A little bit about me

Welcome to Experience North Cape, and the Northern region of Norway. I’m inspired by the majestic landscape, intriguing culture and history, and a climate that keeps us on our toes. We have polar nights, northern lights and the midnight sun. We have winds that whip and howl, snow that blankets the land for 7 months, and sun that leaves us longing for its presence in the dark winter days.

I’m an American who’s been living in Norway for fifteen years.  I ended up meeting the man of my dreams while working here, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Our home is at “top of the world”,in Honningsvåg, North Cape, Norway.

I’m an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio.

(The above segment was written in 2011, below is the continuation in 2017, and hence a bit of a shift in the new direction of this blog.) 

We’re all on this journey called life. Along the way, there are adventures and experiences we get to choose, create, and share with others. My course lead me to a life at 71˚ North of the Equator and “Experience North Cape” evolved out of a desire to share this amazing arctic region with others around the world.

As in all of our journeys, we don’t always have control of what lies around the next bend.

The short and to-the-point version of the story is that this non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant, and we’ve been navigating our way through this unexpected journey ever since.

Radiation and chemotherapy treatment worked well on the 5 centimeter tumor in my right lung, and the spreading to my mediastinal lymph nodes. And my current biological therapy has kept 7 brain mets from growing larger the past 7 months. One day at a time, as the saying goes.

So, I’ve decided to take up blogging again. I don’t know which direction it will take. Unexpected journeys lead to uncharted territory, but I’m still along for the ride!

All the best,





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77 Responses to A little bit about me

  1. Nice to “meet” you! I would love to see more of your images of this beautiful region. Cheers! –Deb Scally (1107photography.wordpress.com)

  2. I am so glad we found each other’s blogs. Sounds like you live in a great area. Do polar bears ever come near you? or is that further north?

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thanks. Glad we found each other as well. There are no polar bears here, but they do live on the island north of us, Svalbard. My husband was there this year and took pictures of signs warning that polar bears are in the area, and the signs on the bank say “no firearms allowed”. People carry weapons with them to protect themselves from polar bears.

  3. Hey. I have a question for you. Sorry I couldn’t figure out where else to post this but .. can you see the northern lights from where you live?

  4. This is an amazing place…You’ve inspired me to visit the Northern Cape…

    Thank you…a real eye-opener.

  5. shil says:

    Nice to see such a beautiful place explored on your lens. Keep up the good work !

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you for your kind comment and for taking time to take a look. Photography is a hobby and I have a lot to learn, but this is a great place to use as a “classroom”.

  6. pictfamily says:

    A beautiful blog, I’m glad I found it 8o)

  7. George Weaver says:

    Erica, where is your “Erica From America”? I loved it. I like this one too, but I miss the other one where you talk about your gallery and get on to the pictures. Post the URL on my blog or send it to me. I want to give you an award. 🙂 Or just reply here and I’ll see it. I spent thirty minutes just awhile ago licking up all of that marvelous colored ice sculpture town! Marvelous!


    • ekhaugli says:

      Hi George! That URL is onceuponadreamgallery.wordpress.com You can find the link on this blog, right next to “About Me”. Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the icy photos 🙂 I really enjoyed your blog about Dolly. It touched my heart. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, You write beautifully. 🙂 Erica

  8. you look so cute in red coat and glasses cosy love your beautiful photos keep well

  9. Just found your blog through my brothers and love your photographs keep them coming

  10. Currie Rose says:

    I really enjoy your photos. They inspire a feeling of comfort and home when I look at them, which means to me that you are definitely capturing the feelings of your heart in your experiences. 🙂 I am so happy you met the man of your dreams and seem to be living a fulfilling life.

    Have a lovely day,

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you, Currie. You are absolutely right! I love where I live and I’m blessed to say my life is filled with a wonderful family and I’m following my dreams. I you’re interested you can check out the gallery I’m starting (onceuponadreamgallery.wordpress.com). When we moved up to the North Cape, it seems things have fallen into place. I’ve read about you on your blog and your life’s philosophy is inspiring and contagious. I’m looking forward to following your blog and being inspired and challenged to spread joy to those around us.

  11. kitcow says:

    Beautiful photography, I love your eye for color. Keep the pictures coming!

