We just arrived back from Norway a few days ago and were completely stunned by how beautiful it was. Our route included many fjords, glaciers, snowy lakes, and other breath-taking scenery that seemed to be non-stop. Every time we were wowed, there was something even more beautiful around the corner. During our last day we saw a glacier that emotionally impacted us in a way that no pictures or words could describe.
We started to get worried that we would be disappointed going to other countries or even back home in Oregon wondering what could top this. However, there is so much world out there to see that we are up for the challenge. Since there is a lot of material to go through, and we are dead tired from the trip, here are just a couple of the highlights (the highlights never stopped, nor the high jumps).
A hike with a teaser trailer all the way, the Nigardsbreen branch of the Jostedalsbreen glacier does not disappoint. We were so excited when we got to the parking lot. It was a surreal experience to say the least and something we will never forget.
Our hike from the car to the glacier was enjoyable, had some fun challenges, but nothing out of our experience level. It was hard to take our eyes off of the prize when we arrived, and we probably have dozens of similar photos trying to capture the moment. Even a few days later we want to go back because there are guided hikes to a blue ice cave and a glacier walk we didn’t know about until we got home.
You just can’t go to Norway without visiting a fjord. Geirangerfjord is one of the most popular ones, and it is pretty touristy with cruise ships and boat tours. We opted to just do a minor hike to get above it and avoid the crowds. The view was wonderful and we didn’t pay a dime (or a nok) to go see it. Once you are in the western part of Norway, it will be hard to not trip on a few of these on your drive. Taking ferries is an easy way to see them from the water, but the best views are when you get up high.
We came across many snowy lakes during our drive of nearly 2000 kilometers. It was hard not to pull off the road at every opportunity to see these as they just kept getting better. The reflective glossy waters mixed with snowy hilltops was pure ice candy and one of our favorite spots during our journey.
In the eight days we were in Norway, we covered a lot of ground. We can’t wait to share our experiences with you in the next several months. Stay tuned for our stories in Norway.
Have you ever been to Norway? What was your favorite spot to visit?