Best of Norway and Sweden
Our recent trip to Norway and Sweden was full of so many beautiful experiences and memories. We return with our hearts feeling fuller, our minds relaxed, and our spirits at ease. We spent 8 full days exploring 5 different cities. We took planes, trains, trams, and a ferry down a fjord.
Wandering the streets of small town Bergen
Our first introduction to Norway sits quietly in a harbor at the foot of the mountains on the west side of the country. Bergen is a preserved slice of Norway’s history and culture and is exactly what I expected of Norway. It was here that we found some delightful souvenirs to take home and remember our trip by.
Hiking Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Floyen
The 13 km hike across Vidden will perhaps be the most memorable aspect of our trip. The natural wild beauty of Norway mountains stunned us, but to say this hike is difficult is an understatement. We paid physically and mentally to get through this 13km hike, but in the end, we are glad we did it. It challenged me in a way I had never been challenged before, and while I hated it while I was in it, I feel like I know more of what I am capable of.
A magical fjord ferry boat ride
Probably my most favorite part of the whole trip was the ferry ride from Bergen to Flam. It is amazing to glide across the gentle waters of a fjord and gaze out at the mountains as a viking once did. Along the shore, red roofed houses peppered the mountain side. Everything is so quiet and peaceful.
Playing with goats in Flam
What does one do when a sign says “please play with the goats”? We climb in and play with the goats. Watch out! If you look like a chair, you will be treated as such.
Getting up close to an authentic viking ship in Oslo
The powerful force of history hit me square in the chest as I walked around these large historic vessels. The craftsmanship from the curve of the bow to the ornate details leave me awestruck, wanting to learn more about these people who lived so long ago.
Re-uniting with old friends in Gothenberg
One of the main reasons for coming to Sweden was to see our friends Linus and Amanda in Gothenburg, who we met in New York on New Year’s Eve in 2015. We met up for dinner and drinks and enjoyed stories and laughs well into the night.
Walking the narrow streets of gamlastan in Stockholm
Possibly one of the most iconic spots in Stockholm, I made this the first stop in Stockholm. Arriving early means less tourists and more time to enjoy these beautiful spice colored buildings in the early morning light.
All along the narrow streets, curious shops hold hidden and bizarre treasures.
Enjoying all the authentic cuisine of Norway and Sweden
Between the perfectly not-too-sweet pastries, the hand-made sandwiches at every coffee shop, and the traditional hearty dinners, we had plenty of delicious meals to sample on our trip.