were against us, and not just...

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