FEELS WEIRD TO STAY IN SOMEONE ELSE’S APARTMENT | TROMSØ, NORWAY


Airbnb's are funny in their way. You basically stay in someone else's apartment or house. You are a guest for the real people, not in a hotel. The feeling when you pull up to a strangers yard is absolutely surreal. I wanted to elaborate these feelings more in this post, as this Airbnb is where we stayed for our vacation in Tromso. You know, just walking to a random door opened by the people you don't know and you're staying with them for a while. So freaking weird but at the same time, it's refreshing. Meeting new people is refreshing.

The roads in Tromso are funny. They go uphill and downhill, sometimes very steeply.
When pulling up to this lovely family's yard way it made me wonder, "shit these people need proper Winter tires to get home in the middle of the Winter with a bunch of snow and ice everywhere." I also thought that if we still had out Mini Cooper, we wouldn't even have a chance to get up there or even drive in Tromso at all.

I'm a bit shy when it comes to talking to new people. That's why I may have come across a bit silent when I'm in a situation that is a bit new to myself. Although, I didn't spend the whole week being quiet even though it felt I didn't have the chance to speak anything at all while my husband did all the talking. He tends to talk a lot. I'm the listener one in our relationship.

The family we stayed over was so so nice. They were a couple with two children which one of them was close to D's age. It was a bit heart-melting when D and their youngest daughter played with rocks together in their front yard. Tiny people melt my heart, for sure.


The apartment we stayed in, was located on the ground floor and what I understood, it was built for the Airbnb purposes. Even though I'm not into detached houses (in a way that I would live in myself), the fact that there's so much room you can rent it for someone made me want to start my own Airbnb business. Though there's not much space in our current apartment for anyone extra, so I might wait for a few years and if I lose my shit, we can buy one of those detached houses with a stereotypic white fence and a big yard.

The bed in our Airbnb was absolutely heavenly. Have you ever experienced a bed where you can fall, close your eyes and fall asleep immediately? It usually takes me multiple hours to fall asleep, but during our stay, I fell asleep within the minutes each time I went laying on that bed.
I think that's a sign of an amazing Airbnb. Or it was the view, the view outside the window the mountains peeking in each time you opened the curtains in the morning. I think I've fallen in love with Tromso.



The kitchen was small, but enough for us. What I love the most in Airbnb's and hotels, in general, is the ability to cook your own dinner. Norway is a tad expensive country (1,75l Milk cost around 3€ in a local convenience store when in Finland 1l of milk cost 0,89€) so making our own dinner was definitely a better option than eating out every single day.

The Airbnb was located so wonderfully. We even took a walk on our last day to the centre of Tromso and regretted it at the very second we had to climb up again. Though, it does good for your butt, doesn't it?

Either way, we had such a lovely stay in "Hotel Hanevold" and I really do hope we'll meet again. I also hope we'll get to travel up North soon again. I don't think I saw enough reindeer on our way.

If you're looking for a place to stay in Tromso, I highly recommend this one for your stay. You'll find the full details from the Airbnb website here.

What's the dreamiest Airbnb you've been into? Have you ever visited in Tromso, Norway?






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36 comments

  1. This airbnb looks super cute! When I first heard of airbnb I definitely thought it was a bit weird but now it's much more mainstream and I'm so used to it- I love it!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  2. What a lovely looking place. I have never heard of an airbnb before. Great pics. #teacupclub http://Mummythomas.blog

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    1. It was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend, if you're ever around :-)

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  3. I've never stayed in an AirBnB before but this one looks so nice! I'd love to visit Norway one day, it's at the top of my travel list. Any travel tips for visiting Norway?

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    1. AH, I highly recommend! Well, I've got some posts planned up of our trip so stay tuned for those ;) but the main thing is that it's very expensive there

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  4. I've always wanted to try Air B&B but have heard really mixed reviews, it sounds like you had the best time though, and I'd love to visit Norway one day!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Ah I definitely agree that one needs to see through the reviews before booking, for sure!

