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Tricia Cantlon

There is so much beauty to discover on this beautiful floating rock we live on! I truly believe that travel, if done responsibly, teaches us meaningful life lessons about ourselves and the world around us that are incomparable to any other form of education.

I am originally from Detroit, MI but I moved to Norway five years ago; I was instantly drawn to the country's vast and unique beauty. In Norway, and worldwide, I have spent the majority of my adult life traveling through different scopes: including eco-hotels, hostels, backpacking, camping, road trips, and more. I use these experiences to create tailor-made trips so you can revel in the magic of Norway firsthand.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I crave activities that allow us all to thrive off of natural beauty and discover a deep connection with local culture! I specialize in fjord tours, arctic adventures, mountainous escapes, and coastal exploration on land and in sea throughout all of Norway. Sustainability, collective wellness and community inspire my activities to get acquainted with local cuisine, history and landscape. I can help you navigate a trip to explore beautiful Norwegian nature, quaint small towns, or urban areas including Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Tromsø."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Exploration was a deep desire of mine since I was young. I did the stereotypical 20-something backpacking trek through Europe, and quickly discovered that my connection to travel meant so much more when I could stay in one place, get to know people, and give back to the communities I visit. I slowed down my travels and started volunteering my way around the world - I worked in private homes and public organizations for varied causes like plastic cleanup, yoga teaching, sustainable farming, and animal rescue. From these ventures, I discovered how truly electric, enlightening, and earnest travel can be. This led me to develop meaningful travel knowledge to help create valuable memories for others."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It's hard to choose just one! Every trip I've taken has been unique and beautiful in its own way. One of the most amazing experiences I had was visiting a permaculture farm and eco hotel in the middle of a Costa Rican jungle. It was a muddy two hour jungle walk just to get into the property; I saw snakes, poisonous frogs, butterflies as big as my hand, and fierce howling monkeys before I even got to the hotel. The trees were the brightest green and the water was the most electric blue. During my stay on the farm, I volunteered with locals and international travelers to utilize renewable resources, make meals from the farm we worked on, generate the land, and produce as little waste as possible with a humble lifestyle. Staying in the jungle was a slightly risky, tremendously beautiful and overall unforgettable experience."

Tricia is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
Traditional Lofoten fishing village
Top Experiences in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The moment you arrive, you'll understand why, as this stunning archipelago features jagged mountain peaks, colorful hamlets that cling to rocks, and a coastline dotted with islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, this is the place for you! Enjoy scenic drives, kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

Tromsø coastline
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

Explore northern Norway at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary. Seven days allows you sufficient time to explore the city of Tromsø and its historic streets, hike around isolated islands like Senja and Sommarøy, and sea safari alongside the fjord wildlife on your journey.

Sognefjord, nicknamed "King of the Fjords".
Norway Epic Family Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days

This week-long family-friendly itinerary combines popular summer destinations and activities for a true Norwegian adventure. Start off in Oslo, where you can experience the capital's cool culture before taking a train to the mountain village of Geilo. From here, hop on a scenic steam train to Aurland, where a speedboat whisks you towards Skjerdal for hiking, goats, and spectacular fjord views. Sail through the magnificent Sognefjord to finish the trip in the picturesque port of Bergen, where you can explore its UNESCO-listed waterfront and take day trips into the surrounding fjords.

Catch a fjordcruise to Bergen in the village of Flåm
Oslo to Bergen Summer Adventure - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary combines Norway's two largest cities and a stunning mountainous area between them. Begin in modern Oslo—the fastest-growing capital in Europe—before heading westward to Eidfjord and Utne, home to the stunning Hardangervidda National Park. Top it off with a cruise to charming Bergen, the historic Hanseatic city known as the gateway to the fjords.

Look for the Northern Lights while driving through the Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days

Dramatic, snow-covered mountains and the Northern Lights are highlights of this 6-day adventure above the Arctic Circle. Starting in Bodø, you'll ferry to the stunning Lofoten Islands and drive at your own pace through some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns. Then, exchange your rental car for an overnight coastal steamer where you'll travel to Tromsø for some urban culture and dog sledding.

The Seven Sisters Waterfall meets the Geirangerfjord
Norway's Fjords in May: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

May is a remarkable month for visiting Norway's fjords. Sandwiched between Easter and the Summer Solstice, this is the time to take advantage of longer days, blooming flowers, and rushing waterfalls like the Seven Sisters. You can also join locals as they celebrate Norway's biggest holiday: Constitution Day.

Recent trip reviews for Tricia

Tricia was attentive to our requests and need... · Norway - May 13 - May 22, 2022

Traveler: Estrella H. - Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon

Tricia was attentive to our requests and needs. We had a lovely trip from
Bergen to Oslo. Particularly liked the uniqueness and locations of the places we stayed in. Tricia was also very responsive to any needs we had during my the trip and provided good suggestions or plans for every day in out tour. read more

Tricia was attentive to our requests and needs. We had a lovely trip from
Bergen to Oslo. Particularly liked the uniqueness and locations of the places we stayed in. Tricia was also very responsive to any needs we had during my the trip and provided good suggestions or plans for every day in out tour.

