How to Hike Segla

How to Hike Segla, One of Senja’s Most Popular Hikes

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The hike up to the summit of Segla is one of Senja’s most popular hikes. And this was our main reason for visiting Senja. Many visitors skip past Senja, heading directly to the Lofoten Islands. But those people are missing out seeing a gorgeous part of Norway and some hidden gems. That’s fine…that means less crowded hiking trails for people …

Svalbard Summer Packing List

Svalbard Packing List: What to Pack for the Summer Months

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One of the biggest questions we had while planning our trip to Svalbard was “what do we pack?” Svalbard is located so far north that it’s easy to assume that it will be ice-cold all year round. Good news! That’s not the case, at least not during the summer months. Even so, we packed an assortment of lightweight, warm clothes …

Lucerne in One Day

How to Visit Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus in One Perfect Day

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Lucerne (also spelled Luzern) is a gorgeous Swiss city that sits at the foot of the Alps. This is the perfect kind of town to explore in one day. The city center is compact with just a few key places to visit. The best things to do are to wander the old town, eat, drink, shop, and enjoy the views …

Pyramiden

Cruising to Pyramiden, a Russian Ghost Town in Svalbard

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Cruising to Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town near Longyearbyen, is one of the most popular excursions in Svalbard. On the way, you also get to see a massive glacier, go whale watching, and if you’re really lucky, you could even spot a polar bear. According to National Geographic, Pyramiden is one of the top ten best ghost towns to …

Vintgar Gorge Travel Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia

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Without a doubt, Vintgar Gorge is one of the most magical places to visit in Slovenia. For 1.6 km, boardwalks crisscross their way along the Radovna River, creating an enchanting landscape that is photogenic and fun to explore. Vintgar Gorge is one of Slovenia’s most popular attractions. Vintgar Gorge was one of our top experiences in Slovenia. It’s gorgeous, it’s …

Norway Photos

Discover Northern Norway in 25 Amazing Photos

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Without a doubt, northern Norway is one of the most spectacular places we have been. With rugged coastlines, small harbors filled with picture-perfect red fishing cabins, winding roads through the mountains, and beaches that look like they belong in the Caribbean, northern Norway is a delight to explore. We spent just over one week road tripping through northern Norway. Our …

Best Things to do in Gdansk

10 Best Things to do in Gdansk, Poland

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Gdansk is a beautiful city located on the Baltic Sea. It is often overlooked by many travelers to Poland, in favor of the more popular spots like Warsaw, Krakow, and Wroclaw. However, this city is well worth the journey north. In fact, it’s our favorite Polish city. On the fastest of itineraries, Gdansk can be zipped through in one day. …

Svolvaer Floya

Hiking Svolvaer Fløya in the Lofoten Islands

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There are two ways to get a spectacular view over the town of Svolvaer…hike to the top of Svolvaer Fløya or climb Svolvaergeita. We did both on the same afternoon, making this one of our most memorable days in the Lofoten Islands. Svolvaer is one of the largest towns in the Lofoten Islands. Fløya is the mountain that forms the …

Ornfloya Norway

Ørnfløya, A Short but Sweet Hike in Sommarøy, Norway

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The view from Ørnfløya over Sommarøy is gorgeous! The hike up Ørnfløya is short and easy, perfect if you like the idea of getting an amazing view with minimal effort. This hike can be done as a day trip from Tromsø or if you are road tripping through Norway. Details About the Hike Distance: 1.5 miles round trip Difficulty: Easy …

Chata pri Zelenom Plese

Hiking to Vel’ká Svišt’ovka and Zelene Pleso in the High Tatras of Slovakia

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For stunning mountain views and a visit to several vividly green alpine lakes, the hike to the summit of Vel’ká Svišt’ovka is a good one to add to your Tatras hiking list. A cable car whops off the first major ascent, so this hike is easier than many of the hikes in the Tatras. Even so, this hike is not …

Auschwitz Birkenau Poland

Auschwitz-Birkenau: How to Have the Best Experience

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Auschwitz-Birkenau, also simply called Auschwitz concentration camp, is the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps. Located in southern Poland near Krakow, this museum attracts over 2 million visitors per year. A visit here is somber, emotional, and thought provoking, and it is a must-do on a visit to Poland. There are numerous options for getting to and touring …

Svolveargeita Rock Climb

Complete Guide to Climbing Svolvaergeita in the Lofoten Islands

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Svolvaergeita, also called “The Goat,” is a pinnacle of rock that is a popular rock climbing spot in the Lofoten Islands. It is named The Goat because of the two horns of rock that sit atop the rock. Those with a sense of adventure can climb to the top of Svolvaergeita and those who are just a little bit crazy …

Hiorthfjellet Hike

Kayaking Adventfjord and Hiking Hiorthfjellet: A One Day Adventure in Svalbard

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Svalbard offers a wide range of adventure activites. Ride on a rib boat and search for walrus, kayak in front of an active glacier, or cruise out to an abandoned mining town. For a really cool one day adventure, how about kayaking across Adventfjord and then hiking to the summit of Hiorthfjellet, one of the tallest mountains in the area? …

Kayaking Svalbard

Glacier Kayaking in Svalbard, Norway

Julie Norway, Svalbard 4 Comments

Does the idea of kayaking in icy waters to get up close to a glacier sound like fun to you? If so, put the Icebreaker excursion with Better Moments on your list of things to do in Svalbard. We had a lot of awesome experiences in Svalbard, and this just may be the best one. When we read that we …

Haarlem Day Trip from Amsterdam

Haarlem, The Perfect Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Haarlem is a small city that neighbors Amsterdam. With cobblestoned lanes, Gothic cathedrals, and a bustling main square, Haarlem is a joy to visit. We spent an afternoon in Haarlem and loved it. There is a different vibe here than in Amsterdam. Haarlem is like a laid back, relaxed version of Amsterdam, without the tour groups. If you are looking …

Detroit Travel Guide

Detroit Travel Guide: Plan Your Perfect Trip to Detroit

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In early June, I spent several days exploring Detroit. Tim had to travel here for work so I tagged along, just to see what Detroit was all about. I wasn’t expecting much and then I spent two days wandering around Detroit in the pure bliss that occurs when a place totally blows away all of your preconceived notions. Maybe it …

London Amsterdam Paris Itinerary

10 Day London Amsterdam Paris Itinerary

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A trip to London, Amsterdam, and Paris…sounds nice, right? With 10 days you have just enough time to visit these three cities, although it will be a bit of a whirlwind tour. There is a lot to see and do here, and our London Amsterdam Paris itinerary will help you manage your time so you can have the best experience …

Best things to do in Paris

Paris Bucket List: 45 Must-Have Experiences in Paris

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If you are planning a trip to Paris, how do you decide what to do? There are the places that people dream about visiting on their first visit to Paris, like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, but there are also neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try. This Paris bucket list contains 45 of the best experiences you …

Venice at Night

Where to Stay in Venice: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods for Your Budget

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Choosing where to stay in Venice can be exciting yet challenging. Venice is made up of neighborhoods, also called sestieri (singular sestiere), and each neighborhood has its advantages and disadvantages for travelers. Some sestieri contain Venice’s most popular sites, but with that comes huge numbers of tourists and expensive prices. And in some sestieri, you will have a quieter experience, …