Norway

Norway. Restorer of my soul. This country is possibly my favourite ever. Bergen is the most chilled city ever and I could have moved there instantly given the chance. Its gorgeous wooden clad houses and the islands off the coast, as well as being so close to fjords and mountains, it was my dream holiday. Everything you (I) could possibly want in an adventure.

We did the Norway in a Nutshell day trip which took us along the Flåm Railway, through the steepest road in Europe and on the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord. It was stunning and I definitely recommend it if you’re on a tight schedule but want to experience as much of Norway as you can.

Island hopping was amazing, I packed my backpack with food and my camera and got on a bus to do some exploring, carefully keeping track of the bus times to make sure I wouldn’t be stranded out in the middle of nowhere by myself. FYI, there are basically no shops/cafés anywhere apart from the main villages so I had to ask a lady to use a toilet by pointing and gesturing at one she was cleaning in some fishing retreat place I wandered into, so plan for that! They are called the Øygarden Islands and they were stupidly stunning. So exposed and rugged. I may have got bitten by a tick but that’s what you get for going off track, alone, in wet grassland…!

I cannot say enough good things about this country. I don’t often yearn to go back somewhere but Bergen would definitely be one. Please go if you’ve thought about it, if you regret it, you can blame me but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

These photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and an 85mm and 40mm pancake lens. I took the 40mm lens back after the trip as I didn’t use it as much as I’d like but it still did a grand job!

LB

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