For me, Norway’s true appeal lies far from the bright lights of its cities, like Oslo (though that’s amazing too). That being said, Bergen is a bit of an exception though with its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen and this amazing view at Floyen.
Seriously, nowhere else in the world looks or feels just like Norway and you can follow our full 9-day road trip around Norway, too.
It’s absolutely unique and as wishy-washy as this might sound, it’s one of the places you’ve truly got to see in person to believe.
We recently returned from visiting a part of Norway I’ve always wanted to visit – Geiranger (via Ålesund) and this place truly live up to the hype.
I’d seen photos for quite some time online and as much as I loved Norway when we visited Flam, rode the Flamsbana on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and saw the fjords for the first time (here’s looking at you Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord).
Though, I had no idea how much more spectacular sights Norway had to offer and now all I can think about is when I can return to explore even more of this amazing country.
I could go on and on about how unique Norway is to visit but I figured I’d rather show you than try to explain it to you. 🙂
Seeing the midnight sun (above).
Finally seeing puffins for the first time on the island of Runde (a big BIG deal for me)!
Oh, we also saw a sea eagle which is one of the largest eagles in the world!
Found a lighthouse you can actually stay in (in Ålesund) – it’s tiny but so adorable inside.
That’s Ålesund below…
Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet in Øye (above and below).
This used to be a village but it got flooded following a landslide and you can still see the houses underneath the water.
A road trip here involves several ferry crossings but they’re actually a lot easier than you’d think. They’re also fairly regular too.
Arriving in Geiranger (below) and seeing the spectacular Geirangerfjord.
Storseterfossen (waterfall – below) – a bit of a hike to get here (uphill) but totally worth it!
Seven Sisters waterfall…(below)
In search of the best viewpoint in Geiranger…
The suitor waterfall (below) – which is right opposite the Seven Sisters waterfall (from several photos above). There’s a little local tale about the suitor and the seven sisters… more on that in another post though!
Leaving Ålesund and heading back home in London…
…but with a promise to return to Norway soon!