World Highlights: Our Favorite Hike in Norway

Norway is a stunning country to visit; the landscapes are national-park-quality no matter where you go.  And there are many ways to take it all in.  We picked up a rental car and drove throughout most of our trip, but we also stopped a few times to hit the trails.  Some of these were planned, but most were merely a case of “oh look, a trail!  I wonder where that goes!”

So of all the areas we visited, which topped our list?  Read on to find out!

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Photostory: Seagull Attack at Kyrping | LotsaSmiles Photography

We’re taking a small break this week, as we were crazy busy preparing for and running our home anime convention, Kumoricon (did you know we’re in charge of the convention’s official video and photography?).  That’s one event we’ll both actually miss considerably next year.  I’ve always said I wouldn’t miss Kumoricon for the world… but that’s precisely what we’ll be doing!

Anyway, we’ll be back next week with some more Florida stories, but in the meantime, enjoy this fun photostory from one of our campgrounds in Norway, Kyrping!


We saw plenty of fauna in Norway (though certainly not as much as in Costa Rica).  And while the species didn’t really surprise us, their behaviors did.  We passed lounging yaks, curious goats, and baying sheep (were we in Norway or Scotland?).  And I was attacked by a seagull.

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Norway Waterfalls

Norway: Raging Waterfalls

Since we are from Oregon, it takes A LOT to impress us when it comes to waterfalls. We have them everywhere. However in Norway, they are not only everywhere, you can see many at the same time! The volume of water coming off of the glaciers is so intense that you feel more alive as the water rushes down the mountain. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

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Vigeland Park – Oslo’s Sculpture Park | LotsaSmiles Photography

We’re taking a short break this week, but we don’t want to leave you without some fun Norway stories, so here’s one from my photography blog on our visit to Vigeland Park in Oslo.  Feel free to follow my travel photography there as well, and we’ll have some new stories for you next week!


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Vigeland Park

At first, we saw only a massive stretch of green lawn, and we were drawn in by the pungent smell of burning coals.  This led us to a space buzzing with people.  Couples wandered along the expansive path; groups of adolescents sat laughing on stretched-out blankets, a joyful tune emanating from their portable speakers and a beer in their hands.

As we ventured deeper into Vigeland Park, we reached a broad bridge sporting dozens of sculptures on either side.

The first thing I noticed was the sculptures were all unabashedly nude – men, women, children, all completely out in the open.  But as I observed the artwork, I was taken aback by the simple beauty of the scenes depicted.

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Snowy Lake in Norway

Norway: Glaciers and Snowy Landscapes

After packing for colder weather, we found a Norway that was unseasonably warm in May. So to get somewhere cold we had to go up in altitude and latitude. We couldn’t believe the views we saw and had to keep stopping to get more pictures as we went. When we thought we saw the most beautiful place possible, something better was just around the corner. Norway will always have a special place in our hearts, and this is why.

Pristine Norway

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Fascinated by Norwegian Architecture

Fascinated by Norwegian Architecture | BIGtinyWorld Travel | From the city to the countryside, we saw amazing architecture wherever we looked! Check out some of our favorites and revel with us in these engineering masterpieces! | #Norway #architecture #travel #internationaltravel #travelcouple #travelblog

While we were camping most of the time in beautiful Norway, we did also have a few opportunities to marvel at some of the ingenious architecture across the country.  And though we saw so little of it, it still made quite the impression!

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Norway: Our Campsites Ranked “What the Wifi?”

In America, we’re accustomed to certain amenities in a campground.  Space to lay out a tent, a spot to park our car, a pre-established fire pit.  If we’re feeling fancy, we’ll ensure there’s an outhouse nearby.  A step up from that might also offer a wooden picnic table in our site and perhaps – gasp! – real plumbing-connected toilets.  Now, that’s almost no longer camping at that point.

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But what about showers?  Rarely.  A community kitchen?  Haha, no.  Wifi?  Are you serious?

We were quite surprised to find out what was considered standard in Norwegian camping.

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Norway: Epic Road Trip

The Drive

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Driving in Norway was easier than we thought it would be. The road signs were easy to follow and many times we had the road all to ourselves. Doing a car camping road trip through the country was very peaceful compared to anything we’ve ever done in the U.S. or in Costa Rica. It was hard to believe we drove over 2,000 km, but some of the best views were right off the road. Why do a 20 km hike for one view, when you can drive for a thousand? Here were some of our best views.

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Norway: Exploring Oslo

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When visiting someplace new, first impressions can make a big difference.  A single day can determine if we want to return, what we think of the people, and how much we’ll talk about it when we return.  The first few hours can set the mood for the entire trip.

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Fortunately, Oslo was a delightful introduction to Norway.

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Norway – Endless Beauty from Fjord to Glacier

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).

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