I’ve wanted to travel to Norway for some time. After viewing several posts on Instagram of the many beautiful fjords and coastline of the country, I kept telling myself that I had to make the trip to see it with my own eyes, in real life... away from the tiny screen in the palm of my hand.
A few months ago, I made the trip a reality. I decided to travel through the country by train and boat and for the most part, I made it up as I went along. I only planned somewhere to stay in Oslo when I arrived and what time to hop on the train headed to Bergen in the morning. This was the last country on my three country tour of Denmark, Iceland and Norway.
After traveling through Iceland in a camper van, it was a nice change of pace to sit back and let the train take me on a ride. It was the first time I was able to look around and not worry where the destination would be, where I was going to sleep, or potentially veering off a narrow road. Once on the train, I planned to stop in Flam and take the historical Flam railway for a night and then continue my trip to Bergen.
When I arrived in Bergen, I headed to the tourist office to ask what do to in the city while I was there. After a list of ideas, I started walking all over the town and then decided to walk to the top of Floyen, which turned out to be a nice hike to get me warmed up for what was to come in a few days.
I spent one night in Bergen then hopped on a ferry to cruise to Stavanger.
Once I arrived in Stavanger, I decided to stay put for a few days. The highlight of Norway was going to be my hike up to the pulpit rock the following day. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I decided to do it. I just needed to plan the ferry ride and then the bus ride to the start of the hiking trail. Once I made the trip and the bus let us out, I starting walking.... then walking... and walking some more... I didn’t realize how long and challenging it would be. It is not something that you can’t do, but good hiking shoes and balance is key. It’s more of an uphill boulder shuffle than a hike. Once I arrived at the top of the rock and looked up from the ground, the views were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. When you see the view for the first time, you know exactly what the fuss is about. It’s absolutely breath taking. I wasn’t “brave” like many tourists on the rock... jumping up and down and doing hand stands on the edge. Instead, I sat down and observed. Even writing this right now, my hands start to sweat remembering the feeling on top of that rock. It was unreal. By far the highlight of the trip
After resting for a day, I was ready to move on and jumped on the train back to Oslo and then to the airport for the flight home. If you are considering touring this part of the world, I would highly recommend a trip to Norway. You will not be disappointed.