Hi, I’m Satu and I’m an outdoorsy mom of two who loves to travel. That said, at times I have hard time leaving Norway, my home for the last few years.

Wonder why? Have a look at this winter view almost at our doorstep in the Rondane National Park:

Skiing in Rondane I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Or these friends I made on a little hike in Tafjord in the west coast of Norway:

Hiking in Tafjord in western Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

I started this blog in my native Finnish five years a go when I got enough of the wet and rainy winters of southern Finland, quit my job, packed my belongings in my kayak and went off traveling with my British-imported husband Simon in search of warmer waters.

Satu and Simon I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Sometimes we got it oh so wrong…

Constant changes in the scenery didn’t quite suite me as I love to travel slow and stay for an extended period in any given place.

Fast forward to 2010 and here comes Norway.

For over ten years, for my husband even more, we had been returning here year after year so it was about the time we made Norway our home. It seems fitting that our love story that started in a tiny village of Sjoa years ago (if you are bored you kill some time trying to find it on a map), has taken us to live not too far from there today.

Kids I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Our lives turned upside down in November 2011 when the one in pink joined our family. And then, she got a brother in August 2013.

Want to know what life really is like when you have kids? Well. You are in the right place. We try to do the same stuff we did before we had our kids and sometimes we succeed, sometimes we put on a brave face and try to convince ourselves that we succeeded, and other times we just have to admit that we failed miserably.

Hiking with kids in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Hiking with a one-week old and a toddler. Guess how far we got? Hint – see that road & car park on the background…


After maternity leave number two (they each have lasted about one year at a time), it is almost time to go back to work for me. We’ve been busy figuring out for to have it all.

And just maybe we’ve come up with the perfect solution…

I have no idea where this journey will take us but Norway has proved to be pretty amazing place to have a permanent base for frequent traveling adventures!


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Skunkape August 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I just wanted to say I LOVE the design of your blog! Beautiful. Fun reading also. I would love to backpack the Norwegian mountains. Beautiful country with a great outdoor heritage.


Satu August 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

THANKS!!! The design is still work in progress but getting there. :)

And backpacking in Norway – I highly recommend it!!!


Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Hei there! First of all congratulations by your blog, very cool! Secondly, I would like to contact you on a big event I and a very international group are arranging in Oslo, maybe it could be of interesting of your readers. Can I send you further information by e-mail? If so, please provide me the direction. Have a nice and shinny week!


Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

This is the webpage of the event. Hope I can send you some further informations! Have a nice time
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Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Ok, thank you!!!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Hello! I am actually aware of the event, but if you want to send more info, you can do so at satu AT Thanks!
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Pamela September 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM


Your website is fantastic! I came across the site while looking for information on travel to Lillehammer over Christmas with children. It looks like a great place to visit – do you have any recommended websites for info and booking?

Many thanks,
Pamela from London


Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Hi Pamela!

Sorry I’m only getting back to you now and thank you so much!!!

Good places to start are: (I’d start here=

If you have any questions I would be happy to help, just drop me a line at satu AT
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Veera Bianca November 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM

I am absolutely loving going through your blog right now! Perfect!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth November 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Thank you so much! And so am I by the way…. :)
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Chandra Carty December 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Satu I love your new blog. The design is awesome. The stories are so entertaining. Every photo invites me to visit the places you share. Can’t get their quite yet so the virtual takes me their.


Satu Vänskä-Westgarth December 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Thank you so much Chandra for the loveliest comment, ever!! :) You definitely made my day!
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Tiffiney Lozano May 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM


You’re such an inspiration and your baby loves me : )

It’s been so great getting to know you this week and I hope to we get share an adventure together with our families sometimes soon!



Satu Vänskä-Westgarth May 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Aaah, thanks Tiffiney!!!! And I’m so happy my baby loves you, you can have him anytime 😉

We definitely need to do an adventure together, you are welcome to Norway anytime! I wouldn’t mind a trip over the pond either…… 😉
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Mathilde May 8, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Hei Satu! Etter er veldig fin tur til Marokko ilag har jeg følgt bloggen din fast. Jeg synes du skriver så utrolig bra og legger ut stemningsfulle bilder. Derfor har jeg nominert deg til Liebster Award, for at flere skal finne bloggen din. Her er link til hva du skal gjøre: :)


Satu Vänskä-Westgarth May 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Aaaaah… Mathilde, tusen tusen takk!!! I’m super stoked! We’re in Italy now and I don’t have much online time, but I will definitely follow this up! Thanks again <3
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Jeremy Radcliffe November 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Came across your blog via Alastair Humphreys – great design by the way!
My 3 children are in their late-teens now but I wish I had the get-up-and-go that you clearly have with young children!


Satu Vänskä-Westgarth November 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Thanks Jeremy!!! And it’s never too late…! :) It’s not always that easy though with the little ones, but we’re trying to make the most of it. I really appreciate you dropped by!
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Belma September 18, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Great blog! We also used manduca baby carrier 😉
We are trying to do something similar with our kids (one born in june 2012 and another born in july 2014)… We also have a great nature all around us but not as good system as in Norway…
Are you hiking alone (just your family) or you’re sometimes going outdoor with your friends and their kids? Are you hiking abroad?
Have you picasa albums? We do…
Btw, we spent 3 weeks on holidays in Norway (aug-sep 2008) and it’s definitely the country where we would like to live!
regards from Bosnia…


Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Hi Belma! I can’t believe I only noticed your comment now, so sorry!! I’ve been doing lot of hiking both with and without the kids, and mainly in Norway. Unfortunately I don’t have a Picasa album, I tend to share my adventures in Instagram ( and here on the blog. But I will definitely check your pics!! :)

Thanks for your lovely comment and hope all is good in Bosnia! :)
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Ciaran O Connor December 22, 2015 at 6:31 PM

Hello there,

I thought you might be interested in this graphic we created here at The Open University for Newgrange, Ireland. This month, we chose Newgrange as our featured story, as we would like to bring this historically significant place to the global audience. It happens to be one of Ireland’s most storied tourist attractions too.

If you think that this is something that could be of interest to you, then please feel free to use the graphic as you please, a tweet or embed in an article. It’s your choice.

Thanks for your time & Merry Christmas,



Satu Vänskä-Westgarth January 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Thanks for sharing!
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