Norway, a rainy, mountainous, beautiful country... well, that was my experience anyway. We went to Norway for one week, stopped at all the famous spots, hiked a bit and went home very much satisfied at the end. My family and I decided that it would be cheapest for us to see Norway via cruise (don't worry, I'll get to that later). This meant that we saw most of the highlights but didn't have nearly enough time to truly experience each town. But I think we got as much out of it as we possibly could.
Oslo, a quiet little town the Norwegians like to call their capital. It's a shame that I felt pretty ill that day because it meant I couldn't enjoy most of the city. We visited the most important sites but personally, this was my least favourite place.
I'll admit that my expectations for Kristiansand were below zero. I'd googled the place a few times, looked at some pictures on pinterest, but the place just seemed uninteresting. However, once I actually visited the place, it was cosy, the people were friendly and it seemed to have character. It wasn't extroadinary but it was cute and I was very pleasantly surprised.
And now for the bucketlist section: Preikestolen. As soon as my mum told me that there was even the slightest possibility that we could make it up there in the time we were allowed ashore, I was sold. I was absolutely deteremind to run up the track if it meant that I could see this famous...rock.
We had 4 hours to do it, 4 hours to walk up the entire mountain, see the rock and walk all the way back down and we could have easily done it if it weren't for all the slow pokes we had to try and pass every step of the way.
We made it up in 1 hour and 30 minutes but we were scared it would take us longer to go back down seeing as all the other hikers would need to make it back down as well. This is where the cruise was relatively irritating. Due to our limited time and the questionable time we had left to make it back down, we spent a total amount of 2 minutes on the rock. TWO MINUTES! We raced back down and made it back again within 1 hour and 15 minutes meaning that we did the entire trip under 3 hours. Personally, I would have loved to have spent more time enjoying the view but there just wasn't enough time for it. But I'm still SO grateful I had the opportunity to see this beauty.
One of the the most beautiful train journeys in the world, the flam railway was a must. It was stunning and fulfilled my expectations, but I'm glad we got off the train to enjoy the actual scenery as well.
I know it will sound strange, but Flam was definitely my favourite destination, even more than Pulpit Rock. It was unforgetable, not because of the rain, but because there was something to see around every corner (hence the trillions of pictures).
Our Cruise Experience
And now for the luxurious aspect of the trip... I'm not much of a pamper person, so I was sceptical to say the least. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. From all you can eat buffets to amazing evening entertainment, this ship had it all. I'm not sure it's the best for every trip, but for Norway, I saw a lot more than just one place. Cruises are expensive and sometimes a little too posh, but if you like the James Bond lifestyle (where you hike up mountains during the day and dress classy with fancy meals at night) then this is REALLY something for you ;)
If you ever have the chance, go to Norway. It's not cheap but it's worth it. Trust me.
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