One word, that would describe what I saw in Norway perfectly.
Here is another: AWESOME! In capital letters, to distinguish it from the overused expression by the positive yet likely to exaggerate younger Americans.
Last week, John and I flew to Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. A few years ago, we visited the capital city of Oslo, so this time, something a bit different. Variety, for me, is the spice of life.
Thumb ups for Mr Kirk, for the suggestion and thanks to KLM for taking us there. What an enchanting choice for a mini break in the middle of August. Now a week later, we are back home, but Norway and her scenery and soul have stayed with me.
Where shall I begin?
I’ll break my Norway story in two parts and today I’ll share with you some of the highlights of this trip.
Another enlightening choice by John this time was to stay in four different locations, to allow us to see Norway through more perspectives. One of the stops was Ulvik, some 100 miles East of Bergen. In that three hour drive, we feasted our eyes on countless mountains and fjords. Perhaps I should emphasise my eyes, as I was the one sitting on the passenger side and indulging my senses. After the first few ‘wows’ and ‘look at that’, I decided that I should just sit tight for the sake of driver concentration and enjoy the views. I did, however, request the driver to stop from time to time for photo shoots. Fortunately there were not too many cars on the road, and the driver was quite happy to oblige where possible.
On arriving at our hotel, we were given a little book of free activities. It started with archery, art classes through to bike riding and a nature walk. Being keen outdoor types who like to stay active, we jumped at the opportunity, first kayaking on the fjord right outside our hotel and bang in the middle of Ulvik.
The waters were so calm and soothing, as John and I paddled off in our little kayaks. Had I done more arm exercise before and my arms were not so tired, I would have carried on for much longer. I wanted to get back to it the next day.
It was not meant to be, as we booked a nature walk with a guide. Two guides actually. Remco hailed from Holland and his girlfriend Hana was from Czech Republic. With this fine young couple, we went for a hike into the farmlands, mountains with birch trees, mushrooms and edible vegetation. Remco was very knowledgeable about the land even though he was not a local. He picked wild greens and raspberries for us to try and told us the vital nutrition that these plants and fruits provided for us human beings. He even stopped at one scenic spot and offered us tea made from Christmas trees. Check out the pictures below.
During the two and half hour walk (I was a little on the slow side), we talked about a lot of things, culture, history, nature, and you know what, Brexit, naturally! It was such a lovely and memorable experience that I am dedicating this blog post to these two nature-loving extraordinary young people.
Thank you, Remco and Hana, for the wonderful walk, and for taking time to show us the land of Ulvik ( which means “Wool Cove” in Norwegian).
If any of my readers ever take a trip to Norway, be sure to visit this beautiful part of the country. I am sure some of the B-Nature members will make you feel very welcome and show you how to enjoy nature and stay active.
Before I end today’s blog, I’ll share with you an advert I saw when entering Norway through Bergen Airport.
Norway, Powered by Nature! I can’t agree more!
Do come back next week for more stunning pictures and stories of this fascinating country.