And don’t get me wrong, Oslo is as charming as European cities come. It’s one of my favourite Scandinavian cities, it’s got a lot of history behind it, it’s also very beautiful, really quite walkable and has a pretty decent nightlife (see more on Oslo here) but Norway’s true appeal lies far from the bright lights of its cities (Bergen is a bit of an exception though with its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen and this amazing view at Floyen).
Essentially, Oslo is an absolutely fantastic city but the reason reason you should visit Norway is its exceptional natural wonders! Seriously, no where else in the world looks or feels just like Norway. Its absolutely unique and as wishy washy as this might sound, its 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 lives 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), 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. 🙂
(N.B.: I’ll have the full proper blog posts from out time here, chock-filled with photos as soon as I possibly can! 🙂 )
Seeing the midnight sun (above).
Finally seeing puffins for the first time in the island of Runde (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!