Aurland, Norway

A Photo Essay: Norway

Our favorite experience in Norway has to be sitting on a cliff overlooking the Sognefjord on our hike back to Flåm. In the middle of a harrowing hike along a fairly busy, narrow road on one end and the edge of a drop off on the other, we found a lookout point where we paused for a picnic break to relax and soak up the peacefulness. As we sat there, smiling and eating the lunch that we picked up from the grocery store earlier that morning, we reveled in the quietness and beauty that surrounded us.

You know the feeling of complete content and satisfaction you get in those serene moments that can only be created by chance? This was one of those moments, and I was smiling from the inside, and this is the feeling I get when I think of Norway.  It was a perfect place to wind down after the crazy (but utterly amazing) schedule that we had packed to the brim in Iceland.  The moments that make me smile are the days spent aimlessly wandering around the small town of Flåm and the thriving city of Oslo, exploring the fjords and watching the beauty effortlessly float by outside our train windows. Reminisce with us through our photographic journey of Norway:

Oslo, Norway

In the Oslo Fjord directly out front of the Opera House, rests a beautiful sculpture called She Lies. The sculpture is built from steel and glass and can turn and move with the winds and tides so it looks like a boat floating along in the fjord.

Oslo, Norway

You can walk all around the sloping white marble roof of the Opera House that rises straight out of the fjord.

Oslo, Norway

It was a gorgeous day in Oslo and the city came alive with everyone basking in the sun in the park and even on top of the Opera House.

Oslo, Norway

For great views of the city, climb to the top of the Opera House and look out over the Bjørvika district.

Oslo, Norway

We love street art and Oslo has plenty to offer throughout the parks and streets in the city.

Oslo, Norway

Karl Johans Gate is a popular street in Oslo that connects the Norwegian Royal Palace to Oslo Center Station. Along the path are many shops, restaurants and museums.

Oslo, Norway

There are numerous street performers in Oslo paying music for the masses out on a Sunday stroll.

Oslo, Norway

We really enjoyed these musicians–they were playing an upbeat, folky style of music.

Oslo, Norway

Much of the design and architecture throughout Norway is clean and modern–we really enjoyed looking at the unique styles throughout Oslo.

Oslo, Norway

The Freia clock located in Egertorget square reminds passersby of the popular Norwegian treat: Freia branded chocolate.

Oslo, Norway

The Oslo Harbour rests along the Oslo Fjord and the area always seems to be busy with people going for a stroll.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

The Flåm Railway makes a photo stop at the Kjosfossen Waterfall where you can see this roaring waterfall tumbling down the side of the mountain.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

At the photo stop to see the Kjosfossen Waterfall, you will also catch a glimpse of a surprising performance that seems to appear out of nowhere.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

One of the tiny villages along our journey into the valley of Flåm.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

When the snow begins to melt throughout the mountains in the spring, the waterfalls come alive.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

Descending into the valley of Flåm while riding The Flåm Railway.

Flåm, Norway

This beautiful view of the fjord was right outside of our hotel, the Heimly Pensjonat.

Flåm, Norway

The Flåm Port is one of the most popular ports in Norway.

Flåm, Norway

Situated at the end of the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, tributaries of the Sognefjord, Flåm extends beautiful views every way you turn.

Flåm, Norway

The Sognefjord is 204 kilometers long and is the longest and deepest fjord in the world.

Flåm, Norway

Looking back at the small town of Flåm while taking a ride on the passenger ferry down the fjord.

Flåm, Norway

A view of our hotel, the Heimly Pensjonat, and surrounding houses from the ride along the fjord.

Flåm, Norway

The cliffs surrounding the fjords reach heights of over 1,000 meters.

Flåm, Norway

We traced Micah’s family history and found this is where his great-great grandfather lived before moving to America.

Flåm, Norway

Taking a boat ride or cruise along the fjords is the perfect way to see the breathtaking mountains towering from the valleys of the fjord.

Aurland, Norway

The small town of Aurland is located in the Aurland Harbour District along with the other towns of Flåm, Undredal and Gudvangen.

Aurland, Norway

The perfect place to contemplate life and the beauty of nature.

Fjords of Norway

The Aurlandsdalen Valley area is known as the Grand Canyon of Norway and has beautiful hiking trails.

Flåm, Norway

On our hike from Aurland to Flåm we passed this waterfall cascading its way down into the Sognefjord.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

The Flåm Railway twists and turns its way up and down the mountain between Myrdal and Flåm.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

It’s no surprise why this train journey has been voted one of the most beautiful in the world.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

Watching the stunning landscapes float by our train windows.

