Norway: 10 Things You Need To Know About Oslo

When we booked our trip to Oslo, it was done on a whim. It was one of those ‘where’s cheap to go’ Skyscanner search bookings. You know the ones I mean, you put your dates in and click the ‘everywhere’ button. For £30 each return from the UK we surely couldn’t go wrong? As I had never been to Norway before, let alone Oslo, I was excited to see what it had to offer. Normally I am super organised and…

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Norway: 10 Free Things To See & Do In Oslo

Oslo is expensive. Really expensive. That is a fact. If you enjoy eating out and indulging in a tipple or two then be prepared. When we recently visited Oslo, we found that the average price of a pint was around £10 (gulp!). Therefore, as people who enjoy eating good food accompanied by a couple of drinks, we quickly blasted through what we thought we would spend during our 4-day city break. So, we’ve put together a list of 10 free…

Norway: Grünerløkka – The Hipster Hangout, Oslo

When on city breaks it is likely that the places at the top of your must-visit list are the main attractions that the city has to offer, including particular museums or landmarks. We are no different if we are on a city break; the likelihood is we only have a certain amount of time. Therefore, want to see the things the city is famous for. However, many cities have a different side to them, one which is just waiting to be…

Iceland: Do Go Chasing Waterfalls, 4 of The Best in The South of The Island

Iceland had been on our list of places to visit for as long as we could remember so when we finally got the opportunity to visit the Land of Fire and Ice, deciding where we wanted to visit on our road trip was a very tough decision. With dramatic scenery and unspoiled beauty, Iceland truly is one of the most stunning countries we have ever visited. We visited volcanos, glaciers, geysers and black sand beaches but our favourite naturally occurring…

Norway: Here’s How You Camp Like A True Scandinavian!

It may be down to the gorgeous scenery, dazzling array of camping and hiking food, or just the sheer thrill of being out in pure, fresh air but a lot of Scandinavians spend more time outside than they do indoors and it’s easy to see why. In Norway, trekking the country is so encouraged that it’s actually legal to set up camp anywhere, except town or farmland, in the summer for around 48 hours without asking permission. Companies even offer…

Iceland: Free Must Sees in Reykjavík

Reykjavik was the last destination of our whistle-stop stay in Iceland. We had three fantastic days exploring the south of the island and witnessing first-hand the sheer beauty of it, from majestic waterfalls, to explosive geysers and beautiful black sands. Therefore, when we arrived in Reykjavik I was slightly disappointed (sorry to all the Reykjavik lovers). I must point out that Iceland is one of my favourite countries in the world, and we are already planning our return trip. However, a…

Iceland: Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter in Iceland is cold, scrap that, it is freezing. Even in November when we visited once out of Reykjavik, which was relatively mild, the coldness was often unbearable and we had to take shelter in the car with the heater on full blast just to escape the conditions outside. Even when the sun was shining brightly, which it did a lot of the time, we still struggled to feel our fingers. So many people had told us that layers,…

Iceland: Relaxing At The Blue Lagoon

When we booked our trip to Iceland, at the top of my must visit places was the Blue Lagoon. Yes, I had heard it was a tourist trap but I didn’t care, I wanted to experience it for myself and I’m glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. From the second we arrived to the second we left we had a great time, yes it was busy, yes it was a tad on the expensive side for what…

Iceland: Road Trip Day 2 – Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss & Strokkur Geyser

After the excitement of day 1 of our Icelandic road trip, we were keen to get back out on the road and explore more of this fantastic island. After a great night at our log cabin, eating a home cooked meal, catching up on a couple of episodes of House of Cards and drinking vodka (not too much of course) in our very own geothermal hot tub (which was amazing!) we slept like babies praying not to wake so early…

Iceland: Road Trip Day 1 – Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss & Vik

Our lovely little log cabin was located in the Geysir area of southern Iceland. We found it to be a great place to base ourselves in order to explore the South of the island. We picked up our hire car as soon as we landed and headed to our log cabin. As we visited in November and didn’t land until 3pm, by the time we reached Geysir it was pitch black, well apart from the brief dance we received from…

