My new year’s resolution this year is to discover at least one new city every month. So far, it seems to be working out since I have already got my destinations for January and February figured out.
Destination: Norway (Oslo, Voss, Bergen and Tromsø)
Having grown up in the Middle East, my fascination with snow-clad mountains is unreal and so you can imagine my excitement when I was planning my trip to this beautiful country in January. In fact, the week we were scheduled to travel, forecasted temperatures were at record-low levels! But with many, many layers of clothing and several cups of coffee, I was able to survive the cold.
Day 1 – Oslo
After a two-hour plane ride from London to Oslo, the plane descended onto one of the most scenic runways I had ever been to. Layers of ice meeting the grey skies above was a sight to see.
After we checked-in to our rooms, we set out to explore the capital. The city central is just like any other major city in Europe – with trams being the popular choice of transportation.
Day 2 – Voss
A.K.A the second-best and most memorable day of the trip! We took the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Oslo to Voss which was a series of train journeys totalling up to 6 hours, followed by a 2-hour boat ride. Although 8 hours appears to be quite a long time for a journey, trust me when I say this: you will be so mesmerised by the view, you’ll wish you had more time (if you’re a fan of the snow, of course!). It’s picturesque and a stunning sight for the sore eyes.
At some of the stations, you even get to get off at the station and get a few pictures taken. Luckily for us, it was even snowing in parts and every quote you’ve probably read about experiencing snowfall is true. It’s absolutely surreal.
The highlight of this day was the boat ride: The journey amongst the Fjords, which was breath-takingly beautiful. Blue waters, blue skies and snow-clad mountains. I don’t think words can do justice to this, so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.
Voss in itself is also beautiful, and below is the view from the accommodation.
Day 3 & 4 – Bergen
This city had the warmest temperatures from all the other ones on the trip, so it was a refreshing break. The visit to Mount Fløyen was quite pleasant because of a little sunshine that graced our day.
Bergen was all about good food and good drinks and to prep for the coldest days of my life.
Day 5 & 6 – Tromsø
NORTHERN LIGHTS! That’s all I’ve got to say.
Oh and a campfire in the middle of the night where recorded temperatures were -13 degrees, but that in fact, felt like -20 degrees. And I will not dispute that because it was bloody cold.
But definitely a memorable experience, and thank you for the memories Norway. You truly have my heart.