I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Norway was absolutely stunning. I’ve been fortunate enough to hike in some beautiful spots around the world (British Columbia, Nepal, New Zealand, Australia) and Norway surpassed/tied with the best of the best.
Despite spending the first few days of my trip with Sean, I spent the second part of my trip in solo-mode. Which translates to: I hardly spoke to anyone. ANYONE. Like, for the entire latter half of my trip. With the exception of servers or folks in stores, it was almost this silent adventure for me, which seems more weird typing it out now than it actually was.
Firstly, I’ll show you where I went in Norway, as Norway is a huge country, with so many areas to explore.
A to B on the map was the train I took with Sean, and then the western points (A, B, C, D, E) show the loop I drove. Click here to zoom in.
I flew from Stockholm into the western city of Bergen (E on the map), where I stayed for two nights. Unfortunately the weather rained poured while I was in Bergen, and there was a cycling race going on, so it was hard for me to actually become familiar with / see Bergen, but from what I did see, it’s a quaint little coastal town, where I would be very happy to live in another life.
(I really want to start an Instagram on City Drains, as some of them are so cute and decorated, and they all vary so much!)
After my first night in Bergen, I rented a car and headed south on a rainy drive to Odda, the town that launches hikers heading to Trolltunga.
The trip through the countryside was… quiet, pristine, and awesome.
It’s funny how during this stretch of the trip I didn’t really like any of the photos I took, but now looking through them, I do.
They really capture the wetness and greenness of the land. The Norway countryside reminded me of Muskoka, Ontario, but on steroids. It would be rolling hills, and then boom, a massive mountain stood in front of the road, with a tunnel that twisted and turned and shoved me out into a completely new type of spectacular landscape.
Eventually the road twisted me towards my destination, Odda, a picturesque Norwegian town known for its glacier as well as its proximity to the famous Norway hike, Trolltunga, which I planned to do the next day.
I checked into my hostel (look at the view from my room below!), and then walked into town to get the final snacks I needed for my big hike the next day.
I also popped into the only restaurant open to carb-up on a pasta meal before the hike. To my own horror the very-basic pasta meal came out to be CND$33(!!!!). I’ll do a separate post on the budget/money side of Norway, but yikes, it was quite a pricey place.
Luckily, it was also very beautiful. Exhibit A, Odda:
I then headed to sleep around 10pm to get a good night of sleep before I made the 50 minute drive to the base of the hike, and then onto a fourteen hour day of (very scenic!) walking.