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you. There’s more to come today. And I’ll be following your hiking adventures. For two people like yourself, you ought to think about a trip to Norway. Lots of places to hike 🙂

  12. Hi Erica,
    I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please find details at
    All you need to do is:
    1. Link back to my blog
    2. Write seven things about yourself which you think may interest your readers
    3. Nominate and link to other blogs which you like
    I’m looking forward to your links already 🙂
    Avis x

  13. Currie Rose says:

    Hello there,

    I nominated you for the 7×7 award. If you choose to participate, you may visit my award show: http://currierose.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/my-own-person-award-show/

    I hope all is well in your world,

  14. Dina says:

    I love your blog and thank you for showing me parts of my country that I have never seen. Would you like to present your fav pics of the north as a guest on my blog?
    Greetings, Dina

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you for your compliment and yes, I would love to share some photos from this part of Norway. Not sure how that works to be a guest on a blog. Never done it before. Let me know what I need to do. 🙂 Erica

      • Dina says:

        You can present yourself and your pictures anyway you want. You make a choice of your pictures and send them to me, with your text, per mail to:
        I’ll make a post of it, link it to you – and get in touch with you if there would be any questions.
        Something like that 🙂

  15. Hi there,

    Thanks for stopping by The Legion of Door Whores and leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please drop by my photo blogs http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com, I do hope you enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, full of interesting information and lovely images of such a beautiful country, certainly worthy of a follow. Regards Mark

  16. Syeda Maham says:

    Every picture has so much character.Following your blog right away….:)

  17. Tomaz says:

    Hi Erica. I’ve been following your blog for a while, now and like your work very much! I’m from Brasil, and am planning a bike/hiking trip to Norway, next summer. I am a little overwhelmed with all the info on the internet. Could you give me some hints of your personal liking for a first time traveller?

    • ekhaugli says:

      I can definitely give you some tips. How long are you planning on traveling? Do you want to camp, stay in tourist cabins, or hotels? Will you be biking, hiking the entire time, or do you want to travel by plane, boat, etc. Based on those answers, I can give you some helpful websites. Erica

    • Hi Tomaz. I went on a cycling trip in Norway this summer, ending up at the North Cape. Apart from the highlight of the North Cape itself, the Lofoten Islands, Andøya and Senja were highlights. This map of the main cycling routes in Norway was useful: http://www.slf.no/Tur_ferie/34250
      I wrote a blog on my trip which might give you some ideas on what to expect.

      Enjoy the trip!


  18. Hi Erica. I really like your blog! Bursting with beautiful photos of your home – a beautiful place!! Keep it up!

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thanks Matthew. I’m glad you like the site. I just started following yours and am going to check out your recent summer trip to the North Cape. Looking forward to seeing what trip you take next.

      • Hi Erica. I am planning another bike trip to the north cape next year, this time starting from where I live in the Netherlands via the Baltic countries and Finland.
        Piece by piece I have been updating my planned route, getting helpful tips from different cyclist forums in different countries. Someone from the Norwegian cycling forum put me up to an interesting idea. As someone knowledgeable in the far north, I would like to ask your advice..
        I am hoping to reach the North Cape with a week or two to spare, and I would like to explore the other peninsulas in the far north. I could, of course, take the Hurtigruten to neighbouring peninsulas. I have already been to the Nordkyn peninsula this way. This guy from the forum suggested that, on the Varanger peninsula, I could pay a private person to take me and my bike from Syltefjord to Hamningberg. This way, I could see more of the peninsula, and not have to cycle around the fjord and back.

        I am now thinking, would it be possible to do this (take private boats) to see some more of the peninsulas where there are only dead end roads. For example, would be be possible to see the peninsula between Repvåg and the Nordkyn peninsula by taking a boat from Repvåg? Then would it be possible to get to the Nordkyn peninsula by taking a boat from Veidnesklubben? If this were possible, I could then cycle from there up to Mehamn, take the Hurtigruten to Berlevåg, and then follow the planned route I have here:

        Do you know any people that may be able to take me (if I pay them, of course) between peninsulas? Do you have any other ideas or tips of nice places to cycle to? Maybe we can catch up when I reach Honningsvåg next year.

        Thanks for your help!! 🙂


  19. Just found your blog through “Best of Two Sisters”. What an adventure your life has been so far and I’m sure more is to come!

  20. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi! Thanks for following me- love your blog and will look forward to more!

