winter wonderland

Winter in Scandinavia is no joke. There were moments when we simply wanted to stay in bed under the blankets to avoid the bone-chilling cold, and after finally gathering the courage to venture outside, immediately regretted our decision to enter the freezing hell. This isn’t to say that we did not have a fantastic time in Northern Europe, but let this serve as a warning: Scandinavian winter is not for the faint of heart.

Two weeks, seven countries, one Freetown, multiple delayed flights, a few boat cruises, one ass busted on a patch of ice, and hundreds of reindeer. Our journey through Northern Europe was a breathtaking whirlwind of experiences and I look forward to returning one day (though maybe in the summer next time).

Copenhagen, Denkmark

Must See: Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid, The Freestate Christiania (which is an area in Copenhagen that is essentially self-governed. Definitely a site to see).

Malmö, Sweden

 

Oslo, Norway

Must See: Munch Museum (though beware, “The Scream” is not in the Munch Museum, but in the National Museum), Frogner Park

Tromso, Norway 

I think Tromso was my favorite destination on our entire trip. This isolated city in the far north of Norway is the perfect place for outdoor winter activities. We got to feed hundred of reindeer, saw the Northern Lights dance in the sky, and took a boat cruise in the fjords where we saw dolphins. It truly was an amazing experience.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki was literally like the coldest place I have ever been, but what I was able to see when I wasn’t covering my face to block the wind, was beautiful.

Tallinn, Estonia

The architecture in Tallinn is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I highly recommend the boat journey between Helsinki and Tallinn. It only takes about two hours and the cruise boats are full of stuff to do.

Riga, Latvia

Definitely a city worth visiting. I wish we could have spent more time here and I will definitely be back.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is never a bad idea.

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