We arrived in Oslo and began a 10 day exploration of magical Norway. Oslo is a great town. I think they have done a great job of combining the older architecture with the new.
We ate so well, with many great restaurants in this sophisticated city, and enjoyed the Norwegian culture, exploring their winter sports arena, the Munch Museum and a must-see trip to the Kon-Tiki museum across the water.
We then traveled north to the coastal towns of Ålesund and Bergen. The stunning natural beauty of the fjords was beyond what we could have imagined. With around 20 hours of daylight in the Summer months, the joy of exploring long days in this striking country is indescribable. We loved staying at the 62degree Nord property in the Ålesund area.
The weather was luckily beautiful and we could not believe the cuisine. It was outstanding. My son commented that the strawberries were the best he’d ever tasted, and proceeded to order a large bowl every morning at breakfast. We came to learn that Scandinavia has an extremely short strawberry season (two weeks), but that they are so good because of the Uber-long Summer days in which they grow.
The Vigeland Park - This incredible sculpture garden is worth a visit and possibly even spending the day.
Holmenkollen ski jump and winter sports arena
Opera House - You can climb it for great views of the city and the bay.
Kon Tikki Museum
Engbret Cafe - old Oslo institution - my husband actually ate reindeer there.
Nodee-Sky - Fabulous Japanese fusion
Mathallen Food Hall - great for lunch to please everyone, in a cool section of the city.