Iceland: 5 Reasons Why You Must Hire A Car

Having recently returned from Iceland, we are already planning our return trip – we loved it that much. The scenery in Iceland is like something I have never seen before and considering how expensive most things are in Iceland, food and drink etc the scenery is 100% free. For the first time visitor or those who like others to make their plans for them, then the simplest option would be to base yourself in the capital, Reykjavik and take bus…

Iceland: Lagoon Car Rental

Before we visited Iceland recently, everyone we spoke to about it said a) what a beautiful country it was and b) you must hire a car. Now having been and seen and explored it for myself I can categorically state that everyone was 100% correct on both counts. I could not imagine being there and not having a car. Therefore, when we got the opportunity to work with Lagoon Car Rental during our trip, we jumped at the chance.

Iceland: Road Trip Playlist

Ok, a little light-hearted post today and I need your help. A week today we are heading to Iceland (the country, not the English frozen food store) where we will be picking up our hire car courtesy of Lagoon Car Rental for our road trip. We plan to explore the south of the island as much as we can in the five or so hours of sunlight we will have each day, as well as driving the Golden Circle and…

Iceland: Don't Visit Reykjavik With Your Partner Without Doing These 4 Things!

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, and millions of people flock there every year. It’s become a hugely popular place to visit as it’s great at all times of the year! It’s also appears to be a perfect place to visit with your partner as there are plenty of romantic activities for you both to enjoy. As we discussed before, we plan to hire a car so that we can conveniently go further afield. However, after a lot of research…

Sweden: Sailing to the Southern Archipelago From Gothenburg

Even though Gothenburg is a pretty amazing city with more attractions and things to do than we ever anticipated we still took the decision to escape the city centre and head out to the Southern Archipelago for the day. We hadn’t done much research regarding how to get there or what to expect. Luckily, we were staying at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia which is located directly opposite the central train station so we headed in that direction hoping someone at…

Sweden: Hanging Out in Haga, Gothenburg

When researching what to do and where to go in Gothenburg more than one source recommended spending some time in Haga, which is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. On our walking tour of Gothenburg we factored having lunch in Haga into our plan. If walking is not your thing you can jump on a tram and get off at the stops Hagakyrkan or Järntorget. Leaving the Feskekorka (the Fish Market) we headed over the canal and into Haga.…

Sweden: Walking Tour of Major Attractions in Gothenburg

When we visited Gothenburg, Sweden at the beginning of February we were very lucky that the snow that the city had seen in mid January had gone. Everyone we met commented on how bad it had been. It had brought cars, trains and trams to a stand still and had frozen the water linking the mainland to the Southern archipelago making it only just possible for the ferries to run. Apparently, it had been so thick that even walking in…

Sweden: Gothenburg Overview

It always annoys me, landing in the dark as you do not get chance to familiarise yourself with the city you are visiting in the daylight. However, sometimes there are no other options especially when there is only one flight a day to your chosen destination. This happened recently when we visited Gothenburg in Sweden. We landed at Gothenburg Landvetter airport at 5.00pm and it was pitch black. We were lucky enough to have a Blacklane transfer from the airport…

Denmark: Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

‘Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. Friendly old girl of a town’ and how very wonderful she is. I really didn’t know what to expect of Denmark’s capital but what I did find was very pleasant. Mr ESLT and I love to spend our birthdays exploring a city and creating memories so for Mr ESLT’s recent birthday we travelled to Copenhagen. The first thing I loved about this city was the fact that it only took 90 to get there from the UK,…

Denmark: Visit Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen

I love a brewery tour, maybe because I love beer. Yes it’s not lady like and yes it’s full of calories but how nice is a cold refreshing beer on a hot sunny day? So when conducting my research into things to do in Copenhagen I was over the moon to find that there’s the Carlsberg Brewery there and they offer tours. Having been on a number of brewery tours – Guinness in Dublin, Heineken in Amsterdam, Castlemaine XXXX in…

Denmark: Cruising the Canals of Copenhagen

There are numerous canal tours in Copenhagen and I could not recommend doing one highly enough.  Having walked the length and breadth of the city and hopping on and off the site-seeing buses to our hearts content it was great to see the city from another perspective, from the water. There are two places in Copenhagen that you can board one of the cruises, the colourful Nyhavn and where we started from, Gammel Strand. I had pre booked our tickets via…