The Flåm Railway, Norway

Heading into one of the 20 tunnels on the journey along one of the steepest railways in the world.

Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway

Wandering through the historic Akershus Fortress in Oslo.

Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway

The Akershus Fortress was built in the 1920’s and has served as both a fortress and a prison. Today, the fortress consists of a museum and it is also still a working military area.

The Monolith, Oslo, Norway

The Monolith sculpture in Vigeland Park stands a towering 14 metres tall and consists of 121 human figures carved in a single stone.

Tulips, Oslo, Norway

Flowers were starting to bloom throughout the entire city of Oslo; it was fun catching a glimpse of the city awakening from it’s winter slumber.

City view from the Opera House, Oslo, Norway

We watched the glow of the sunset over Oslo while resting on the slanted ceiling of the Opera House.

 

Have you been to Norway? What was your favorite part? If you haven’t been, what would you look forward to most?


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  • Lee
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    Posted at 10:25h, 20 August Reply

    Fantastic photos! You’ve really captured some stunning moments in Norway.
    I love it, but am biased as I’ve been living there for a year. I love how close to nature you can get.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:18h, 21 August Reply

      Thanks!! I loved that too–how close nature alway seems to be! We loved it there, thanks for showing us around some 🙂

  • Swati Singh
    Posted at 05:13h, 22 August Reply

    Great photos, specially the one with the bench facing the lake and the mountains. 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:00h, 22 August Reply

      Thanks! That was such I pretty spot–I think I could have sat there all day! 🙂

  • Kimmy
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    Posted at 12:46h, 22 August Reply

    Beautiful pictures! It’s funny, but I never had much interest to go to Iceland or Norway until I saw your travels and photos. Now I want to go to both! I’ll be sure to chat with you about them when we head there to get lots of information.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:28h, 27 August Reply

      Thanks, Kimmy! Glad the photos made you want to visit both places! 🙂 Definitely let me know when you make it there–would love to chat about it!

  • Megan
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    Posted at 22:31h, 23 August Reply

    Phenomenal Photos Jenna! I’ve just addictively pinned them all to a few of my different boards on Pinterest 😀 Cant wait to get to Norway now!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:29h, 27 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Meg! It was so beautiful there–we loved it! And thanks for the pins too 🙂

  • Marc Latham
    Posted at 12:12h, 28 August Reply

    Great photos and descriptions; appreciation of nature.

    I was in Oslo on a sunny day in 2007. It was cloudy when I was in Flam this year, so nice to see the clear photos.

    Glad you enjoyed it, and happy continued travelling…
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:22h, 04 September Reply

      Thanks, Marc! Oslo is so pretty when it’s sunny, glad you got to enjoy the nice weather too! We lucked out in Flam with the weather as well; it was a great time. Happy traveling to you as well!
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  • Anna
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    Posted at 11:36h, 30 August Reply

    I spent a full month in Norway and I loved it! I spent a lot of time walking around Oslo and reading in the parks. I would have done the train thing if it was in my budget, wow Norway is expensive! I did a roadtrip with a friend over to the fjords and camped&hiked a lot! Definitely the most beautiful (northern) place I have ever been!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:29h, 04 September Reply

      Wow, a month! That’s great–I would have loved to do more camping and hiking too. Norway is so beautiful–I bet you had a great time. It is so expensive, we found a good deal on the train tickets, but it definitely didn’t leave much room in our budget, that’s for sure!
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  • BakoymaTravels
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    Posted at 01:23h, 18 January Reply

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Norway so much, and thanks for sharing your pictures. One is never a tourist in one’s own country so I find it very interesting to try and see my home from someone else’s view 🙂

    (Stunning pictures, guys. Inspires me to at least get a better camera… My skills will have to develop as I move along) 😉
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:44h, 20 January Reply

      We really did enjoy Norway! Would love to go back one of these days–such a beautiful place. I always love hearing about where I live from an outside perspective as well–it can be so interesting to see others views! And thanks so much for the nice words about our photos– really appreciate it!

  • Mel
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    Posted at 14:32h, 22 June Reply

    Gorgeous photos! I love how you’ve mixed a bit of the wild with the urban, wonderful post.

  • Norman Steen
    Posted at 21:45h, 22 December Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful excursion! I can’t wait to see your other postings of Norway. I’m been up this fjord and to Flåm, but that only adds to the pleasure of viewing your photos and comments. Yes, my grandfather (bestefar) is from Norge, way up in Nord Trondelag.

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