This time last year we had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country and it was rain, rain and more rain! Not this year. From the moment we arrived the weather has being nothing other than hot and sunny! Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Our first port of call hidden over 100 miles inland lies the sleepy village of Flåm. Flåm is nestled innermost in the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the 204-km long and up to 1308-metre-deep Sognefjord. Flåm is the end station of the immensely popular Flåm Railway, described by many as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
The village has a population of approximately 400 inhabitants and it is situated in Aurland municipality, which consists of Flåm, Aurland, Gudvangen and Undredal. In 1980 most of the people in Flåm were farmers, today most of the inhabitants work in the tourism industry or with the railway. Today Flåm is one of the most popular cruise harbours in Norway.
The origins of the flourishing tourism trade in Flåm, date back to the end of the 19th century, when large numbers of English tourists, also called “salmon lords”, came to fish in the Flåm river. These travelers laid the foundation for hotels to be established and a steady stream of tourists, who were transported in two-wheeled buggies through the spectacular scenery. After the Bergen Railway was opened in 1909 Flåm became a crossroads for passengers, post and freight traveling on the trains between Oslo and Bergen and on the steamships on the fjord.
I absolutely love Norway! Norway has become increasingly sought-after by travelers around the world—and it’s easy to see why. One of the world’s most beautiful countries, it’s got glaciers, mountains, and the Northern Lights. (And fjords. So many fjords.)
One of the other must visit places in Norway its the ‘Pulpit Rock’ or ‘Preikestolen’ in Norwegian. It is a famous tourist attraction in the municipality of Forsand in Rogaland county, Norway. Preikestolen is a steep cliff which rises 604 metres (1,982 ft) above the Lysefjorden. Atop the cliff, there is an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 ft × 82 ft). It sits on the north side of the fjord, opposite the Kjerag plateau, located on the south side.
Tourism at the site has been increasing in recent years, with between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors in 2012, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway. BASE jumpers often leap from the cliff. Due to its increased popularity, there is currently a project under way to improve the path to the site, which is only accessible via a 3.8-kilometre (2.4 mi) long hike.
Being a country where the outdoors is pretty much everywhere and difficult to escape, you can imagine the joy on my face when I discovered this tightrope in the town of Stavanger! Something I love about Norway that there are activities such as this absolutely everywhere and they are absolutely free! One of my favourite pastimes found right here in the stunning town. I couldn’t resist and safe to say, I haven’t lost my touch! Even though I don’t have far to fall.
This week in Norway has been absolutely stunning and I cannot wait to return in a few weeks and do it all again! Thank you Norway for a fantastic time!