One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to is Norway. In fact, Disney’s Frozen patterned the country of Arendelle after the city of Bergen, while the castle was inspired by the Akershus Fortress which is found in Oslo.
Bergen was our first stop in Norway. We stayed at the Clarion Collection Havnekontoret which is right across the old Hanseatric Wharf and beside the buildings on the UNESCO Heritage List. The Fish Market is walking distance (from our hotel) and we enjoyed having our lunch and dinner there, we skipped ordering whale though. Two places in Bergen we couldn’t miss are the Fløibanen Funicular (up to Mount Floyen) and taking the cable car up to Mount Ulriken for the best views of the city.
We took the NSB train to Flam and the journey was absolutely breathtaking.
The Flamsbryggen hotel is located right on the fjord and it was surreal to wake up to this picture perfect setting.
We joined the Fjord Safari, which according to Tripadvisor is the no.1 attraction in Flam. We were able to cover the Sognefjord and the Nærøyfjord. And some highlights of this 2 hour tour are passing through the world heritage Aurlandsfjord and Gudvangen and being greeted by seals and porpoises ( they look like dolphins) along the way.
After a quick lunch, we rented bikes and went around the town. And again, everything was so beautiful. If I could freeze that moment, on a bike in a beautiful town ( which at that moment felt like we were the only ones in it) I would.
We took the 5pm NSB train to Oslo and arrived a few minutes before midnight. Since we only had one full day in the city, we decided to join a whole day tour which includes Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Viking Museum, Polarship Fram Museum, Kon-tiki Museum, and a cruise on the Oslo Fjord.
Yes, all his sculptures do not have any clothes on;)
Norway was like a dream, literally. I’ve enjoyed each city tremendously and I can’t wait to go back with my kids and maybe take a trip to Iceland as well 🙂