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Bergen Børs Hotel

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Tricia Cantlon, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm so very happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves! It was a treat to be there for your journey. You are such kind people and it was really fun that you were up to explore some of the more unique areas! Hope to see you back in Norway someday :)

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the ar... · Norway - May 11 - May 18, 2022

Traveler: Akiko W. - Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the area we traveled. She gave us insufficient, incomplete and some cases wrong information. We were fortunate enough to get help from our Norwegian friend who guided us throughout our tour. Without our friend’s help we would have been in a very difficult situation. The selection of hotels was very good except for Malangen Resort. The room offered a very good view but it was shabby and outdated. The floor was loose and, when you walk on it, it bounced.... read more

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the area we traveled. She gave us insufficient, incomplete and some cases wrong information. We were fortunate enough to get help from our Norwegian friend who guided us throughout our tour. Without our friend’s help we would have been in a very difficult situation. The selection of hotels was very good except for Malangen Resort. The room offered a very good view but it was shabby and outdated. The floor was loose and, when you walk on it, it bounced. Contrary to what Tricia stated, there were hardly anything interesting this resort /location could offer. The last night we stayed there, there was a big party at the bar downstairs that lasted until 2:30 AM. We contacted the hotel management 3 times. Their response was that it’s a big holiday and it’s common to party but they would lower the sound and stop people to go out into the deck. That never happened. Let us assure you the sound was so loud that our room was shaken with constant loud drum so that when the security knocked our door (according to what they said), we didn’t hear it! The first call was around 11;30PM. We thought the party would be over by midnight, so when they offered to move us to another room, we declined. They never told us that the bar would be open until 2:30AM. The hotel knew about this event but no information was provided to us. They repeatedly told us that “That the way it is and we can’t do anything “. Unbelievable! This incident took away all the good memories in Norway. Tricia should have known that Tromsø town center would be closed to all auto traffic except for certain people. If we have known that, we would have left Malangen a day earlier to Tromsø. We weren’t able to reach our hotel in Tromsø and were told that the parking would be very difficult. Streets were blocked from 6AM to 6:30PM. We had to park our car at our friend’s place and take a buss to hotel without our luggage. We then had to take a buss to our friend’s place to pickup our car after 6:30PM. This was done in a very windy and cold snowing weather. Then, we found out that the hotel has no parking place and we had to find the place on our own. This was never mentioned to us. About how to pay ferry fee, Tricia said that we pay by credit card at the ferry dock. It’s not so. They scan the license plate and send a bill to the owner of the vehicle or scan a special sticker.

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Tromsø Lodge & Camping

Tromso

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Arctic Boat Safari in Senja

Senja

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Tricia Cantlon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Akiko and Ben,

I am deeply sorry and very unpleasantly surprised to read your thoughts and feelings about my guidance and your trip to northern Norway. When I didn't hear from you, I wrongly assumed you were having a pleasant journey. It is such a terrible shame that these sour memories got in the way of your vacation. I have noted your feedback and will take it with me in future conversations with travellers.

I did speak to the hotel receptionist in Tromsø regarding parking on your arrival... read more

Akiko and Ben,

I am deeply sorry and very unpleasantly surprised to read your thoughts and feelings about my guidance and your trip to northern Norway. When I didn't hear from you, I wrongly assumed you were having a pleasant journey. It is such a terrible shame that these sour memories got in the way of your vacation. I have noted your feedback and will take it with me in future conversations with travellers.

I did speak to the hotel receptionist in Tromsø regarding parking on your arrival date, but unfortunately they also did not foresee this as an issue, so I apologize for this detour and bad weather on Norway's Constitution Day.

I followed up with Malangen about the room and the party. You deserved a peaceful and wonderful stay here and it is definitely unfair for you that their celebration ran so late into the night to disturb you. It is a unique place, and people come there for the outdoor possibilities, which the resort also told me they had informed you about. I am sorry to hear that Mestervik wasn't the area for you, it is unfortunate to hear that the outdoor activities and historical hikes weren't quite what you imagined.

I put my all into these trips in hopes that my incoming travelers will leave with memories to last a lifetime, and I take this review to heart. I wish I could have helped you along the way; our message portal and emergency phone are meant for these situations, and I am always available to assist when things go awry, which can sometimes be unexpected. I hope that you had some positive experiences despite the negative, and one day you will return to Norway to enjoy the country in better conditions.

Warmly,
Tricia

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life t... · Norway - Apr 6 - Apr 19, 2022

Traveler: Marvin F. - Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life time thank you read more

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life time thank you

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Thon Hotel Opera

Oslo

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Explore Oslo's hidden gems with a local expert

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Tricia Cantlon, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was an honor to plan a Viking adventure for you. Thank you so much for visiting Norway!!