The Coastal Path – a complete guide!

Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

This is without a doubt one of my outdoor favorite places! Located between Stavern and Helgeroa i southeast of Norway, you’ll find the Coastal Path – a 35 km signposted coastal path where you walk along rocky shores, sandy beaches, shallow bays and wooded areas. Along the way you’ll find breathtaking views, several camping sites, lot’s of boats and many cabins.. The Coastal Path is a fantastic experience if you enjoy walking, as you can see and hear the seabirds, breathe in the fresh, clean air, and simply live in the moment.. Itโ€™s definitely a must-do if you ever visit Stavern!

To make the most out of this experience, planning is essential. In addition to walking the Coastal Path, you also have the possibility to soak in some history and see some historic sites and monuments along the way.. Here is a map over the Coastal Path and if you plan to walk the entire path, I would set aside a full day.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guide to Walking the Coastal Path

What to bring; comfortable shoes + clothes, a backpack, food, drinks, snacks, toilet paper, swimwear, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and your wallet. Make sure to put on comfortable shoes and clothes, I recommend workout clothes and sneakers with a solid sole. Depending on the weather, you might want to bring a fleece jacket + a wind jacket, as it’s definitely better to bring more than less. A good backpack and something to eat and drink is essential. I would recommend freezing a bottle of water + bringing a bottle of water, that way you’ll always have cold water at hand. Snacks such as trail-mix, chocolate and fruit is also a good idea. If walking in the middle of the summer, make sure to bring a towel and swimwear. There are many great places where you can take a dip in the ocean, which feels great after walking for a while. You’ll also pass several camping sites along the way, all whom have a convenience store.. If you find yourself suddenly craving some ice cream, your wallet comes in handy!

Meeting point – Stavern City Center; your day starts in Stavern City Center. If you depend on coffee in the morning, I recommend stopping by Det Gule Galleriet Cafe. If you’re like me and prefer cold coffees, I highly recommend their iced latte with caramel. It’s soo good! If you need to stop by a grocery store, there are a couple to choose from where you’ll get pretty much anything you need.

Places to visit along the way

Frediksvern Fortresss; you start you trip with a historic walk through Fredriksvern fortress. Fredriksvern is Norway’s first main navy base and the original name was Fredriksvern Verft, named after King Fredvik V. who reigned at the time. Fredriksvern has played an important role is the development of Stavern as well as in the Norwegian maritime history, and the place has been a harbor since ancient times. Today, you’ll find several art galleries and small exhibits as you pass through, and it’s also a walking path leading one of Stavern’s greatest beaches Corntin.

Hall of Remembrance (Minnehallen); is a national memorial site right next to Cornin beach. The memorial was commissioned by the Norwegian Parliament after WWI to commemorate the fallen Norwegian sailors of both World War I and II. The monument was designed by two architects from Oslo and is formed as a pyramid of locally quarried rocks. Inside you’ll find the sculpture “Abyss” and in the crypt, 7562 sailor’s names are carved on copper plates. At the alter in the main hall, you’ll find a commemorative poem to the fallen sailors by the Norwegian poet Herman Wildenvey.

Nevlunghavn; is located in a harbor located four kilometers south of Helgeroa. A former pilot station, Nevlunghavn is now a charming fishing village who has managed to preserve it’s original character – it’s characterized by many small white houses, it’s narrow streets, it’s many fishing boats and fishers who bring their catch ashore, and the views of the Skagerrak sea. In the harbor, you’ll also find several oceanside restaurants serving freshly caught, bars and cafes. I recommend grabbing lunch at Nevlunghavn Cafe & Conditori. From Nevlunghavn there are approximately 2.5 kilometres to Mรธlen, which is definitely worth a visit!

