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Exploring Norway

Updated: Oct 1, 2019


Since my family are scattered around the world, we make it a goal to come together every summer to do a reunion while exploring different parts of the world together and create memories that will last a lifetime.


This year, we went on a cruise to explore the beautiful areas of Norway! Even though this was our fifth cruise together, this was our first time exploring the beautiful Norwegian fjords. And boy, it was breathtaking.


From pictures and what I've seen online, I knew it was going to be beautiful but after experiencing it myself, I realized that the pictures don't do it justice. I was in awe of everything. There were moments where I would be left speechless and would start starting praying. I was just so thankful that I got to experience all this with my family.


With more than 1,000 fjords around the country, I wanted to give you a low down of which towns we saw and what to expect if you decide to visit one day! Norway offers incredible nature experience no matter what activity you decide to do - whether it’s taking a tour on a world heritage fjord, hike to mountain plateaus, drive through a scenic route, or head to a cute Instagrammable cafes! Visiting with a big family (we were over 15 people from the ages 13-85) there was something to do for everyone!


Weather: Keep in mind - it is often cold and rains most of the time in Norway all year round. They even have a certain saying in Norway, which is "there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." So, always be prepared! You can get four seasons in one day!


Stavanger

When we arrived, it was raining so heavily that day and I wasn’t prepared at all (It was definitely my fault since I should’ve done my research of this trip beforehand because I only packed summer clothes - woops! ) So the first thing we did when we arrived in town was head to a souvenir shop to buy raincoats and umbrellas for the whole family - we looked like ultimate tourists with our winter gear that had Norwegian flags on all the items we got LOL. Once we wore appropriate clothing, the rain didn’t bother us because the town was too cute! It was a town filled with little white houses and there is a certain street called Øvre Holmegate, which was so colorful and has adorable cafes and bars side by side.



Olden

During this day, we had a tour guide to go on the skylift to see the view from the top of the whole village. It was SO much fun! My favourite part of this day was when we reached the top of the mountain - my family and I all sat down together at a cute cafe and drank hot chocolate while watching the scenic view from the window. Once we went back down the lift, we walked around near the waterfalls and it was so beautiful! I didn’t want to leave! Olden and Geiranger (the next day) were definitely my two favourite spots from the whole trip.



Geiranger

This day left me speechless. The town looked like something from a postcard! The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. When we first arrived, we explored the cute little town. Then we decided to take the tour bus to go up where the mountains were - and during the whole ride, one by one, we would just keep saying “Wow..” (It felt like Owen Wilson was on repeat LOL)

It was truly magical.



The two most notable waterfalls in the Geiranger Fjord are Seven Sisters Falls and the Suitor.


Fun Fact: There are approximately 240 inhabitants in Geiranger and most of them are employed in tourism. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Norway with more than 700,000 visitors each year.


Fun Fact: Disney's Frozen used the landscapes of the Geirangerfjord as basis for the landscapes of Arendelle.


Bergen

Even though this is Norway’s second largest city (Olso being the first) Bergen is known for its small-town charm and atmosphere. While we were exploring Bergen, we passed by a fish market in the middle of the town, which was perfect because we all wanted to try Norwegian’s famous smoked salmon!


Fun Fact: Salmon is a staple food when it comes to the Norwegian diet, with the country's long coastline and many fjords producing ample amounts of fish.


This town was too cute and very my vibe! Filled with cute architecture and adorable cafes - I loved it! The moment we arrived, I told my sister that this town reminded me of the movie Frozen and I kept singing “Frozen Hearts” as we were walking around the area. Turns out, this town was the inspiration for the movie’s town, Arendelle!



The whole trip was truly a magical experience - getting to see sights that I’ve never experienced before but also getting to spend it with my family that mean the world to me. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of the year!


Follow me on my Instagram to see more pictures and videos of the trip! Is Norway on your bucket list? Let me know!

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