A Little Bit of Norway

I’ve just come back last week from a holiday to some countries. My most favorite is Norway, so I’m going to write about Norway right now. It is one of the Scandinavian countries that really sell its natural view for tourists (and travelers) around the world. During that journey, I was mesmerized by the endless stunning view of lakes, hills, waterfalls, and their famous Fjord.

The journey started from Hamar, a small town located on the shore of Mjosa Lake, the largest lake in Norway. I stayed for one night there. Luckily my hotel was located right in front of that lake. So, yes, I was literally woke up to that panoramic view.

The view of Mjosa Lake from the hotel I stayed

The view of Mjosa Lake from the hotel I stayed

On the second day in Norway, we were driving from Flam – where we took a Fjord cruise – to Vossestrand. This was the highlight of this trip. However, I think it would be much better if I came here in winter looking at all the snows running down the hills. But there are hardly any tours available during winters since the lake is frozen. 🙂 The cruise started from Flam and ended in Gudvangen. It took about 2 hours.

The Fjords

The Fjords

We spent the night in Vossestrand. This town is pretty famous for the ski-enthusiast, as there’s a ski resort there. And, in addition, this year’s winter olympics will be held in Vossestrand. For me, this town is just so-so. A very quiet town. Well, most of the towns in Norway that I visited was quiet but Vossestrand was much quieter.

After Vossestrand, the journey was continued to Bergen. We spent a whole 8 hours on the bus. It must be a really boring journey, you might think. No! Because during this road-trip I could see that endless stunning view of lakes, hills, and waterfalls.

From Vossestrand to Bergen

From Vossestrand to Bergen

A friend of mine has ever been to Bergen and he talked that Bergen is a very nice town. Yeah, Bergen is nice indeed. Being the second largest town in Norway, I could see that this town is crowded. When I say crowded, don’t try to imagine this town as crowded as Jakarta. :p In terms of density, most of the European cities are nothing when you compare them with Jakarta.

In Bergen, we took a Funicular train (Floybanen) to reach the top of the town, which called Floy.

The panoramic view of Bergen, taken from Floy

The panoramic view of Bergen, taken from Floy

From Bergen, my journey in Norway ended in Oslo the capital city. Oslo is just like any other capital city in Europe, with all of those sky scrappers. The most interesting part of Oslo for me, maybe the “Oslo City Hall”. If you know about the Nobel Prize, they held the awarding ceremony for the Nobel Peace winner in this hall.

Oslo City Hall

Oslo City Hall

Just for your information, Norway is one of the richest countries in the world with the monthly average income of 3500 Euros. One of the highest in the world. The tax amount is said to be the highest in the world, as well. Around 35% from the income.  And another fact, the total population of Norway is just 6 million people.  No wonder I rarely saw people there.

I won’t mind coming back to this country someday.

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