Norway: Land of the Vikings

So, to be completely honest, Norway was not ever on my list of places to see before I die. I am pretty open about that when I talk to my Norwegian friends (yes, I actually have a ton), and because I’m now a huge advocate for the lovely country, I think they forgive me.

In fact, it was so not on my list that I had no intention of ever going there.

I was dead wrong. Like way past dead wrong.

Norway is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The Fjords are gorgeous. I’ve never felt safer in a city than I did in Oslo. The people are beyond generous and kind. I really can’t find enough wonderful things to say about the place.

My husband and I were there on the first leg of a giant 10 day trip that took us to other amazing places (I’ll write about the other parts of the trip another time). We only got to spend 48 hours there, and I know it wasn’t nearly enough. I cannot wait to go back.

The first day we arrived early in the morning. We took the Flytoget train from the airport to Lysaker. It was super easy to navigate, and the conductor was amazingly helpful. From there we took a cab to our hotel.

I was there for a conference, and as such, I rushed up, took a shower (I’d been in the air for 14+ hours with layovers). Ran back down and got to spend some time with my dear friend Gry and her husband Henrik and a couple hundred people who came to find out how she does what she does.

After a good night’s sleep we hurried our buns onto the bus (we got bus passes ahead of time online) and took off for Oslo proper. We spent a large portion of the day seeing the city, visiting the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.

We also spent a ton of time just walking around Oslo (mostly no cars are allowed, so it’s super easy to walk everywhere). We had time to check out the National Opera House, Akershus Fortress and eat Kjøttkaker.

Actually, even with the limited amount of time we had, we saw so much of the city – I have no regrets. I’d love to get back and visit more of the countryside. It’s really a beautiful country – very, very much like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (which I cannot recommend more highly).

If you ever get the chance – go. Beyond worth it.


Kaffistova for Kjøttkaker
Viking Ship Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum

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