Eidfjord: Unexpectedly Spectacular

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Our original plan to hike Kjerag and Pulpit Rock in the same day was thwarted by an unexpected road closure due to a roller-skating derby…

Random. I know.

So, we decided to just scrap Kjerag all together (my ankle probably couldn’t hack in anyways) which left us with a deliciously Continue reading Eidfjord: Unexpectedly Spectacular

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Exploring Bergen

30 & 31 July 2018

In honour of Dave’s birthday we packed up our little tent and checked into our hotel in Bergen – What luxury!

Accommodation

We spent 2 nights at Scandic Ørnen which is a comfortable and clean budget hotel with a great location. It included a tasty buffet breakfast and decent wifi, and there was a large car park just next door which the hotel offered discount rates on. Overall, it was fine for our needs and felt luxurious after camping, but it was no Ritz.

Exploring

I really liked Bergen and felt Continue reading Exploring Bergen

Driving Norway: Aurlandsjellet National Tourist Route

Norway has 18 National Tourist Routes which they’ve deemed the best and most scenic drives the country has to offer. We had the pleasure of driving 3 of them on our trip – Aurlandsjellet, Hardranger (with a sample of Hardrangervidda) and Ryfylke. Click here for a great resource for all 18 routes.

Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route Norway Roadtrip

Monday, 30 July 2018

Of all the driving we did, the spectacular 47 km from Lærdals to Aurland along the Aurlandsfjellet was definitely the winner. We drove this route in its entirety and every moment of it was stunning.screenshot_2018-08-16-12-16-58.png

We started the day by driving through the Lærdal Tunnel (which is the longest Continue reading Driving Norway: Aurlandsjellet National Tourist Route

Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Today, I got to dip my toes (and my paddle) into the stunning Nærøyfjord.

After we descended Trolltunga we got back in Brianne and drove to Flam where we set up camp at Flam Camping. We had 2 nights planned here, largely so we could spend one glorious day paddling out on the Nærøyfjord with Nordic Ventures.

Flam Camping, Norway, Nærøyfjord
Chateau Hartlatt snuggled up to Brianne, our trusty steed

Flam itself is nothing special. The popular cruise port Continue reading Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

Wild Camping Trolltunga

My Trolltunga story is one of incredible beauty, endurance and perseverance. The hike itself, combined with the immense heat of the day pushed me to my very limit. I struggled with heat exhaustion as well as a boot malfunction that gave me intolerable pain in my left ankle. Despite all of this, it was an immensely rewarding experience and one which I highly recommend.

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Friday, 27th July 2018 Continue reading Wild Camping Trolltunga

Stavanger: The Start of an Adventure

Thursday, 26th July 2018

Our Norwegian holiday started bright and early (or I should really say dark and early) at 2 am with an Uber to The Hard Bus Terminal where we were due to catch the National Express Bus to Gatwick. This was the only way – our flight left at 6:45 am! Continue reading Stavanger: The Start of an Adventure

Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path

After spending most of June apart, Dave and I decided to take a mini stay-cation to the Isle of Wight. As it was only a 15 minute hovercraft ride across the sea it seemed like a great choice (plus it was supposed to have some of the area’s best hiking and I was pretty eager to try out my new hiking boots).

I’ll back up a minute.

Yes, I said hovercraft. Portsmouth is the only place in the world that has a public hovercraft that essentially flies its passengers from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I wont pretend it wasn’t cool. It was a pretty neat way to start our little mini-break.  Continue reading Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path