Visiting Norway earlier this year as part of our six week trip through Europe was one of the most beautiful stops of our journey. Rebecca and I flew to Oslo and met up with our friend Atle Ronningen, who showed us around the city before treating us to a wonderful dinner in one of the most delicious tapas places in town (thank you again, Atle!).
We had planned to travel from Oslo to Bergen by train the next day, which didn’t leave much time. Looking back, it would have been good to allow at least 2-3 more days to explore the city. Oslo struck me as very modern and yet very charming and I’m already excited to visit again with a little more time.
The train ride to Bergen was a dream. Rebecca and I both hadn’t been on a train since our early teens and were seriously excited about the experience. The whole day felt like traveling through a train table and we had our noses pressed against the window for most of the six hour ride. It was almost painful to not have any opportunity to stop for pictures along the way.
After spending three days in Bergen and visiting the home of Edvard Grieg, we moved on to Haugesund and Bomlo in the southern part of the county of Hordaland. Hordaland has a coastline with the North Sea, but many islands shelter the area from the rough waters of the ocean. The mix of small islands surrounded by water is stunningly beautiful and we spent most of our time exploring the fjords on a little motorboat that came with the house we stayed in.
I think what struck me most about Norway, besides its beauty, was the happiness of people, the friendly culture and the infrastructure. The roads are some of the best you will find in Europe, houses are very well kept and you’ll get the fastest possible mobile broadband connection while scouting in the wild (which feels a bit surreal). I dearly loved the time spent in Norway and I can only applaud the Norwegian people for doing so many things right. I cannot wait to go back.
All color images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 160, all B&W images were shot with the Leica M2 and the Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: