desperately missing: norway

desperately missing norway // sweetsonian

I’ve been texting Silje in Norway, and following all of her lovely friends in Norway via Instagram and Snapchat — and I’ve found myself incredbly vacation-sick for Norway and it’s gorgeous views, bubbly language, and friendly faces. It was almost a year ago when I took just over a week to explore Oslo and Bergen! And since I held back on taking a vacation this year, I’m already daydreaming about the trip I’m hoping to take next year. My obsession with Norway continues, so you can bet that I’ll be taking at least another week there next summer :)

Here are some of the gorgeous views I’ve been pinning to my to-do list. If you want to make a Norwegian laugh, try pronouncing all of the Norwegian words and names out loud.

Atlanterhavsveien — “The Atlantic Road” is a winding, gorgeous road that was orginally proposed as a railway in the early 1900s (then abandoned). The road itself was build in the 1970s, and it now connects the semi-inhabited tiny islands of an archipelago in Western Norway.

Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway — I’ve had this image pinned for years. Lofoten is farther north than where most Norwegians live, and it’s a bit of a trek to get up there… but it’s first on my to-do list for my next trip to Norway. Last summer, I met a couple of Americans while I was in Bergen, and they had just come back from Lofoten. They described the water as being as blue as the Caribbean, but you’re instead up in the Arctic Circle. I want to go to there.

Trolltunga — “Tip of the tongue,” known as one of the most spectacular hikes in all of Norway. The little ledge of a cliff juts out, holding you more than 3,600 feet above sea level — how crazy is that?! It’s a day-long hike through high mountains, but the views are breathtaking and highly worth it.

Preikestolen — Pulpit Rock, a hike to a stone cliff that looms almost 2,000 feet over the Lysefjord. The hike is just over 2 miles each way, but… you start at sea level and climb all 2,000 feet in that 2 miles, so it takes the average fit person 2 to 3 hours. So… you’ll find me on the stairmaster tonight.

Bergen, Norway

Train ride from Oslo to Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

It was raining cats and dogs for the majority of my time in Bergen, which I’m told, is the norm for the little city no matter what time of year it is. We had to forego the hiking trip to the top of the mountains because of the rain, but the copious amounts of coffee and carbs from the most fabulous host of them all, Åse, gave me a taste of what it would be like to live in Bergen.

It’s beautiful — that’s for sure. And the people I met were all very nice and seemed to enjoy their jobs and their lives in Bergen. If it weren’t for the constant rain, I’d probably move there.

Anyway, there aren’t many photos, because the rain made me nervous with the camera worth more than my life. But I couldn’t resist photos from the fjord tour and the fish market right after. Hope you all are having a wonderful week, wherever you are! Especially my friends in DC — missing you dearly.

Bergen, Norway // SweetsonianFish market in Bergen // Sweetsonian

I could have used an orange rain jumper like that while I was in Bergen.

Fish market in Bergen // Sweetsonian

Fish market in Bergen // Sweetsonian

Fish market in Bergen // Sweetsonian

Fish market in Bergen // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Anyone who saw our boat chugging along was very excited to wave. Check out all of the waterfalls behind them! There are waterfalls everywhere in Norway. I’m assuming they’re from all of the melting snow.

 

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // SweetsonianTrain ride from Oslo to Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Fjord tour from Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Bergen, Norway // SweetsonianAse's Kitchen in Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Ase's Kitchen in Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Train ride from Oslo to Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Train ride from Oslo to Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian

Train ride from Oslo to Bergen, Norway // Sweetsonian