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  5. I’ve never stayed in an AirBnB before but I think I definitely should judging from your blog post. It looks gorgeous and such a cool thing to do. Sounds like a wonderful trip in Norway, thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. It was so lovely, I highly recommend! :-)

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  6. This looks like such a fabulous comfy apartment! I haven’t ever stayed in an AirB&B I’m not sure I would like staying in someone else’s home but I know it’s a fantastically cheap way to holiday so perhaps may try it in the future when we no longer have all of the kids with us. Great post thanks for sharing

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. We actually went there with a 1-year-old, I highly recommend to travel with kids :-)

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  7. That Airbnb looks amazing - more like a hotel wow! I really like staying at airbnb's because it feels more like living with the locals, rather than just another hotel :) My boyfriend and I are going to Japan at the end of the year and I'm planning to stay in a combination of hotels and airbnbs just to mix things up a little ^^

    xxx Nele | www.thenavigatio.com

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    1. It was absolutely amazing! Oh wow, that sounds very exciting :-) I hope you have a great time out there :-)

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  8. I've never stayed at an AirBnB before but after reading your post I'm very tempted to investigate if there are any in Cornwall for summer. How great that you could take your little one too, that's a real bonus. Fab post and thank you so much for sharing such lovely pics x

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Ah summer in Cornwall sounds lovely! You should definitely check out if there’s a lovely Airbnb for you :-)

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  9. This looks like a really lovely place to stay!

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  10. Personally, I don't like staying in someone's else house and that for, I don't book Airbnb. This place looks so good though, and you were lucky enough to have nice hostess.

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    1. Yeah it’s such a weird feeling isn’t it? Though, because of D I’d rather stay in someone else’s apartment instead of a five-star hotel so he can see how everyone lives :-)

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  11. I've never tried an Airbnb nor have I travelled to Norway but it sounds magical. It's lovely that you stayed in a nice family's apartment and were reassured just how friendly they were :) must have been so sweet to see the little ones playing together too! x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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    1. Ah it was, the life is made of little things and moments like those :-)

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  12. wow I would love to have such an experience! I am myself very awkward with making conversations and breaking the ice. I am the listener too. But I make great one on one conversations (atleast thats what people tell me) However still I would love to meet new people with the help of airbnb. The house looks so awesome and yes being able to cook your own meal is a plus.

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    1. Yes and especially in a country that is pretty expensive already, so eating out every evening isn’t really an option haha :D

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  13. They have done a great job to make that flat look welcoming and cosy! It's true, Air Bnb is typically someone's home, and it's worth remembering that when choosing Air Bnb for your holiday stays, to treat it as you would someone's home :-) xx

    http://missportmanteu.com

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  14. I love the fact that Airbnb's allow you to live like a regular person/local. I love being able to cook my own food, park my car nearby, and lounge on a sofa at the end of the day. Hotels just feel like a bed and a shower...not super inviting in my opinion. Much prefer having a little mini version of home when I'm traveling. :)

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    1. Yeah that’s something I really like in Airbnb’s as well, and te fact that the only thing D sees isn’t a five-star hotels haha :-D

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  15. I totally relate to the weird feeling staying in someone else's house! I feel like that sometimes just staying at a friend's house! I need that bed you're talking about, I don't think I've ever fallen asleep in minutes unless I've been ill. x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. That bed was the absolute dream! Don’t know what was in it, perhaps it’s a business secret haha! xx

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  16. I love Airbnb's. This one looks sooo nice. I have enjoyed the few I have stayed in and the bed does make a difference. It is odd when you go to someone's house but most ppl I have met have been so helpful and kind.

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    1. That’s a weird feeling but it quickly disappears after meeting the hosts :-)

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  17. I love AirBnb. The place you were staying at looks amazing. My favourite AirBnb memory is from Kuala Lumpur where we had an apt with infinity pool and great view on the city.

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  18. What a cute little apartment you had! I would love to explore Tromso it sounds like a lovely place. :)

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    1. Ah I highly recommend you to visit! I'm sure you'd love it :-)

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