Mรธlen; is Norway’s largest beach of rolling stones and it’s a part of “Vestfoldraet”; the terrain left behind after the end of the most recent ice age 10 000 years ago. It’s a national treasure and one of the most popular attractions, both among locals and tourists. The cultural landscape is one of the most majestic landscapes in Norway; the areas had 16 large cairns, many up to 35 meters in diameter, with almost 200 small cairns in rows parallel to the shoreline. The cairns probably served as “sea markers” along the shipping lanes between different trading centers. This, combined with striking natural beauty and the position on the edge of the sea, makes it a must-see in the area. If interested in rocks or birds, this is the place for you; more than 100 different types of rocks and a total of 316 bird species has been found at Mรธlen. In the summer of 2008, Mรธlen was also made an official part of the UNESCO European Geopark.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

My Workout Playlist

Lifestyle, Wellness

Happy Saturday and happy weekend guys! ๐Ÿ’™
How’s your weekend treating you so far? Regardless of what you do, I hope you have a good one! I kicked off Saturday morning with a good workout and it felt great! Now that I have established a new and steady workout routine, I also discovered the need to update my workout playlist.. I decided to keep some of the old good ones, but also added a few new ones. If you need to pump up your workout playlist, here’s whats currently on repeat on mine;

๐ŸŽถ “You need to calm down” – Taylor Swift

๐ŸŽถ “Play” – Alan Walker

๐ŸŽถ “Fontena pรฅ Yongstorget” – Sondre Justad

๐ŸŽถ “Hotel Walls” – Smith & Thell

๐ŸŽถ “Salt” – Ava Max

๐ŸŽถ “Blinding Lights” – The Weekend

๐ŸŽถ “Changes” – Mike Perry feat Dimitri Vangelis & Whyman

๐ŸŽถ “Haloesโ€ – Ina Wroldsen

๐ŸŽถ “Sucker Punchโ€ – Sigrid

๐ŸŽถ “Something New” – Axwell – Sebastian Ingrosso

A good mix between the old and the new, but I’m still looking for more tunes to add to my list. Any recommendations? Feel free to drop them in the comment section below! ๐ŸŽถ Happy workout!

New Instagram Account for the blog

Lifestyle

Even though it took some time (hello procrastination!), my blog finally made it’s way over to Instagram! I can’t wait to expand my professional network and connect with like minded people, all whom aim to inspire via writing or producing creative content online. It’s such a huge and fun industry. You can find my Instagram account here and I would be really happy & thankful if you would hit the “follow” button! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have a Instagram account set up for your personal blog/business?

My personal goals for 2020!

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel, Wellness

Christmas and new years is over, we already hit January 6th, which means it’s time to focus on this years goals! I’ve always been a big fan of creating a Bucketlist and setting goals for myself. While many people hate it, to me, it symbolizes a fresh start with an opportunity to make a change. I do believe the reason people often oppose it, it because they often feel a sense of disappointment if they fail the goals they set for themselves. The key is therefore not to drop everything called goals and resolutions, but maybe shift your perspective and set more attainable goals for yourself.. Because there’s nothing better when you reach one of your goals and can check it off your list! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my personal goals & resolutions for 2020;

Self-Improvement
I’m a person that likes to grow and constantly seek ways to improve and become a better version of myself and what I do. I think that’s important for all human beings, because who doesn’t want to be the best version of themselves? ๐Ÿ™‚
I want to focus more on self-improvement in 2020. I want to challenge myself more and look into getting a group exercise certification. I’ll also continue to volunteer for the non-profit organization I joined last year. With busy lives (which I know first hand!) it can be hard to find time to volunteer, but it all comes down to priorities and passion. The benefits of volunteering can be enormous, both for yourself and other individuals. To offer vital help to people in need, the community or worthwhile causes dear to your heart can truly make a great change. I experienced this first hand when I was so lucky to meet individuals in need; the feeling when they hugged me, eternally grateful after receiving food on the table and presents to open, can not be described. I can’t emphasize it enough; if you can find the time to volunteer for a cause dear to your heart, do it!

