Crossing the border between Finland and Norway Lapland

The most challenging part of my trip in Scandinavia was crossing the border between the Lappish cities. i.e. Levi or Rovaniemi (Finland) to Tromso (Norway).

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The initial plan was to travel from Finland to Sweden Lapland (i.e. Levi to Kiruna through Tornio), and we had already worked out the multiple bus + train route from Finland to Sweden and were devastated when we found out that Abisko sky station near Kiruna was already fully booked. So we had to change our destination from Sweden to Norway.

Difficulties
It is not possible to drive from 1 country to another because the car rental companies do not allow return of vehicle to another country.

There are also no flights to fly direct to Lapland cities that are in different countries. You can only do so from the capitals.
For example, If you wanted to get from Levi to Tromso, you’d need to fly from Levi to Helsinki, Helsinki to Oslo, Oslo to Tromso. This would take more than a day and a whole heap of money.

After months of research and searching for all options, we finally found a way to cross the border in a day.

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Oslo: What to eat in Oslo during Christmas

Oslo: What to eat in Oslo during Christmas

If you don’t already know, stockfish from Norway is world famous.

Stockfish is dried fish (unsalted) and is typically cod fish.

If you happen to be in Oslo during Christmas, you’re in luck! Because during Christmas, restaurants start serving a dish called Lutefisk. Lutefisk is one of the most interesting scandanivian dish you can experience. You either love it or you hate it.

Lutefisk or lutfisk is a traditional dish of some Nordic countries. It is traditionally part of the Swedish julbord (Christmas table). It is made from aged stockfish or dried/salted whitefish and lye. It is gelatinous in texture. Its name literally means “lye fish”.

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Levi: Northern Light safari with Snowmobile

Levi: Northern Light safari with Snowmobile

Levi is a fell and the largest ski resort in Finland with a total of 43 ski slopes. Aside from skiing / snowboarding though, Levi has much more to offer. Being located in the Artic, you also have the chance to witness the Northern lights!

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A long strip of the northern lights

I was lucky enough to see the northern lights while in Levi! It was during a snowmobile northern lights hunt with a tour company called Levi Tunturilomat. They are a tour company specialising in snowmobile tours like Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, ice fishing safari, etc.

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