Norway - Geiranger Fjord

Probably one of the most astonishing & beautiful parts of Norway that i ever had the pleasure to have visited. Its unique & majestic snow covered mountains are UNESCO-protected & the mountain peaks & wild waterfalls with lush, green vegetation capture your heart and leave you in ore & astonishment.

This is a destination not to be missed & i highly recommend any backpacker/tourist or holiday maker to put this on their places to visit before you die list.

I give Geiranger 5* on my top places to visit, and even though prices in Norway can be a little steep for someone looking for a budget trip, it just has to be visited if possible. Prices for a meal in a restaurant are ranging between 30-40 euro per person which for most people is very expensive compared to most European countries. But even considering the high expense it is definitely worth trying your best to dig deep into your pockets for this trip of a lifetime. Its a must!

Things to do in Geiranger :

  • King Crab RIB speed boat fishing.  This is a. trip which is not to be missed. A  RIB speed boat (rigid-inflatable boat)  takes you out through the Fjords at high speed to a location where you will fish for Large king Crabs which you even get to eat your catch at the end of the day! Definitely recommended.

  • Visit the Seven Sisters Waterfalls by boat. Probably one of the highlights in Geiranger as you can see seven perfectly formed water falls right beside each other looking like something out of Avatar on a beautiful summers day! Always a winner!

  • Geiranger Glacier. For this you will need to take a bus up through the mountains to get to the glacier as it takes roughly about 1 hour 30 mins to get there. But if your in the area and have never seen a glacier then make sure its on your list of things to do. You wont regret it!

There are many other things to do in & around the area, including water sports, hiking tours, biking tours & camping. or you can relax or take a walk up the very steep hill to the view point to capture some amazing views just like in the picture above.

Geiranger is a peaceful and breathtaking place which will leave you astonished and ready to plan your next trip back to Norway!

The Seven Sisters

Bergen

Colourful Bergen is a large city, but with a small-town charm and atmosphere. It is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway’s biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.

Bergen is a very unique place and has a wonderfully pleasant and friendly feel to it which will leave you with an appetite for more. Speaking of appetite do not forget to try the fresh fish market down by the harbour which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen. Here you can taste the delights of what they have to offer directly from the fishing boats which is cooked fresh right in front of you. You can try a mouth watering range of sea foods from King crab, Octopus to even whale! But i do not recommend you try the whale as it is has a very tough rubbery texture and not for the picky eaters. 

You can take a stroll through the vibrant city with its marvellous building designs and beautifully situated pond lakes or take a stroll up to the top of Mount Floyen (below) and get an outstanding view of Bergen from the viewpoint. 

I was extremely delighted to visit this amazing little pearl of  a city in Norway. I hope to visit again someday.

Norwegian Architecture
Take a stroll through the wonderful streets of Bergen to see the wonderful building designs.
City centre Gazebo
The Harbour
Bergens famous harbour where the fish markets lie.
The backstreets.

Alesund

Ålesund is a port town on the west coast of Norway, at the entrance to the Geiranger fjord. It is a picture perfect town which will grab you the minute you arrive and if the natural beauty doesn’t the outstanding architecture will definitely blow you away. Just walking through the streets of this town on a beautiful summers day is like stepping into paradise for a day. Enjoy what the town has to offer and its tasty cuisines but do not forget to take a trip up to the viewpoint where you can see the amazing picture perfect view of this spectacular little place. It is a bit of a hike up there so be prepared to burn a few calories but there are hand rails to hold onto as you ascend.

If your an exercise freak like me i would definitely suggest renting a bike and taking a trip along the roads and up through the hills. If you take the west road you will have a beautiful little ride up to the top of the hills and through a small village which eventually takes you to a dead end. But not without seeing some amazing views along the away  which are totally worth the ride. The bike ride shouldnt take you more than 30 mins in total. If you take the east road you will find that you need to ride on the main road which is usually heavy with traffic for maybe 15 or 20 minutes. But once you get off the high way and take a right south you will go through some absolutely wonderful communities of parks, schools, ponds and villages to get a real feel for how Norwegians really live. For me it was definitely worth the ride out but it really depends on your fitness levels and if you don’t mind riding along a busy road to get there. The total journey is around 90 mins in total without stopping. All in all Alesund was a place i dream of visiting again one day. I feel privileged to have had the chance to see this amazing town. Put this on your list of places to see in Norway! A must!!

Honningsvag & the North Cape

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The port is situated right in the heart of the town which holds a Population:of around 3,219. Honningsvag is the largest of the ports in the North of Norway and called the gateway to the Northern Cape. There isnt much to do around the town itself as it is very small, but there is small Ice bar situated right next to the port where you can grab a beer and chill (literally) with some friends or family in a bar entirely made from ice. Do note that there is an entry fee of around 135Nok (15 euro) but for those who have never seen an ice bar its worth the visit for a few cool pictures. After taking a look around the port if you would like to get a good view and you dont mind getting a little sweaty i suggest taking a hike to the top of the hill which you see directly in front of you from the port. There is a very thin dirt path which leads up to it from behind the town which may take you around 30 to 40 mins to get to the top but be aware its quite steep and not for the faint hearted. Fitness and good health is a must here. Do not miss the Sunsets late at night around midnight as the sun doesnt fully set in summer so you can marvel at a sunset like in the above picture. Heavenly!

For those not into Hiking up steep slopes you can just take the bus directly up to the North Cape which takes about 30 minutes in total. The north cape is probably the reason you are in Honningsvag anyway and the foremost highlight of the trip. I suggest you choose the right time to go though to get the best view possible as weather is unpredictable and I was not so lucky to catch good weather and found myself caught up in a bit of bad weather and fog storm on arrival as you can see in the pictures below. But i still enjoyed the trip and was not disappointed at all as each moment and picture reminds you of a very special and unique moment in your life. If your lucky enough to catch an amazing sunset then sit back, relax and enjoy this masterpiece of a view with family or a loved one and make yourself a memory to never forget. There is also an indoor museum which shows all the history about the North Cape including a restaurant cafe and public toilets. Honningsvag & the North Cape are special and unique places which will always remain in my heart. I made some beautiful memories here and thoroughly enjoyed being there. A tranquil and peaceful location for families and couples.

North Cape
The highest northern point in Norway
The top of Honningsvag Hill
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