Norway – A story of sea-kissed mountains and ridiculous excitement levels – Part 2

Ok, let’s get down to business, here’s what you should do if you decide to visit this part of Norway – and you should! This is just what I discovered so far, but there is much more.

  1. Preikestolen hike (to the Pulpit Rock)
  2. Kayaking/Sailing or other water sports (when it’s not too windy!)
  3. Kjerag bolten hike (that boulder stuck between the mountains)
  4. Troll’s tongue (further up north – didn’t get there yet, but it’s on my list for next time)
  5. Stavager city
  6. Walks on the coast

Preikestolen

I’m going to copy-paste this short description from Google and then I’ll give you my take on it.

Preikestolen or Prekestolen (English: Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock) 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 meters (82 ft × 82 ft).

Now, let me tell you something… THIS ROCK ROCKSSSS!! When I reached it, after a 2-hour hike, my breath literally stopped when I peaked towards the bottom, where that beautiful turquoise sea was cutting through the mountain. I think I said ‘Wow’ and ‘Oh my God’ at least 50 times… hahaha.

I was actually on my own when I got there, so it was a bit weird talking to myself, but hey, who cares??

The view is like a glimpse into heaven. It takes all your worries away, and the tiny world you create in your mind to survive your petty daily routine is wiped out by a feeling of awe and overwhelming joy.

I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the hike! I had to excuse my excitement a few times towards tourists looking at me taking photos with all devices and shouting at Ricky and Ian ‘Guys, take a photo here! and here! Come on. Oh my God, look at this!’ Someone said to me at one point ‘If you get so excited here, what are you going to do when you reach the top?’. I don’t know?! Faint? Silly tourists… 😛

The hike is challenging but pleasant, dramatic at points, filling your lungs with fresh air, cooling you with waterfalls and quick rain showers, surprising you with the sunshine when those warm rays start peaking from behind the clouds… It’s absolutely stunning all the way through and anyone can do it!

Once you get to the top, this big plateau hanging above the sea looks scary, but step by step you get closer, take in the views, become braver and then you capture some of the most palm-sweating photos.

I admit I wasn’t brave enough to sit on the very edge, but I got close enough! Still battling some anxiety and fear of heights, but I will conquer these fears next time!

We spent about an hour or so at the top, having a quick picnic and fooling around. But I will let the photos do the talking now.

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Below is the view from the bottom, when we took the boat through the fjord to get to the Kjerag Bolten. That poking platform you see at the top is where the earlier photos were taken. Yep. Crazy!

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Norway – A story of sea-kissed mountains and ridiculous excitement levels – Part 1

FINALLY! A reason to blog – inspired be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life.

When my good friends Ricky and Ian suggested we take this trip, I heard ‘Norway’ and thought of a city break. Little did I know that they planned a whole array of adventures and activities. Yes, they did warn me to pack gym clothes and comfortable shoes – but I imagined just a little walk here and there and then wasting time in the old city center, sipping wine and enjoying fresh sea food.

Let’s just say I had to buy hiking shoes and woolly socks on the way to our first adventure to the Preikestolen, due to my disbelief of this being an active escape, instead of a city break. For the first time, I didn’t organise the trip or any of the details and gave up control…for a short while 🙂

To get to our destination, we flew from London to Stavanger, then took the ferry to Tau, and we drove from there to Idse (in the Joperland district). Idse is a beautiful island village with dramatic views towards the sea-kissed mountains, scattered cute houses and fields of green barley.

When I caught a first glimpse of our cute wooden cabin, I couldn’t believe how pretty it was! And then I realised  we were going to spend five blissful days on that porch, relaxing in the rustic lounge, sipping tea, making fires and looking at the unspoiled scenery. ‘Perfection’, I thought to myself!

As it was Sunday afternoon when we got to the island, the supermarkets were closed and there were no restaurants in the area. We had brought just snacks and sweets. When I say ‘we’ I mean Ian and his parents, as you probably know I like my healthy food. The house owner left us some essentials which included: rice, sausages, butter, eggs, cheese, bread and marmalade. So we had to make dinner out of that! Here’s a snap shot of ‘Rice sausages a la Ricky with a fried egg’. Mmmmmmmm

Oh, I forgot to tell you that, when travelling with an English family, MILK for tea is a vital necessity. Luckily, Norway is known for its many farms and milk production…so we went on a mission to find milk. And we did – on a farm near by, where we also found this football-loving dog and the nicest neighbours who gave us the milk for free. I also had a go at ushering the cows inside the barn.

This video pretty much sums up the first day on the island and my ridiculous excitement!

The interesting thing about Norway in the summer is that it doesn’t get dark, until after midnight. The temperature varies between 10-20 degrees Celsius throughout the day, and for me, that is ideal 🙂 You can hike, run, walk without sweating like a … cow? We took full advantage of the long summer hours and made barbecues, sunbathed and enjoyed the simple island life.

TO BE CONTINUED