  21. What an inspirational blog; so far off the beaten track …. hope to visit the North Cape one day.

  22. Inspirational indeed – and good nature work! I have been to Nordkapp and many times to beautiful Norway. Lucky you living there!

  23. how ironic that you’re at the top of the world, and i am at the middle! who will speak for the bottom of the world?!!!!

    what a great gift you’re giving, to show your world to all of us!

  24. juicesaar says:

    Nice blog, great images! Thank you 🙂


  25. nitajohana says:

    woooww… you painted the world with Picture..nice. i like this blog..

  26. leonjodido says:

    Nice to meet you. If I happen to visit europe next year i hope i have the time to visit norway 🙂

  27. Meho says:

    I took few minutes to visit your town on Google Street View and I just realize how north your are! This is simply amazing! I am someone who love winter, wind and cold temperature but you live SO in the north that i just can’t imagine… Anyway this is a nice city and I Wish I could live that North one day.

    …with an internet connection of course!

    NB: I think I’ve seen that temperatures are getting no less than -15°C in winter… Is this true?

  28. PhotoCory says:

    I love the virtual trip through the cold North of Europe, I like you blog very much 🙂 I dream about seeing the Aurora one day, it’s so nice that you have this opportunity often. Have a great day! Cheers from Belgium

  29. Getting to the North of Europe is our ultimate destination. To see 24 hours sun in Summer and to experience the Aurora in Winter and to just be “on top” of the world 🙂

    • ekhaugli says:

      I hope you get to visit, and plan on at least a few days. I can give you lots of tips on things to experience and places to visit. It is an incredible part of the world. thanks for stopping by 🙂

  30. greenlakeblue says:

    Hello Erica,
    Just stumbled upon your blog. I went to Norway about 10 years ago and loved that country, the scenery, people…. I want to return one day and explore more. I’d love to go on the Hurtigruten and also to see the Northern Lights and explore the Lofoten Islands and Tromso…. and…
    There so much to see and feel.
    I will try to visit often your blog and learn more about your now home country.
    Wishing you well 🙂

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you. Yes, it is a beautiful country, and a trip on the Hurtigruten is a wonderful way to experience the fjords of Norway. I’ll be following you as well and looking forward to being inspired by your blog. I checked out your colorful jewelry pieces. Lovely. Looking forward to seeing your collage pieces as well. Have a great day! Erica

      • greenlakeblue says:

        Hi Erica, you’re very welcome. I’m sorry for my late reply back, only I’ve been busy with work related stuff and haven’t been much online lately. Thank you for checking out my blog too and finding interest in it. I’m in the process of adding more content. I haven’t done much Collage lately but that’s something I definitively want to practice more often. Is just finding the time to do everything I love! 🙂
        Take care, Natalia!!

  31. LFFL says:

    Goodness, you look so COLD!!

  32. Erik says:

    Hi Erica, Absolutely stunning. I love the pictures… you capture the region so well! I tried to email you, but it looks like your erica@mysilverwillow.com is no longer working. Do you have any updated email address or can you shoot me your contact info at erik.rexo@gmail.com? I have a quick question for you.


  33. Hello Erika! i am george! soanish! i am currently living in Dubai, yeah! very different weather than Honningsvag! haha 43degrees now here! i was living in tromso three years ago, 2009-2010, where i discovered the polar night, northern loghts and the nature and soul of northern norway. Then in summer i moved to Honningsvag, working for my beloved Artico Ice Bar, Rica Hotel and Arctic Service. there i fall in love and discover the midnight sun! Life brought me to other paths, working now for Emirates airline and writting a blog in airline industry, myaviationnewspaper.wordpress.com, but that will never remove that little magic town from my heart! I invite you to follow me, and one time i will be back! hadet bra! thank you!

    • ekhaugli says:

      Hi George. Hope you are enjoying the warm weather in Dubai…. long way from the North Cape. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I’ll be following your adventures in Dubai. Ha en fin dag 🙂

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  35. Susanne says:

    I found you through Liz Hardman’s blog “Nature on the Edge”. Looking forward to learning more about “the top of the world” through your posts.

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you, Susanne. I was surprised that Liz had been up here and disappointed that we didn’t connect when she was here. I’ve been away from the blogging world for awhile now, but have plans to start up again. All the best to you as you follow your heart and write!

  36. You’re in my thoughts, Erica. Hoping you’re okay and have recovered your health again. Best wishes, Liz.

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