Road trip through Norway – Part 1

This diary was originally written in July 2014. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be taking you with me to one of the greenest countries in the world, Norway.

Are you ready? Alright, let’s begin. The road trip started at Rygge, 45 min drive from Oslo. Just before the plane landed, I had a chance to capture some of the most sunning scenery. It looked majestic!

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

First stop was Stavanger. The ride (via the South Coast) took us the whole day and we only reached the city at around midnight. In the morning, we took a ferry and did some hiking. It was time for the iconic Preikestolen, a famous tourist attraction in Forsand, Ryfylke. And when I say famous, I mean it. It is one of the most visited natural ones in Norway, and it’s buzzing with people. The path is dominated by huge rocks, but it’s easy to get up there. Took us about 2 hours to the top.

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

In the evening we took a short walk in Stavanger. It’s one of Norway’s oldest cities, but what made me truly excited about going there were the colourful streets. Unfortunately internet can be deceiving sometimes; there was one street that had wooden houses painted in purple, orange, yellow, pink and other colours, but most building in the city were white. I still enjoyed wandering through tiny streets and liked how they were surprisingly empty. The sun only set around 11pm, which gave us plently of time to explore around.

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

On Monday we checked out and started our trip to Bergen. We first took a ferry to Tau, then another one to Nesvik and after, the last one to Ropeid, where we were awarded with a great view of Svandalfossen waterfall.

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

Followed by more lakes, green valleys and mountains. Of course Røldal Stave Church (in Odda municipality) couldn’t be missed.

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

Before stopping in Bergen, the road led us to more waterfalls, Låtefossen and Steindalfossen. And that’s where our journey ends today.

Visiting Norway - Part 1 | The Cheerful Wanderer

To be continued…

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