Well as I say in the article, available housing in Svalbard is scarce. There are barely any houses as is - most people live in apartments in blocks that are owned by their employer (the local mining company which is owned by the state of Norway). Unfortunately, you can't just move to Svalbard and buy a house - rent a flat, maybe, but buying a house will be next to impossible. The last private property in Svalbard was sold to the state for 300 million NOK and now pretty much all buildings are owned by the state...
Hei Jennie! I wish I could help you but unfortunately, I only stayed in Ruka-Kuusamo for 3 days and didn't go on any husky farms - sorry!
No problem! Hope you'll have a great time in Tromsø :)
Thank you so much, Raquel! I'm so glad you like it :)
I'm afraid I don't know of any cooking classes in the city, but there are plenty of tours that combine, for example, a Northern Lights chase or reindeer-sledding with a traditional Northern Norwegian meal of reindeer meat. Other than that, you could also book a tour to the whiskey distillery Aurora Spirit in the Lyngen Alps!
Hope that helps :)
They weren't back in the olden days, of course. However, the Norwegian state forced the Sami to assimilate and become "proper" Norwegian citizens up until the first half of the 20th century - a process during which many Sami children were forced to attend boarding schools. Christian missionaries did theirs in attempting to achieve that goal and today, most Sami get baptized at least. The church generally doesn't play a big role in most peoples' life in Northern Norway, though, but some communities are more religious than others.
You're more than welcome and I totally understand! It's better to not jump on the tourist bandwagon and do something you might end up regretting later. Plus, these tours are quite pricey as well, so there really is no need if you're not feeling it 100%. Hope you'll have a lovely trip to Tromsø :)
Hi :) As I'm sure you've read, we didn't actually want to visit the purple beach but rather get to Hovden. As the weather was how it was, however, we only explored the area around the parking lot instead. According to Google Maps, it's still part of Mjelle but if the area has a different name than that, feel free to let me know :)
I can't imagine what Svalbard must be like in December as I've only ever visited in summer but I hope you'll have a blast!!
Hallo Tobbi! Freut mich, dass ich dich zu ein paar Wanderungen inspirieren konnte :) Sag Bescheid, wenn du mal in der Gegend bist, dann gebe ich dir gerne noch mehr Tipps zur Region!
I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't quite enjoy Odense! Did you at least visit the HC Andersen museum? It was pouring down on our visit but I think we made the best out of it ;)