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...
Christmas in Norway, Winter in Norway, Norway, Oslo, Scandinavia, Europe, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, misadventures traveling standby, Christmas, Scandinavian Christmas
Our Christmas in Norway was not as uneventful as we had hoped for and certainly did not plan, and not in the good way where Santa surprises you with something you didn’t realize you wanted but absolutely have to have now that you’ve got it. It was wrought with missed flights, a stinky airbnb, and a birthday celebration that...
Christmas in Norway, Winter in Norway, Norway, Oslo, Scandinavia, Europe, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, misadventures traveling standby, Christmas, Scandinavian Christmas
Across town, in the opposite direction of the graffiti and promiscuous pictures was where we found our home for Christmas. This darling airbnb, with red cupboards in the kitchen and four single beds laying side by side each other in the bedroom, was perfect for our celebrations. Though we longed to be in Tromsø, we were finally in a...
Kirkenes, Norway, Christmas in Norway, Winter in Norway, Russia, Northern Lights, traveling with kids, family travel, creating family memories,
We found ourselves in Kirkenes after debarking from our two night cruise on the Hurtigruten. Kirkenes is a tiny little town of only 3,000 inhabitants on just over 500 acres, and was upgraded from a village just 20 years ago! The peninsula is sandwiched between the Bøkfjorden fjord, and the Varangerfjord fjord that borders Russia, and the city is...

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