Category: Travel


Finland recap

Hi everyone!

We just returned from a road trip around Finland. You might be wandering how it was? Well, they say a photo tells a thousand words.

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I have to dig through hundreds of photos first and finish the photo-report of Norwegian trip. But yeah, expect first Finnish posts in a month or so.

 

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Norway: Lom to Hellesylt

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And our destination – the world famous Geiranger fjord!

 

Norway: Bergen to Sogndal

Leaving Bergen behind, we ventured inside the fjord country on a road towards Sogndal and beyond…

Thunderbolt and lightning…

Today, Slovenia experienced some heavy thunderstorms. Luckily, the region where I live, didn’t suffer hail or heavy downpours but just after the sunset, we were witness to some spectacular atmospheric discharges, resulting in a spectacular natural fireworks in the form of lightnings. I have caught just the end of the show, so here are just a few photos that I managed to take before the end of it.

And a perfect song to go with the photos:

Norway: Bergen

 

 

Stavanger and a road to Bergen

After a good night’s sleep, we headed to  downtown Stavanger and do a quick tour of the city center.

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Leaving the Stavanger behind us, we embarked on a journey over a diverse West coast towards Bergen.

Stavanger: Sverd i fjell

After our hike to Preikestolen, we finally arrived to our camping cottage in the middle of Stavanger. After a quick shower and cloths change, we decided it would be nice to buy somewhere a bottle or can of beer (hell, we have deserved it!) and enjoy the well deserved rest. Well, we had no such luck – stores were already closed and petrol stations, unlike in most of the Europe, don’t sell any kind of alcohol beverages. Alright, a lesson learned but at least we visited a Sverd i fjell monument. This has to be one of the coolest Viking monuments ever – uncovered in 1983 by King Olav V, the monument commemorates the battle of Hafrsfjord that took place in 872. In that battle, King Harald Fairhair emerged victorious and joined several smaller kingdoms under his banner, first move in uniting the Norwegian kingdoms. Swords are more than 10m high and are planted in the rock by the shore. The highest sword (and most adorned) is representing King Harald’s while the slightly smaller and plainer ones are of two defeated petty kings. After paying respect to my spiritual ancestors, it was time to head back to the cottage. I apologize to my friends who had to wait in the chilly evening for the “perfect” blue light. 🙂

Norway: Preikestolen

The main target of our first full day in Norway was a climb up to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) cliff. Probably the most famous cliff in Norway (besides Trolltunga) and much more accessible to the masses. Luckily, September is a month, when crowds disappear and although there were people up there, it was not as crowded as it can get in the summer months.

Recently, Preikestolen featured in the final scene of final episode of Season 2 of History Channel Vikings series, with King Ragnar Lothbrok sitting on the cliff.