Apologies upfront for the (a) – there is so much I want to share that Norway will simply not fit into one post!
Everyone always wants to know the reason you travel to a certain country or region and while I honestly don’t need a reason to travel, Norway was definitely the reason I wanted to go to Scandinavia and boy was I not disappointed.
To say Norway is breathtakingly beautiful would be the understatement of the decade and my Trafalgar journey continues in this incredible country.
We arrived to an absolutely freezing Oslo, the capital city of Norway and headed straight to the harbor area (whatever you do, don’t call it a waterfront! This is not Cape Town!). I had to remove my K-way Barnacle down jacket from it’s tiny pouch and put it on quickly as it was really cold. Thanks to Cape Union Mart, this was perfect for travelling to a cooler region.
I love this photo of Oslo, so atmospheric with the grey sky.
I also found my very own coffee shop – and no, they didn’t want to give me free coffee.
I then had the best pizza of my life at a restaurant called ‘Eataly’ (clever!). The restaurant had a roaring fire indoors, so it meant removing all my layers. This particular pizza has actually won awards so I simply had to try it and it did not disappoint. Seriously, the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve been to Italy!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet but Scandinavia was the most expensive region I ever visited. This simple meal of a pizza, 1 beer and two glasses of wine with tip cost me 550 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) which is just over 920.00 South African Rand! I could just about feed a family of four at a good restaurant with a bottle of wine for that price and you would most definitely not be eating a simple pizza!
The weather the next day was absolutely perfect, warm and sunny.
We then went to the Vigeland Sculpture Park – the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. It has over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. The detail is unbelievable.
The tall sculpture above is called ‘The Monolith’ it has 121 anatomically correct figures, is 17.3 meters high and was carved from a single block of granite, hence the name: mono: one, litho: stone.
Here’s a close up…
Apologies for the Asian gentleman – he absolutely refused to move.
We then went to the Viking ship museum – incredibly interesting!
A woman of high rank was buried, ship and all, under the ground in the ship above. Amazing that it was excavated perfectly. This is the original ship in all it’s glory
We then stopped at the Heddal Stave Church, one of the last remaining wooden churches in Norway. This one was built in the early 13th century and, constructed entirely out of wood, still stands in perfect condition today.
We then took a scenic drive past snow capped mountains to our overnight stop in the village of Vradal.
Coffee stop at a beautiful fjord.
That’s it for today, stay tuned for my next post continuing with incredible Norway!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust
Till next time, please comment and tell me what you think, I love hearing from everyone. Hope you enjoy this post.