Hello. It’s me.
Iana, not Adele.
So! I just came back from my crazy-great-felt-too-short-felt-too-long trip to Norway. Yes, Norway in March could be a bad idea. So if you’re interested in hiking, do it in the summer, when it’s the warmest. No, I didn’t see the Northern Lights, but I also didn’t put that on my agenda since I was in the south part in a low season. If you decide to visit in a not-so-smart moment like me, make sure you have waterproof boots (seriously – waterproof) and a waterproof jacket. I lived in The Netherlands for 4 years but nothing compared to my Norway experience of fog, wetness, cold and some more rain.
It was an insanely great experience and as my friend who lives there said “very authentic” because of the weather haha.
Well, here come the photos and the explanations as usual 🙂
I woke up at 3am, got on a plane from Sofia to Munich, then Oslo, then I was supposed to land in Haugesund, however the weather was bad so I ended up in Stavanger instead. Luckily, I met a super massively cool marine biology master student (I shall name him Kiba, he’ll know why haha).
I got to Haugesund around 7pm, ate, fell asleep, woke up at 5am, left for Stavanger again.
Pine trees, water, bridges, rocks, ferryboats, tunels and fish – Norway explained. JK
Following was Gamle Stavanger old wooden town 🙂
The next day we set off to conquer Preikestolen “Preikestolen is a steep cliff which rises 604 metres (1,982 ft) above the Lysefjorden. Atop the cliff, there is an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 ft × 82 ft). It sits on the north side of the fjord, opposite the Kjerag plateau, located on the south side.” (Wikipedia)
Climbing trees because it was easier than the icy road, crawling, going through rivers of melted snow and holding hands to keep from falling to your death. Literally.
And moving on to another great adventure with a starting point in Bergen, a city rich in history and sights. Second largest in Norway, founded around the 1020s, capital of Norway in the early 13th century, and from the end of the 13th century became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League. The League was founded in Lübeck, Germany, (you can check out my roadtrip to Lübeck by clicking here) created to protect economic interests and diplomatic privileges in the cities and countries and along the trade routes the merchants visited. The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid.
Fun fact: The legacy of the Hansa is remembered today in several names like the German airline Lufthansa or the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, in the Netherlands, and more.
It’s a pretty cool part of history to learn more about 🙂
Here I visited that quay known as Bryggen in Norwegian where some 300-year-old houses remain.
Following was a 3.5-hour fjord cruise that included some wild goats, going under an icy-cold waterfall with some waterproof-suit-thing on and amazing views.
- The captain’s dog
- Old way of fishing by throwing stones in the water, forbidden now except in one place in order to preserve the tradition.
- Absolute happiness.
And a little bit of Haugesund.
- Harald*, who apparently brought the country together because a pretty girl told him to if he wanted to marry her. Or so they say. Nothing to do with politics.
Harald Hårfagre * 🙂