I’m here to tell you why Norway should be on your travel bucket list. Located in Northern Europe, on the Norwegian and North Sea, rich in Viking history. Containing mountains, fjords, forests, large historical cities and quaint fishing villages: It’s an adventure waiting to happen.
Norway is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or rather site(s), in the grand fjord’s that line it’s western coast.
The Disney movie franchise, Frozen, was based from this region of the world. Trolls? Check. Fjords? Check. Snow and mountains? Check.
Norway’s capital, Oslo, is where you’ll find some of the best coffee and espresso in the world. Don’t believe me? Check out Tim Windelboe. A World Champion barista who roasts his own coffee and believes in educating coffee consumers to turn them into coffee connoisseurs.
The seafood is fresh. In Bergen, Norway, you’ll find a fish market on the pier selling everything from dried cod to live king crab. If you’re hungry, most vendors will cook up a meal with your choice of seafood from their booth!
The people are friendly, and most speak very good English. We never encountered problems with the language barrier. Before our trip I was a bit nervous as I knew absolutely no Norwegian. I was grateful to the people we encountered who were able to help us- in English!
There is something for everyone! Do you have kids? So do we, and our kiddo’s had a great time! Like adventure? Kayaking? Hiking? Cruises? Shopping?
The Fjord cruises were a hit for all of us- one of our boats even had a children’s playroom where the girls could burn off steam while the adults sat by the window, gazing at the scenery.
Our girls loved to find the “Trolls” located in each town we visited. There’s a long history in Nordic mythology concerning trolls, and you’ll see evidence of it almost everywhere you go. There were plenty of kayakers out and about, and the mountainsides were basically begging to be explored.
Oslo, Norway, is a shopping-lovers dream: Name-brand stores (both international and regional), cute cafe’s and ice cream shops, historical squares, grassy parks, and comfortable hotels so you don’t have to travel too far!
Norway is easy to get around. No need to worry about driving on the “other” side of the road (for all my US readers) if you decide to road-trip, and the highways and roads seemed easy to navigate. Otherwise, the train system will take you almost anywhere (there’s a station connected to the airport even), and buses can take you beyond that!
We spent quite a bit of time on many modes of transportation, due to our demanding itinerary and one missed train in the beginning. Next time we want to rent an RV and go road-tripping throughout the smaller villages located on the Fjords and get a more in-depth taste of the culture. (If anyone has done this, I’d love to hear your stories!)
Fun fact: Lillehamer, Norway, was host to the winter olympics in 1994!
If you have children, don’t be afraid to travel. Ever. If we can take three children ages 3 and under, without car seats or strollers, then you can too. Don’t let fear of unfamiliar places and/or customs prevent you from taking the plunge to adventures overseas or to a new destination! It’s never as bad as you think it might be, as my husband often (rightly) reminds me!