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...
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Long Beach Airport, in California, is the smallest airport I’ve ever seen but it looks positively palatial compared to Kirkenes, Norway. KKN Airport, located just 9 miles outside the city, can be seen in its entirety from the front gates. ► Ranking: #cleandiaper Kirkenes Airport, Høybuktmoen (KKN) Kirkenes, Norway Phone: +47 67 03 53 00 Curfew: Monday - Friday 23:00-04:30, Saturday 15:00-06:30, Sunday 23:00-08:00 The...
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We knew it would be an adventure to travel for Christmas, especially through two different climates and with a suitcase full of Christmas presents, but we didn’t quite anticipate everything that could go wrong, would go wrong. On our first leg of the trip from Salt Lake City, Utah to Galveston, Texas one of our bags of luggage was...
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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,...
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...
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Our family trip to Norway was one of those standby adventures gone wrong, but one we probably should have known better to anticipate. I was stressed for weeks leading up to this vacation. We had three flights to take after disembarking the Disney Wonder cruise ship, and making our way to our Christmas destination in Norway. That meant three...
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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...
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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...
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We traveled to Norway with one purpose in mind, and that was to see the Northern Lights. When we first started planning, the first result that popped up in Google was for the Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruise. The advertisements for the Hurtigruten were compelling, enticing, and romantic. We were desperate to see the lights, and we were sold. We’d...
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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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