In June 2012, I set out on to explore Scandinavia: 5 countries, 8 cities, and a countless numbers of boat rides and road trips. I ate strange foods, hiked mountains and glaciers, and met up with friends old and new. You can read more of my trip through the Nordic here.
There is a great Norway trip – Norway in a Nutshell – that is handy for visitors travelling between Oslo and Bergen. The trip combines Norway’s scenic countryside with its largest fjords to provide visitors an authentic Norwegian experience. Recently, I found myself among those travellers and decided to join the Nutshell trip. My friends L and G, who live in Oslo did part of the trip with me, road tripping through 4 hours of scenic Norwegian inlands.
They say that you have not seen the real Norway until you have been to the fjords. The Norway Sognefjord, the second largest fjord in the world, is a beautiful sight. I spent two nights there, sleeping in little towns along the way. In these towns, I felt the warm hospitality of local Norwegians. After hearing that my friends and I have never had Smalahove, a traditional western Norwegian dish made from sheep’s head, the lady working at our hotel actually made two sheep heads for us to try. Eating half a sheep’s head myself, and washing it down with Norwegian beer and traditional spirits, is a meal I will never forget.
I hope to go back to the fjords sometime. On my next visit, I will spend a few more days there so I can hike up some of the mountains that tempted me during my stay and spend more time getting to know the locals. I might even request some Smalahove again.
The look out point in Aurland
Train from Flam > Myrdal > Bergen