Norway Road Trip
I’ve been going to Norway since I was nine years old. My mom is from a small town called Risør. Usually, when I go I’m visiting with family and friends. This was a very eventful trip because Tim and I photographed and filmed my cousin’s wedding, then we decided to take a road trip from Risør to Bergen then Bergen to Oslo. On the way to Bergen we stopped in Kristiansand and Stavanger. This trip holds a special place in my heart and I hope you enjoy the photos and videos we took.
Flying to Norway is expensive so Tim and I did the cheapest ticket we could find. Which means we didn’t get to sit together. Instead Tim sat in between two friends that purposely left the middle seat open. haha.
We started our trip to Risor and stayed in Det Lille Hotel. The hotel room opened up to a small pool. We had a cute little kitchen, living room and balcony. The hotel also provided breakfast in the morning. One of my favorite parts of the day was getting up and eating breakfast outside the hotel.
Risor is a charming little town. It is located along the Skagerak coast in the traditional region of Sørlandet. One of the most popular tourist attractions is Risørflekken. It’s this large painted white rock that has an amazing view of Risør. As you walk up the hill you can see lots of beautiful homes with lovely gardens out front.
The view from white rock.
Taken with the drone.
The seafood in Norway is incredible. We ate fish soup and shrimp at Fiskemottaket.
The shops in Risør are really cute. Across from our hotel was a second-hand shop where we scored some hilarious records, a handmade Norwegian sweater, and cute house stuff.
The hotel had bikes you could rent and ride around town.
This is my Uncle and Aunt’s house. It’s the cutest house ever.
Here’s a little snippet from my cousin’s wedding. To view more photos and the video click here.
One of the prettiest churches in town is the Risør Church. We had a view of it from our hotel room.
Here’s a small montage of clips from my insta stories of Risør.
We headed to Lyngor for a day trip. Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder county, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is about 12 kilometers southeast of the town of Tvedestrand and also about 12 kilometers southwest of the town of Risør
We had to park our car and take a boat to get there. For info on how to get there click here.
There are NO CARS. We walked around and looked at all the cute homes. We stopped at a small restaurant and had dessert and a beer. Great combo.
After our trip to Lyngor we were off on our road trip. My grandma (mormor) waving us a farewell.
We did a quick stop in Kristiansand. I loved all the flowers that were blooming.
Then we drove for 3 1/2 Horus to Stavanger. I wish we spent more time here cause I absolutely loved it. Right, when we got there a cruise ship dropped off a TON of people so it was very crowded.
My favorite street was ØVRE HOLMEGATE because I loved the COLOR!
After Stavanger we drove for 5 hours to Bergen. We drove the long way up the coast, island hopping the whole way, driving into tunnels under the ocean for some parts and had to take two ferries as well.
When we got to Bergen we stayed Hotel Oleana. It was a great location and in the middle of everything.
Mt. Fløyen is one of Bergen’s biggest attractions. There are a lot of tourists so you have to wait for your turn to get photos in some spots. If you can wiggle your way to the front of the tram you get the best view on the way up.
We really didn’t have a plan in Bergen. We just walked around the city and enjoyed the sights. Two of the iconic historical Bryggen storefronts were under construction.
The prettiest McDonalds I’ve ever seen. All the sewers had beautiful designs. We saw this cool mustang and I loved the door to this Tiki Bar. It’s the Norwegian version of a Tiki Bar. lol.
After Bergen we drove 7 hours to Oslo. There were areas that were flat with hardly any population. We kept seeing high sticks where you could see how high the snow would get. All I could think about was how crazy the winters would get in some of these areas.
We stopped at some parts and they would have signs telling us where we were.
On our way to Oslo we saw a ton of people stopping so of course we had to see what they were looking at. It was the Vøringsfossen waterfall.
On our drive there were purple wildflowers EVERYWHERE. They were gorgeous.
Some large statues on our drive.
Once we go to Oslo we were exhausted from driving. We stayed at Thon Hotel a little outside the city. My biggest advice is to TAKE A BUS to Oslo. We made the mistake of driving our rental car and paying A TON of money on parking when we should have just used the city bus. Oslo is VERY expensive.
We checked out the Palace.
After the Palace we walked down to the shops and grabbed a beer and just people watched. They had all these large bears on display. I liked the big Freia sign. One thing you’ll get addicted to is the chocolate in Norway. It’s delicious. I had to get a pic of the Fjällräven window display. It was so colorful plus I own a blue one.
If you go to Oslo you have to go to the Viking museum. It has three Viking era burial ships that were found as part of archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg, and the Borre mound cemetery. It’s located on the Bygdøy peninsula.
It was HOT when we got to Oslo so we went to this kitchy ice bar called Magic Ice. It was a lot of fun and we met some other cool Norwegians escaping the heat.
We ventured down to the harbor. It’s very picturesque and there are a lot of very good restaurants and bars along the water. We ate at Oliva. It was delicious Italian food.
We were told this was THE place to get a yummy piece of cake Pascal Konditori.
Our last night in Oslo we went to the arts district. We had come to this location a few years back with my cousin and thought it was cool. Luckily Tim’s memory was so good he was able to find it again.
I hope you enjoyed our trip. If you are thinking of going to Norway DO IT! This travel blog is dedicated to my grandpa (morfar) who passed away this year. He was the kindest and most loving man I’ve ever known. It’s going to be hard going back to Risør and not seeing him but I know he will always be there with me in spirit.