NORWAY, IT WAS A ROCKY START BUT YOU STOLE MY HEART!

NORWAY, IT WAS A ROCKY START BUT YOU STOLE MY HEART!

We all know I travel to chase the sun, so you can imagine my disappointment when I arrived to an over cast and rainy 17 degrees. “Welcome to Oslo,” they said. The only silver lining was seeing my Beautiful friend Ingrid that I met over 2 years ago in Brazil.

It was so fun reuniting with Ingrid and catching up. She was really excited to celebrate the 17th of May or Norway Day as I call it, and they laugh. 

Norway Day was awesome, we started off with a huge, no…gigantic champagne breakfast. 


Some how the weather held out and it didn’t rain. There was even some sunshine when we went and watched the parade. I got to wave at the queen and king before heading back home for a BBQ on Ingrid’s rooftop. 


The next day…you guessed it the weather turned to shit again and it rain. One of my friend recommended visiting The Well, a spa and bathhouse with 15 different saunas, 11 pools and over 100 types of showers. I highly recommend it, if you want to get pampered we got the package with lunch and ended up nearly spending 8hrs there.


We then boarded the train to go to Stavanger where we were going to hike to Preikestolen. Wowza, that hike was incredible, obviously the look out was amazing but the whole two hours were breath taking and we got so lucky with the weather. That’s when I knew Norway was warming up to me, literally. 

Ingrid and I then parted, she flew back to Oslo and I boarded the ferry to Bergen. In my true form I confused the ferry length thinking it was 3.5hrs but in actual fact it was 5.5hrs. Luckily I found a couch and slept most of the way.

“Bergen, one of the rainiest cities in Norway…great,” I thought to myself. But to my surprise there was only one rainy day out of the seven I was there. On the second day I was there I hiked one of the 7 mountains that surrounded the city. 


The next day I took a day trip to Flåm again getting lucky with the weather there. On the last day that I was there it was 23 degrees and it was hot! I popped my Fjord swimming cherry, oh my it was cold! But as sooon as you got out you were hot again because the weather was amazing! 


There are two reasons for why I fell in love with Norway, one being obviously the fantastic weather that I had in Bergen. Okay, three reason, second being the beautiful scenery and third being the people. On the rainy day, Marieke (my German friend I stayed with in Bergen) took me to her friend’s house for Norwegian tacos (which are just standard western tacos, not authentic Mexican). The dinner was followed by random dancing in the living room and the night ended with someone whipping out a guitar and jamming and singing till 3am in the morning. Definitely a random night to say the least, but so incredible just the way I love it!
Thank you Norway and thank you my old and new friends! 

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WHAT TO DO IN FLÅM, NORWAY?

WHAT TO DO IN FLÅM, NORWAY?

The other day I went on a day trip to Flåm and since I haven’t posted in a while I thought I would make a quick post about it.

Flåm is very small and is located on the inner end of the deepest and the second largest Fjord, called Sognefjord. It is surrounded by many mountains and waterfalls.

How to get there? 

There are a few way you can get to Flåm. From Bergen, that is where I was coming from, you can catch a bus (shortest and cheapest option), a ferry or the train. You can also get there from any place on the train line between Bergen and Oslo. If you are doing that you will need to change trains in Myrdal to the Flåmsbana.

Once you get there, there is a tourist center where you can purchase tours, buy tickets and get maps.

When I arrived I was informed that unfortunately, there was a huge cruise ship and most tours were booked out, including the famous Flåmsbana train! “Arghhh, why is the happening, first the shitty weather, now this, Norway hates me”, I thought to myself. But luckily the stars aligned or maybe it was my guardian angel but there was one more train at 4pm that still had some spots, and that allowed me enough time to do a return trip and be back for my bus back to bergen.

What to do?

Go on a hike – at the trourist information you can get a map with lots of different hikes, from short to long. The maps are really easy to follow and a great way to spend the day. I would recommend packing a lunch and enjoying it with a view up in the mountains.

Ride the Flåmsbana – one of the most scenic train routes to take in Norway, I had the pleasure of taking it twice (highly recommend). Tip: Flam to Myrdal sit on the right and sit on the left if you are going the other way (better views).

Hire a kayak – unfortunately I didn’t have the time to do this but I met two English guys who were starting there camping/kayaking trip from Flåm to the next town over. It is also nice to just hire it for a few hours and explore the Fjords.

Where to eat?

There are few cafes and restaurants to choose from, there is also a bakery that smelled delicious and if you are on a budget there is a supermarket called Coop.

Where to stay? 

I only went for a day trip due to the weather forcast but I was going to stay at a Youth Hostel  they have camping available or dorms at a cheap price. Of course if you are not on a budget there are a few hotels and cabin options in Flåm. Also if you have your own camping equipment, in Norway you are allowed to camp where ever but you can also stay at campsites with showers and toilets.

Hope you have enjoyed the read, and this post helps you plan your adventures in Flåm!