|UNESCO World Heritage site- Bergen|
Its official; Norway is by far my favorite place I have ever visited. We haven't made it to Oslo yet- that is next up on our agenda- but from what I've seen so far, this is truly an amazing country. The combination of spectacular scenery, cool temperatures that require a sweater even in the middle of the summer, and clean ocean air make for a mesmerizing experience. Add in the friendly people, the abundance of fresh fish, and the fact we are so disconnected from our everyday life and I feel as though I never want to leave. In many ways, this area reminds me of where I grew up along the coast of Maine.
We flew from Stockholm to Norwegian Fjord Country. Using Bergen as our home base, we've been exploring the breathtaking scenery that makes up Norway's western coast. Bergen is simultaneously quaint, off the beaten path, and touristy (although the tourist factor decreased significantly with the departure of a cruise ship). Bryggen, the old wharf along the waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage site and we spent time roaming through the alleys that surround these traditional wooden houses. We've wandered through the Torget Fish Market, dined on both local (fresh fish, elk, reindeer and wonderfully fresh berries) and international (Indian, Italian, and American) cuisines and thanks to Sidney, had a walking tour of all of Bergen's many fountains (there really are a lot). Our time has been spontaneous and lazy and everything a vacation should be.
|Fishing village at the end of the road- Hellesoy|
|The long and narrow fjord|
|Waterfall along the Osterfjorden|
Of course, we have spent our time in Norway in July. Our days have been long and filled with daylight with the temperatures fluctuating between warm enough for short sleeves and cool enough to need a sweater. We've had some light rain but mostly sun and a few clouds. The weather has been, by all accounts, ideal. I can only imagine how this same area looks during a long, dark Scandinavian winter. With minimal hours of daylight and even less sun, raw cold temperatures, and continuous snow, I know this is a very different place in the winter. I'm not sure I would like it as much as I do now (actually, I know I wouldn't) but I'm here now, so I'm going to enjoy it.
|Family time in Fjord Country|