Day 9: Travel day back to the US of A #scandinavia

Sadly, I couldn’t sleep because I am really looking forward to coming home. Looking at my alarm clock, I realize I need to be getting ready in 30 minutes to catch the flypassarna bus from central station to Arlanda airport. That’s a 40 minute adventure. Hopefully all goes well and smooth from here. I don’t think I can take anymore ups and downs (this entire trip has been a roller coaster: changed/delayed flights, missed opera, more delayed flights, running to make a connection, lost baggage, etc). So, looking forward to starting the journey home!

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Overall thoughts:
– Travel to Oslo and Stockholm during the Christmas season can be difficult bc a lot of the museums, shops, and restaurants will be closed. They take their Christmas and New Years very seriously and are often celebrating the holidays with family.  I felt that businesses were open a bit more in Copenhagen, Denmark — so maybe do the Christmas holidays here (it’s a fantastic city!).
– Now knowing this, I would travel to Oslo and Stockholm in the summer…not the winter.
– I would keep Oslo at a 2 day stay (max). Decrease Kirkenes to a full day stay or day and a half.  Seeing the northern lights is apparently hit or miss.  Increase Stockholm stay to at least 3 days (this city was incredible!).
– if you’re a foodie, you will love Stockholm!!

Day 5: Kirkenes, Norway

Kirkenes, Norway = Enjoying a bit of the Arctic Circle

Woke up this morning and was glad to have survived the ice hotel experience.  Went to the shower and enjoyed a nice Norwegian sauna with a followup snow angel challenge (almost like being part of the polar bear club!).  It was invigorating!!  Headed out on the property to do some snowshoeing and sledding.  Came back around 11:30a and caught the bus into the city and checked into the next hotel.

 

 KI14 Dog-sledge trip in Norwegian-Russian borderland incl. dinner (5,5 hours)

Duration: 17:00 – 22:30

This is what I hope to see:

Here’s what I actually did:

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These dogs were amazing! Loved every bit of it!! Highly recommended!