My Travels in 2012 – And Plans for 2013

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I resisted as long as I could, honest.

Here is my Best of 2012 post, although I've tried to make it a little more interesting by focusing on the places I visited – both in Norway and elsewhere. Afterwards, I'm super excited to reveal the places I shall be visiting in 2013.

Lillehammer, Norway

Jan 2012 – Exploring the surprisingly small home of the 1994 Winter Olympics (read blog)

Lillehammer train station in the winter

Bergen, Norway

February 2012 – Taking the Oslo to Bergen railway for the second time, and exploring Norway's second city with my friends from England's second city (read blog)

Overlooking Bergen

Stavanger, Norway

May 2012 – A work trip, but still plenty of time to check out Stavanger for the first time. It may be Norway's oil capital, but Stavanger is full of cobbled streets, wooden houses and street art (read blog)

A cruise ship in Stavanger

Flåm and the Nærøyfjord, Norway

July 2012 – Breathtaking (read blogs – Flåm | Nærøyfjord)

Birds on the Nærøyfjord

Røros, Norway

July 2012 – Like a fairytale gingerbread town, but real (read blog)

Røros, Norway

Gothenburg, Sweden

August 2012 – A hop across the border for my first visit to Sweden (read blog)

Gothenburg street

Drøbak, Norway

August 2012 – An adorable seaside village (read blog)


Tenerife, Canary Islands

November – An escape to the sunshine – and crazy golf (read blog)

Tenerife crazy golf

Helsinki, Finland

A chilly pre-Christmas jolly in Helsinki, design capital of the universe (read blog)

iittala in green

Trondheim, Norway

I visited Trondheim – the biggest small town in Norway – several times in 2012 (read blogs – smart city | Rockheim)

Solsiden, Trondheim

Not to forget all the great places in and around Oslo I visited. But it's time to look forward…

My Travel Plans for 2013

There's still so much of Norway left for me to explore, but my passport is alive with energy too. It's time to step things up a bit in 2013. Here's where I'm planning to visit.


Without a doubt, the arctic archipelago of Svalbard is top of my list. It's pretty much as far north as you can go anywhere in the world – and if that's not reason enough then I don't know what is. Oh wait, yes I do! I could go on a snowmobile safari, ski over glaciers, explore ice caves, eat seal for the first time in my life and maybe, just maybe, see a polar bear.

Return to Tromsø

I fell in love with Tromsø, the capital of Arctic Norway, on the shortest weekend of the year last winter. This year, I want to return to the mountain overlooking the city and take in the midnight sun.

The Italian Job

A road trip from Rome to Milan this June. Salute!


Some friends of mine visit the Swedish capital in March, so I'll pop over to say hello.

Some other possibilities…

Exploring the Trøndelag region, a Norwegian ski resort, the Lofoten Islands, seeing sami life in Kautokeino, and last but not least, the west coast towns of Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansand. Here's to 2013!

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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5 thoughts on “My Travels in 2012 – And Plans for 2013”

  1. Great pictures! I was just curious; what do you do in your pastimes when you’re not sightseeing the country? What other activities have you done or want to do in Norway? Good luck on your future plans!

    • Great question! As you can see above, travel fills most of my time. Outside of that, I’m planning more 🙂 I also watch a lot of football and like exploring Oslo’s galleries, museums and other places of interest. And I am trying to learn Norwegian, of course!

  2. Lovely blog David! I really enjoy it. I’m from Norway and currently studying in England. And after living 6 months in your country it’s really interesting (and funny) to read about your experiences of living in mine 🙂
    I highly recommend a visit to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) the next time you are in the Stavanger area. It’s a spectacular view on clear sunny days and is still a remarkable one on grey and cloudy ones. It takes about 1 hour to get to the Pulpit Rock Lodge from Stavanger by ferry and car and about 1,5 hours by ferry and bus. From the lodge there is a trail leading up to the top and it is a 1 – 2 hour hike, depending on your preferred walking speed and need for short breaks. All worth it though 🙂 And if you find yourself hungry after the decline there is a restaurant in the Pulpit Rock Lodge, or you could try the local kebab which is brilliant ( I know, I grew up there ).

    You’ll find more info here:

    • Hi, thanks so much for your comment! Lots of my readers are Norwegians, all of whom seem fascinated by the views of an “outsider” 🙂

      Thanks for the tips on Preikestolen – it’s on my list, but as I’m sure you can guess that list is pretty long!


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