Hello, my name is Radka, and I moved to Norway in 2012 to do an exchange semester at the University of Trondheim. That decision has turned my life upside down. You see, I fell in love with Norway. First with nature, and lately with my Norwegian boyfriend, and it has been ten years since I call Norway my home.
When I created this webpage, I had no plans to write about Norway. I thought it wasn’t exotic enough, and I falsely assumed that the tourists traveling to Norway are only interested in hiking Preikestolen and Trolltunga or visiting the Lofoten islands. At that time, we lived in Trondheim, and I hadn’t even been to Trolltunga since it was quite a long drive from there. So I thought that my mother was the only person interested in my weekend trips to the mountains around Trondheim.
It turned out later that my mom didn’t read this blog. Instead, my articles (primarily written in Czech) found their way to people interested in traveling to Norway. As the community grew (for example, in my FB group Norway – Tips for Travelers), people asked me for my recommendations about hikes and exciting places. So I started offering tailor-made itineraries for trips to Norway and Iceland.
But the idea came to my mind that one day I would like to create a guidebook about traveling to Norway, where I would summarize my tips on well-known and lesser-known tourist attractions. So when we had to end our trip to South America prematurely in 2020 because of the pandemic and return to Norway, where we had neither housing nor work, I decided that it was time to implement the idea.
We spent spring, summer, and autumn 2020 traveling in southern and western Norway, and even though we have been touring Norway many times, we still came across new and exciting places that formed the basis of the map of western Norway. I made the map primarily for my boyfriend and me to map the possibilities of trips around my boyfriend’s cottage, where we settled after returning to Norway from the quarantine in Argentina. But the family and friends to whom we showed the map were very excited to have it too, so we decided that it would be a shame to keep it to ourselves.
In the summer of 2021, Ivar and I were allowed to run accommodation in the west of Lofoten, which seemed like a dream come true. Every morning, when we woke up overlooking the harbor and the impressive Volandstinden mountain, we were falling more and more in love with the Lofoten countryside. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much free time, but we still tried to use every free minute to explore the surroundings, and our six-month stay in Lofoten laid the foundation for this map.
Our sincere wish is that this map will be a big part of your travel planning for your next Lofoten trip and that you will have use for it every day while exploring the Lofoten islands by car, foot, or bike! We wish you the best of luck and fun and safe adventures on your journey, and maybe we will see you up there!