Norway in a Nutshell

We’ve been in Norway now for a few days, and I have to say that it’s the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.  Words fail me . . . honestly.  The scenery defies description, the people are warm, friendly and helpful. The food is, well, the food is pretty much anything you want. And yes, if you want, you can have pickled herring in cream (yuk) as often as you’d like.  Michael has and loves it.  Such an adventurous eater.

Anyway, Oslo is the capital and a wonderful city. A few pictures here: city walks, buildings, public art, parks, and of course, 1,000+ year old Viking ships!

Leaving the city, we embarked on a journey by train from Oslo to the head of the Naeroyfjord (English spelling) Fjord to a village called Flam (pronounced “Flome”). Breathtakingly beautiful. We so wish we had more time in Flam to explore. So sad to leave.

The journey leaving Flam involved a 2-hour boat ride through the fjord, then a 45 minute bus ride through the country, and ultimately a 2-hour train into Bergen, Norway. Whew! We were exhausted, to say the least. The weather is a bit chilly — hovering around 40 degrees and drizzly. But honestly, we’ve had spectacular weather, nothing that would prohibit our explorations or enjoyment of this magnificent country.

This last image is one I have found so funny, since I’ve never seen it in any other country we’ve visited.  This is how they make their beds. Each person has their very own comforter, and it’s folded kind of like an envelope that you slip into. Very cozy.  Michael and I have surmised that this is common practice (probably historically) due to their extremely cold winters where having your own comforter would be necessary.

So many more images and stories — I’d love to share every minute of it with you all.

Till next time . . . from Stockholm, Sweden!






  1. Colleen Lehman
    September 22, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Sounds absolutely wonderful and the pictures are beautiful.

  2. Cyndie
    September 22, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Listen to Jason Isbell song called Stockholm as you travel the streets. Enjoy❤️

    • September 22, 2017 / 9:28 am

      I will! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Brother
    September 22, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Beautiful Jude, we wish we were with you.

    • September 22, 2017 / 9:28 am

      We wish you were, too! Miss you guys. Next year!!

  4. Brad
    September 22, 2017 / 10:55 am

    So, thinking I’m a mouse in your suitcase and am enjoying every moment. Can not wait to see photos and stories and see what “signature pieces” you bring home. Personally, I’d go back and get the Viking ship. Now THAT’S a signature piece!!
    Love you both. Keep exploring. Are we sure the comforters aren’t some ancient form of birth control? ?

  5. Pam
    September 22, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    How Magnificent, Judy ! What a wonderful trip ! Love your pictures and descriptions and Look forward to your personal stories… ❤️

  6. dona abolió
    September 22, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    What a beautiful adventure.

  7. Candy
    September 28, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Norway looks spectacular! I love your pictures and descriptions. Looks like a must see and experience. Look forward to hearing more.

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