Continue to work towards a more stable financial situation
Achieving financial independence is something most of us work towards every single day. From experience, it doesn’t take much effort to make small changes that will make a great impact, but it definitely takes patience, dedication and some sacrifice.
A couple of changes we’ve made so far that’s made a big impact on our financial situation is; starting to shop for christmas presents early (I got such good bargains, but great gifts!), pay attention to different offers at the grocery store and stock up on items you use a lot, and maybe the most important thing of all; sell all the things you don’t use. I went through our stuff in our apartment, basement and attic, sorted everything we don’t use and sold it. All the money I make off of selling things I no longer use goes directly into our holiday savings account. We’re currently saving for an upcoming family trip to Thailand, so this addition of money comes in handy! My financial goals for 2020 is to pay of my credit card, save a total of 50 000,- on my BSU account (savings for buying a home), and add extra money into my retirement account. Once we’ve hit a more stable financial situation, I want to start saving for a trip to travel the world!

Continue the great investment in my overall health
There is nothing that makes me feel better than a great workout! It also feels good to look back at 2019, were I was able to keep a somewhat stable workout schedule throughout the year and I was able to challenge myself, which is something I’ll continue to do in 2020. I’ll continue going to yoga and focus more on mindfulness and meditation, mainly because I’ve become more aware of being present and it’s really important to me. I will forever cherish spin class as one of my favorite workouts, but I’ll also continue to focus on mobility & stretching, body pump and strength training. After undergoing a huge renovation, my gym does not only look amazing but also offers a new group exercise schedule with lot’s of new classes I would like to try out. I will also focus on spending a lot more time outside in fresh air!

Travel and see more of Norway
Since 2020 will be the year we’ll be working hard towards achieving a more stable financial situation, we have decided not to take any huge trips abroad. Instead, we’ll be seeing more of Norway and everything our beautiful country has to offer. It’s always been a goal of mine to see more of Norway, but let’s be honest – we always travel abroad (which I think is the case for most people). Last year I checked of a point on my Bucketlist and climbed Gaustatoppen, which was a great experience. This year I hope to climb Prekestolen and visit Stavanger, visit my sister in Arendal, visit Oslo to meet up with good friends, visit Kristiansand, spend days at seas in my in-law’s boat and hike outside in nature (we bought hammocks last year and I can’t wait to try them out!). Also, residing in Stavern (which is voted Norway’s best summer town several years in a row!) many great things are awaiting us this summer; hopefully many lazy days at the beach, walks along the coastal path, market days, celebration of my birthday, stand-up-paddle boarding, visiting the Citadel Island and Svenner Lighthouse, bike rides outside in fresh air, try out new restaurants, and spend quality time with family and friends. I don’t think we’ll have a problem keeping ourselves busy!

Do you have any goals sett for 2020? ๐Ÿ™‚

New year, new decade and clean slate – let’s go 2020!

Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

Happy New Year everyone! It’s not only January 2nd, but it’s the beginning of a new month, a new year, and not to mention a new decade – let’s make it a good one!

I celebrated new years eve with a great group of friends and had a great time. We hosted new years this year and I had fun setting the table, making a delicious turkey dinner, the most delicious chocolate mouse for dessert, and of course enjoyed some bubbles.. New faces were introduced and great conversations were a part of our celebration, which we always enjoy. How was your celebration of the new year? Regardless of how you celebrated, I hope you had a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

I just bought a new cute day planner, where I’ll be writing down all my appointments and goals & resolutions for 2020. This year I have decided to include my goals for 2020 instead of solely writing a Bucketlist, even though I will have a complete Bucketlist as well! My clear focus this year is to word hard to achieve financial independence and save money for upcoming travel plans, which I’m really exited about! I’ll be sharing my goals & resolutions for 2020 in my next blog post, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Checking of my Bucketlist โ˜‘๏ธ

Lifestyle

Hi everyone, and merry christmas! โ™ฅ๏ธ This christmas flew by in a blink of an eye and even though it’s not over just yet, I have to say I’m really exited for new years eve and a new year – a new year means a clean slate, which I’m so ready for! I’m really exited for 2020; everything I hope to experience, achieve on a personal and professional level, and not to mention all the traveling I hope to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

