Exploring Norway: Part 1

2017 has truly been my best year yet! The many adventures I logged would have meant little had I not enjoyed them alongside my partner and best friend. Tim and I check more achievements off our list in our first year together than I probably have in the last few years. The biggest of which was getting his passport stamped for the first time!

Over the Summer, Tim's cousin Bella was accepted for a Study Abroad program in Oslo, Norway, through an exchange her University offers. I knew we'd have to find a way to visit as soon as she announced she'd be leaving for the Fall Semester. I was eager to return to Sweden and revisit family friends. Several who I hadn't seen in 4 years since my trip after graduating college, as well as explore a new part of Scandinavia, and introduce Tim to the wonder-filled beauty that I've long held dear to my heart.

Although our trip was back at the end of September, right before the Nordic light was lost to the short hours of Autumn, I've been waiting for an opportunity to share some of my favorite moments of our travels. I've broken the pictures up with the timeline of our adventure, which lasted 11 days and stretch between 4 towns/cities.

Since it took me until the last day of the year to recap our trip, and there are tooooo manyyyy photos, I'm going to break this into two posts with the remaining details featured on January 2nd. For now, here's a sweet summary of our time in Oslo,  Ålesund and Geiranger. Enjoy!

Olso

Vigelandsparken

Easily the most famous place in Modern Oslo, we visted Vigeland Park on our first day in the city. Lucky for us it was a short walk from our apartment in Majorstuen (Oslo is generally very walkable and accessible by Metro and train when needed). Declared the World's Largest Sculpture Park by one single artist, this park's impressive collection is filled with more than 200 pieces by Gustav Vigeland's lifework. I would have enjoyed exploring the on-site Museum that features models of the Park and other works by Vigeland, but continually revolves exhibits featuring Sculptural and Experiential Video Art installations.

 Three Fates Wrought Iron Gate

Three Fates Wrought Iron Gate

 The Fountain

The Fountain

 The Monolith

The Monolith

 No. 27: Man chasing four geniuses, before June 1930. Bronze.

No. 27: Man chasing four geniuses, before June 1930. Bronze.

National Gallery

The majority of the works in the collection dated from Antiquity until 1945 are viewable here at the National Gallery site. Its well worth the browse! Unfortunately I didn't take note of the title and artist of all the works I captured. Here are few of my favorites.

Ålesund in route to Geiranger

The geographically closest, large town with an airport in relation to Geiranger, Ålesund holds many of its own gems. I so wish we'd had more time in each town we went to. It was evident there was history crammed into every cobblestone and hill of this town, but it offered a reprieve from the more touristy destinations, like Bergen and Trondheim, due to its less frequent flight routes. Although it is often on the routes for Cruise tours, we enjoyed the charm of the Old Town on the island Aspøya, where we stayed. The Ålesund kirke, or Church, resides on a cobblestone road that runs through the residential part of the island, and was the path between our Air BnB and the main town.

Walking this street to and from our Apartment was incredibly distracting. Tim was a patient companion for the most part, and would pause so i could oogle all the precious details in the architecture and masonry.

Geiranger

Geirangerfjord is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of only two fjords in Norway with this designations, it was an easy choice when deciding on where in Norway to spend our time. Lined with waterfalls, towering mountain peaks and abandoned remote farms, the narrow water way is up to 600 feet deep. It's one of the most majestic places I've been fortunate to visit and is worth the small trek by bus, car and boat from Ålesund

Part 2 featuring our time in Trømso and Sweden to follow!