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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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Hello,

    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

  4. 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.

  5. Satu!

    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!


  6. Hi!
    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!

  7. 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… https://picasaweb.google.com/MichalBelma
    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…