But now to the purpose of this post; I’m checking off another point on my Bucketlist – “Help someone in need”. I have to say it feels rather bittersweet to check off this point, because it makes it more real – this is unfortunately the everyday life for so many people. This year I decided to volunteer for a local non-profit organization that helps individuals in need and to my surprise, there was a lot more people than I expected, especially around the holidays. As a volunteer, I gathered christmas presents, stockings filled with candy, and asked for food donations or gift cards to purchase food for those in need. It was heartwarming to see how generous people were in the months leading up to December and I feel proud to know so many goodhearted people. We were two people responsible for my hometown and my neighbor town, where 8 families including 12 children needed help with everything from christmas decorations, food on the table, stockings, and christmas presents. We were able to help them with everything and every child got an average of 6-7 presents.. It felt great and so rewarding to be a part of this, especially when you experience how little it takes to make someone so happy and thankful.. It definitely put things in perspective and I’ll definitely continue to be a part of this the future! โ™ฅ

Have you ever done any form of volunteer work or helped someone in need? If not, it’s something I highly recommend. If you can’t find the time to volunteer per se, there are many other things you can do to help; donate small items such as clothes or things you don’t use or maybe donate a gift card at a grocery store.. It’s the little things that truly helps! โ™ฅ

Interesting links from around the web #7

Lifestyle

Great ideas for zero waste cooking – how to use up produce scraps

How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world

Non-alcoholic summer drink recipes to enjoy on a warm summer day (or any day!)

London’s best street food markets and food stalls

These Melon Caprese Skewers are the perfect refreshing side dish for grilling this summer

Airplane etiquette rules for a happier flight

5 proven therapy techniques to improve relationships

Aubrey’s guide on “Summer spots worth a ferry ride to, in New England” makes me want to visit New England asap!

Use this Giant Grid of Salad Dressings chart to spice up your salads

Homemade Apple Cake

Food

A deliciously easy apple cake made from scratch โ€“ this soft and tender apple cake is packed with big chunks of apples and features a crunchy topping sprinkled with almonds โ€“ itโ€™s apple-licious! ๐Ÿ

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I love cake any day, and few things beat a delicious homemade apple cake with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.. I had a handful of apples on my kitchen counter that was borderline going bad, so to minimize food waste (and make cake of course, who am I kidding?), I decided to throw together an apple cake! In case youโ€™re in the mood to try it, hereโ€™s what you need;

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Ingredients

4 large apples โ€“ 2 teaspoons cinnamon โ€“ 200 g butter โ€“ 200 g sugar โ€“ 4 largs eggs โ€“ 2 teaspoons baking powder โ€“ 170 g white flour โ€“ a handful of chopped almonds

Directions

Preheat oven to 160 C/320F. Use a baking sheet at the bottom of the spring pan to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan (I use this one in 9 inches/22 cm).

Peel, core and chop apples into large chucks. Put them in a zip-lock bag with a little cinnamon and sugar, shake so all apple chunks are covered.

Mix butter and sugar together, I recommend using a kitchen machine for this.ย  Make sure to leave your butter in room temperature before using it, as it makes it easier to work with. Add the eggs at the end.

Stir together flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Chop of handful of almonds into little pieces to use for topping.

Pour batter into the prepared pan. Stick the apples into the batter and sprinkle with chopped almonds on top. Bake for 50 minutes in the middle of the oven, remember to cool of before serving.

Tip; the cake gets better on the second day, when the apple juices seep further into the cake. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Checking of my Bucketlist โ˜‘๏ธ

My Bucketlist, Travel

For the longest time, one of my goals has been to discover more of Norway and I love being outside, so what’s better than going on a hiking trip?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week I checked of another point of my Bucketlist; I hiked Gaustatoppen!
Gaustatoppen rises majestically above Rjukan in Telemark, Norway and with it’s 1833 meters above sea level, it provides one of the best panoramic views in Norway! On a clear day (which we we’re blessed with!), you can see as much as 1/6 of Norway. The trip is approximately 4,5 km one way and takes about 3 hours included breaks. One the top you’ll find Gaustadtoppen Tourist Cabin – the lodge under the sky where trekkers and mountaineers meet. They serve warm and cold drinks, a small selection of food, and the most delicious waffles I have ever tasted!

Here are some pictures if you’d like to see;

I have wanted to see more of Norway for the longest time, so I just decided to get started! Have you been to Gaustatoppen before? If not, it’s a trip I highly recommend! ๐Ÿ™‚