Hi everybody, nice to see you back on the blog! A few days ago, I came back from our two weeks road trip in Norway. That trip was so impressive, I was obliged to share it with you! So I am back to write a complete article about it.
It all started from my house, in Brussels. During these two weeks, we covered 4500 km to end in the very North of the country. We also took an airplane to the Svalbard islands which are part of the North Pole!
Brussels – Hjørring
Hjørring – Stavanger
Stavanger – Odda
Odda – Norddal
Norddal – Trondheim
Trondheim – Bodo
Bodo – Svolvaer
Svolvaer – Bleik
Bleik – Mefjiordvaer
Mefjiordvaer – Tromsø
Tromsø – Longyearbyen
In Denmark, in Hjørring, the Phoenix Hotel. Well, nothing special to say. It was nice.
In Norway, in Stavanger, the Thon Stavanger Hotel. They have an amazing breakfast, one of the biggest I saw in my life! The decoration was pretty, our night there was nice.
In Odda, the Trollunga Hotel. Actually we didn’t planed to sleep there at first. But we had complications on the road so we called the hotel at 1:00 am to book the rooms. I am happy we ended there cause my room was very pretty. That Scandinavian style they had was really cool, charming and cocooning.
In Norddal, the Petrines Gjestgiveri. The decoration in the rooms was in the spirit of wood, and I really loved that.
In Trondheim, the Scandic Hotel. Classic, but an amazing breakfast too!
In Bodo, the Radisson Blu Hotel. Spacious and luxurious room, perfect to have a good night of sleep.
In the Lofoten islands, in Svolvaer, the Scandic Hotel. We arrived early in the afternoon so we had time to visit a little bit the town. This hotel was also really cool!
In Bleik, the Midnattsol rom og hytter. Lost in the nature, there weren’t many options. So we stoped in a little apartment, where the rooms were private but the bathroom and the living room were common. It was different but as good as our other stops.
In Mefjiordvaer, Mefjord Brygge Hotel. We rent a charming little house there. An other good point of the town are the activities. My brothers went fishing for 3 hours with a guide and they really appreciated it. And I went to a little beach near the house with my sister. That place is seriously lost but you can actually do a lot of things.
Back in “Norway”, in Tromsø, The Clarion Edge Hotel. Very nice too (again haha). They have a nice rooftop on the eleventh floor and, by the way there is a very great Italian restaurant near the Hotel that is called Pastafabrikken.
And the last Hotel, in the North Pole this time. In Longyearbyen, the coal miner’s cabins. I didn’t expected that but the “hotel” well the cabins were very charming. The reception had a cozy living room which was perfect to eat something or rest a little bit. One good thing is that you can sign up for lots of activities directly in the reception. We did some of them to discover the “city” and we really enjoyed it!
We covered these 4500 km with an electric car. We had to stop time to time to charge but Norway has lot of chargers. Well, sometimes we deviated a little bit to join them but anyways. So if you have an electric car, it is absolutely possible to arrive to the very North of the country!
The ferries. In Norway, particularly in the south where the Fjords are, you take the ferries as you would take the bus. There are thousands of them that allows to cross in only 10 min. Luckily because of the lakes, the rivers, the fjords, the lakes,…
The plane. On the eleventh day, we left the car in Tromsø and took an airplane. In less than 2 hours, we arrived in the Svalbard islands, more specifically in Longyearbyen.
WHAT TO SEE ? WHAT TO DO ?
That sounds obvious but I strongly recommend you to visit the Fjords. I promise, there is no picture that completely shows the beauty of the nature. There are mostly located in the South and there are millions of them. I don’t really know how to explain it better but the views are wonderful!
The Tourist Routes. We planned the whole trip according to them. They are recommended for the views, and also for the different observation points, that mix nature and architecture. Here are some of them I saw.
• Hjorring – Stavanger | Jaeren
• Stavanger – Odda | Ryfylke
• Odda – Norddal | Hardanger, Hardangervidda, Aurlandsfjellet, Gamle Strynefjellsvegen, Geiranger – Trollstigen
• Norddal – Trondheim | Atlanterhavsvegen
• Bodo – Svolvaer | Lofoten
• Svolvaer – Bleik | Andoya
• Bleik – Mefjiorvaer | Senja
The Pulpit rock. That rock is very famous, I’am sure you already saw pictures. There are 3,8 km to track to arrive at the top. It seems easy at first but, it’s very tiring! We last 2 hours to get to the top but it started raining so hard we thought we’ll never reach the end! And plus, when we finally arrived, there were so many clouds we couldn’t see anything… But even if my experience was quite chaotic I was happy I didn’t gave up. The view was amazing.
Stop at the Polar circle center. As we arrived at 66(degrés)33’N, we saw the center on the right so we stopped. They have a little shop and, a sculpture with the coordinates of the polar circle. (Which is perfect to take pictures!)
On Lofoten Islands.
Go swimming in the Artic Ocean. It’s really hard, I agree, but you’ll maybe never get the chance to do it again.
Go on a whale safari. I was very impatient about that activity and it probably was the best. We did it in Andenes, near Bleik. Every 80min they have to come back to breathe. So according to that, the boat stays between 2h and 4h. We saw 2 from very close and 3-4 a little further away.
Website of the activity just here.
Enjoy the 24 hours a day sun. We arrived in one of the parts of the world where the sun never sets during summer. It was very weird at the beginning but then we didn’t even noticed it anymore. From Trondheim to Longyearbyen, we didn’t saw the night for 10 days!
Have a bath in the outside Jacuzzis of the Stave Camping. It was very fun to enjoy hot water with 15° C outside. During an hour and an half we could enjoy the view, that was just amazing!
At the Svalbard islands.
Visit Longyearbyen. It’s the most important city of the Islands (actually it’s not even a city, but anyways… haha). It is very destabilizing, everything is so different. It looks a bit like an after-war city ; there are no real roads, there is a lot of dust, mines,.. But the most scaring is that you can’t leave the town without a guide with a gun, because there are POLAR BEARS!!! I didn’t get the chance to see any but if they try to attacted humans, it’s better not be there… (oupsss)
Visit Pyramiden. This was one of the activities we booked at the reception of the hotel. It’s a ghost town that was dropped in 1989 by the Russians. Since then you can visit that place but it’s a bit scaring, it looks exactly like The Walking Dead.
It’s finally the end. I’m sorry but there were so many things to say! I didn’t talked about the return because I came back by plane so there was nothing interesting to say. I hope you liked it and it helped you if you were planning a trip to Norway.
See you soon in a next article,