A little bit about me

Welcome to everyday life in the North 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 seventeen years.  I ended up meeting the man of my dreams while working here, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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

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.

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 my journey so far, is that I was diagnosed with cancer in December 2015, and have been undergoing treatment ever since.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant, and we’ve been navigating our way through this unexpected journey ever since.  Throughout these past years,  my breaks between blog posts have been few and far between.

Now, with a move to the fine city of Tromsø, I’ve decided to join the WordPress world 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,

Erica Haugli

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81 Replies to “A little bit about me”

    1. 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.

      1. Well, they do have to use guns to protect themselves if a polar bear attacks. This summer a teenager from England was killed when a bear attacked the camp where he and other students were sleeping in tents. Sad and scary.

    1. 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”.

  1. 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!


    1. 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

  2. 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,

    1. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

    1. Thank you Currie Rose! I am honored and grateful. I just came back from vacation and will have to read more about this award. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

  3. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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?

    1. 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

    2. 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!


    1. 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.

      1. 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!! 🙂


  6. 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?

    1. That’s right. I’ve lived here for three years and the coldest day we had was minus 17… thanks to the Gulf Stream it doesn’t get colder than that. But the wind chill factor can still bring the temperature down to minus 40. If you click here https://experiencenorthcape.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/want-to-see-our-town-by-the-sea-borealis-livecam-honningsvag-360/ you can see the webcams in our town and up at the North Cape… but wait for 14 or so hours. It’s pitch black right now.

      1. Thank you!

        So if I love cold temperature, I better stay in Quebec city… 😉

        Thank you for the link to this webcam, it’s pretty cool!

  7. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  8. 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 🙂

    1. 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

      1. 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!!

  9. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  10. Having visited Honningsvag five times I took pictures of the boots you had filled with flowers in front of the shop you owned, and in 2017 shopped at the art gallery and purchased a couple of the cards with pictures you created. I know that you had health problems an hope they have been cured. I enjoy your weekly pictures and think your children are a few years older than when you first had a website. My father was a Norwegian who left home at age 16 o become a seaman, so Norway and the Hurtigruten voyage I think of often.

    1. Dear Chris, Thank you so much for your comment. That is amazing that you’ve been in Honningsvåg 5 times! It is a lovely place. And glad you found my fishing boots and the gallery. I am still undergoing treatment – one of the reasons we moved to Tromsø. But thankfully, I have great medical care. I can only imagine the journey your father had at 16 years old! I’m so happy you’ve been able to make the journey back to Norway to visit your roots. All the best! Erica

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