Best of Norway. Family summer holiday in Norway – short trip report and 3 x EPS meetups.
For 30 years I have been chasing visiting as many countries as possible. At the same time the perhaps most beautiful of them all turns out to be Denmark’s almost next-door neighbor Norway…
Fortunately, Norway was one of the (few) countries Danes were allowed to travel to this summer, so I took my family there. Since we were not allowed to go through Sweden, we took the ferry instead. On the ferry we were able to bring our own car.
Along the way on our three weeks holiday we drove 4700 kilometer and saw some of the most spectacular landscapes.
Enclosed is my 80 best images plus our tour route and overview of total spending.
Images includes: Lofoten sunsets and midnight sun, Ryten trekking over Klaksvika beach, city sunsets in Bergen and Stavanger & classic trekking at Geiranger and Preikestolen.
Along the way we were also lucky enough to visit three cool Norwegian travellers (and Every Passport Stamp members) and a mountaineer:
- Gunnar Garfors in his summer cabin; 250 km north of the arctic circle, accessible only by private boat, no electricity, we camped on the shore and Gunnar kindly invited us to BBQ on the rocks and ‘Naustfest’ (Boat house party).
- Hans Petter Stølsvik (who has helped me a lot with visa information for Scandinavians) in ‘Den Gode Nabo’ – a pub in Trondheim in a very old wooden house on stilts.
- Jørn Bjørn Augestad – who let us stay in his super nice Airbnb apartment in central Stavanger and invited us for two great BBQ-nights.
- Jakob Urth – Danish mountaineer in his Stavanger apartment (Jakob has climbed 4 different 8000+ mountains – three of them without supplemental oxygen).
Thanks again to EPS for helping me getting to know such cool people – and thanks of course to Gunnar, Hans Petter, Jørn Bjørn and Jakob for the great hospitality.
Our accommodation was mainly in cabins on camp sites – plus: wild camping, Airbnb and a budget hotel. For 2 adults and 2 children we spent on average 85 USD pr night. For more prices see last pic in album.
Please note the following if you consider self-driving in Norway: Roads are narrow, most roads are single lane, our average speed in Norway was less than 70 km pr hour, ferries are part of many roads (no need to book most of these), tunnels are long and dark, almost everyone drives carefully, road and ferry tolls are automatically sent to you after your visit if you self-drive (based on scanning of your number plate). Traffic fines and beers in pubs are among the most expensive in the world.