Yup! We’re up in the Artic.

I am writing this post looking right outside my window at a snow-clad mountain in one of the most beautiful places (and certainly the highest place) we’ve ever visit – Tromso in Norway! Sounds like a bold claim but I’m gonna put the photos down below and you can see exactly what I mean.

I’ve got so much to tell you but there also so much exploring waiting to be done so I’m just gonna make this brief (I literally popped in to show you some photos though if you’re on instagram – we’re @HandLuggageOnly) you can see a lot more of what we’ve been up here – especially on Instagram stories.

The sheer kindness of the people here has been absolutely amazing (*see the Instagram post embedded below to see what I mean…). Thankfully, I wore my coat that I grabbed from Mainline Menswear on the flight!

Already, we’ve even gotten to see the Northern Lights, hot-tub it across the fjords, catch wild Norwegian cod and even go for a dip in the freezing Arctic Ocean, in the relatively short time we’ve been here for so far! It’s been such an amazing experience so far and I’ll definitely tell you a lot more in the coming days and weeks but for now – here are some photos from our time in Norway so far!

As though the beauty of Norway wasn’t enough to make you fall in love with this place, today we found even more reasons to fall in love with Norway. ๐Ÿ˜Here’s why – we arrived here with no luggage (all our suitcases never made it here) – the airline left them in Oslo… or took them to a different destination. No one really knows yet. As it’s Easter there’s pretty much zero flights in today and no shops opened. The locals heard about our plight (while we tried speaking on the phone to the airline) and did a whip around and got clothes for all of us! Everything from shirts, right through to cosy duck down jacket right out of their very own wardrobes! Then someone drove us to a shop and got the owner to open it specially for us so we could get toiletries, socks and underwear. Then we got invited for dinner (all 4 of us) in Tromso by a totally different set of people visiting Sommarรธy. And then, when we stopped on the road to take photos of wild reindeer ๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸฆŒ, a guy driving by, saw me waiting to cross the road and stopped to ask if I needed any help. So much kindness here today! The people here are absolutely incredible… yet another reason to fall in love with this beautiful part of the world!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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  • wonderful photos! it looks so amazing and beautiful!

    Abigail Alice ๐Ÿ’•

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much, Abigail – we’re going to struggle to leave!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Vava Shagwell

    WOW! Amazing story! I went to Tromso back in 1976 during the summer time and thought the ‘midnight sun’ was unreal. We were camping out since we were poor college kids, but I remember the natives being especially nice, too. Fun to read your post and I’m glad the land of my forefathers has been so great to you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Wow, that sounds incredible. We can only imagine how amazing the experience of camping must have been… especially in the midnight sun!

      Norway really is a special country! We’re going to struggle to leave.

      Lloyd & Yaya ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Vava Shagwell

        I would have preferred indoor lodging (since it was cold even in July), but finances were very tight so we just went with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Ah, yes… student finances in Tromso may have been a struggle ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beautiful photography ๐Ÿ“ท

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much! The Arctic Circle is so incredibly beautiful in Norway ๐Ÿ˜

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Mao

    Gorgeous photos Lloyd & Yaya! Can’t wait to hear more!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! It really is incredible. We didn’t want to leave.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • hndlkkn

    Makes me miss home even more </3 Thank you for the awsome photos!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Norway is so beautiful isn’t it.

      Lloyd & Yaya ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ๐Ÿ˜ I miss this place, it looks so stunning in the sunshine! When I went I had the heaviest rain and snow the whole 7 days. I obviously need to go again and see it under blue skies, so beautiful.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a gorgeous region, Leanne. Ahhh, heavy rain sucks doesn’t it! Hopefully you still had an amazing time. We were so lucky with the weather.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Anya

    Beautiful! The hot tub looks like so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It was incredible, Anya – they had to drag us out of it! Haha!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • STOP– that hot tub? Is it on a boat? This looks incredible.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yup! It’s crazy right! We didn’t want to get off the boat… it was insane!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Definitely need to plan a trip back to Norway STAT. What a view to have! That “nighttime view” is something else! Serious heart-eyed emoji!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Literally had the best time… We’d wanted to visit for soooooooooo long! โ„๏ธ

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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