Sorry for the late post; I’m still in post-jet-lag-zombie phase. In honor of my ability to barely construct a coherent sentence, I’m going to give you what you probably really want anyway…PICTURES! Is Scandinavia the most beautiful place on Earth? Quite possibly, folks. Quite possibly.
The fall colors in Sweden were gorgeous! This is Djurgården island in Stockholm.
The Nordisk Museum–fascinating displays inside about Swedish cultural history, in an extravagantly decorated building.
Of course in Oslo, we went to visit these. Very imposing! This is a longship pleasure craft from the 9th century (possibly built earlier). Two women were buried in it in 834AD.
In Norway, we spent most of our time driving. TheScott took this picture of me overlooking a fjord. So glorious out there!
I think driving is a fabulous way to see Norway! I spent an insane amount of time hanging out the car window snapping things as we passed. My record was hanging out the window in -7C temps!
There are waterfalls EVERYWHERE. Most of them are small, like this one, but occasionally we’d see a serious cascade just, you know, by the side of the road!
Sunsets and sunrises were truly magnificent.
The view from a gas station we stopped at. Um yeah. A gas station. A shocking number of them had views we took pictures of. Then again, we took over 5000 photos, so…
Most of the water was perfectly still. When we found this bout of rapids we had to stop and take pictures!
We had all kinds of crazy one day-including the only time I had to try holding a conversation in Norwegian when the hotel we thought we’d stay in was closed for the season and we had to drive over mountains to get to a new one. However, this also happened!
Over and over again we kept saying…”This is someone’s backyard.”
If you go to Norway, do yourself a serious favor and travel by car.
I admit we were somewhat underwhelmed by the Atlantic Highway (atlanterhavsvegen). We joked that because it looks nothing like the rest of fjord and mountain Norway, the locals probably thought it was more amazing than we did! But the coast did have its interesting points, too.
Snow! (Not much…yet. But I still got excited!)
And I’ll close with those for now! More next week? Including our hunt for the Northern Lights! What’s the coolest trip you’ve ever taken?