Lysefjord Hiking – Lysebotn, Norway

For the second half of our journey in the fjords of Norway, we spent our time in Lysebotn.  A small town that sits at the mouth of the Lysefjord, Lysebotn is surrounded by 3,000+ foot cliffs.  In some parts of the fjord, the water is as deep as the mountains are high.  That is crazy.  I’m guessing it may be a little too cold to swim?  Of course, with its mountains comes some spectacular hiking.  Two of the three most famous hikes in Norway – Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) – are situated in the areas surrounding Lysefjord.  (The third popular route, Trolltunga, is near Odda, Norway, which we already completed.) We dared to climb the Kjerag Mountain and stand on the Kjeragbolten, a boulder that is wedged between two cliffs.  Unfortunately for us, there wasn’t a good route to get from Lysebotn to hike Pulpit Rock (it would have taken us over 3 hours of driving each way), so we’ll have to settle for two out of the “big three.”  … [Read More]

Hardangerfjord Hiking – Odda, Norway

Closeup

Near the Hardangerfjord area, on the western coast of Norway, there are some drop-dead gorgeous, awe-inspiring, can-we-stay-here-for-ever views.  People come from all around the world to see the fjords and partake in many of the outdoor activities that the region offers: hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and even base-jumping.  For the first part of our fjord experience, we decided to stay in the small town of Odda, which sits at the mouth of one of the fingers of the Hardangerfjord.  Odda serves as a great base if you want to hike one of the most famous routes in all of Norway, the 22 km (some say it’s more like 25 km) route to Trolltunga.  You can also make your way up to the Buer glacier from Odda.  Because visiting the fjords of Norway is a once in a lifetime opportunity (according to us), we decided it was necessary to do both treks…. [Read More]

Oslo, Norway – The Other “Emerald City”

Oslo Opera House at sunset

For our entire trip in Oslo, Bobby kept comparing the city to his beloved Seattle. There are a lot of similarities: the cities both sit on water in an area carved by glaciers, they have large shipping/fishing industries, similar craftsmen’esque homes, and strong art/architecture scenes.  We are partial to Seattle, but Oslo gave us an unexpected sense of home despite the huge distance separating the two.  We stayed with a lovely woman who gave us great info for all the best things to see in her city: the Oslo Opera House (of course!), the islands in the surrounding area, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Akershus Fortress, and several interesting museums.  We tried our best and saw the majority of the list in just two days!  Of course, we could have stayed much longer…. [Read More]