Having left Norway behind us on 16 April, we arrived in Stockholm, Sweden after a 5-hour train ride. Norway had been having lovely spring weather, and the same was happening in Stockholm. While Oslo, the capital of Norway, has over 600,000 within its municipality, Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, has nearly one million.Read More
Sorry we left you hanging in Norway on our Hurtigruten cruise. Not to worry as the posts are written and we’ll be catching you up on the rest of our Scandinavian adventures. Since our return, we’ve been a little busy setting up a new home base in Arizona! There’ll be more on that in a future post. Until then, enjoy Scandinavia…
We wrapped up our Hurtigruten vacation on 8 April and spent 2 more nights in Bergen. We boarded the scenic Bergensbanen train but from Bergen to Oslo this time, and no blizzards - just beautiful early spring views. On 10 April we arrived at our friend Siri’s home outside of Oslo to spend time with her family and travel with them to their ski cabin near Lillehammer. This was the beginning of Easter week in Norway when seemingly everyone takes a break and enjoys the last snow of winter and the first warm days and sun of spring.
We even managed to spend a day back in Oslo on Bygdøy peninsula enjoying the open-air Museum of Norwegian Cultural History and over 150 buildings relocated from various towns and rural sites around Norway. It is considered the world’s first open-air museum (founded 1881) and contains the great 13th century Gol stave church which was moved in the 1880s for preservation and restoration. It really was a marvel to see this, and unlike the stave church in Bergen, this is an original! The name stave derives from the buildings structure.
On 16 April, we said our goodbyes to our Norwegian family and boarded a train to Stockholm, Sweden leaving the beautiful fjords and mountains of Norway behind. Huge hugs and thanks to Siri and her family for making our trip to Norway extra special and for taking such good care of us!
All in all, we spent about a month in Norway and loved it from north to south, east to west. We’re glad we were able to see this beautiful country while the snows were still fresh which brought out more contrast, great texture, and depth to our views. Besides, isn’t that how one thinks of Norway? We understand summers are warm, green, and beautiful. It would be wonderful to see what’s beneath winter’s blanket of snow.
Takk (thank-you) for joining our journey.
As you know, we do not consider ourselves on vacation. Full time travel is our lifestyle for now. But on 28 March the DaMClark’s embarked on an honest to goodness vacation to the top of the world on a Hurtigruten Ferry 3,000 miles along the coast of Norway for 12 nights. One could say - when we take a vacation, we really take a vacation.Read More
On 23 March we arrived by scenic train from Oslo to the southwest coastal city of Bergen - located on Norway’s largest fjord, Sognefjord. Here we spent 5 nights in an area of higglety-pigglety colorful homes at an Airbnb.Read More
We left La Quinta, California on February 1 and traveled to Washington state to spend February and part of March acclimating for a trip to Norway. What we didn’t know at the time was that Washington was in for more snow than they had seen in years.Read More
After two months in 4 different locations in Arizona, we arrived in La Quinta Cove, California for a 6-week stay in a great Airbnb on December 22. This longer stay allowed for Ds mom, Mary Vee, to stay with us for a few weeks, and for us to enjoy extended downtime.Read More
We left Albuquerque on October 14 and traveled to Tucson. About 90 minutes south of Albuquerque and near the city of Socorro we stopped at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and spent time driving the site as well as enjoying the many marsh habitat viewing areas.Read More
Annual ABQ Grecian Festival held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church – just a walk away from our home. After seeing our first morning session over at the Balloon Fiesta, we stopped in at the Greek Orthodox Church to enjoy the food, traditional dance, and music. This made for a fun way to cap off our very long and very busy first day in ABQ. Opa!Read More
We arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ round these parts), from Chama on October 5 and spent 9 nights at an Airbnb between old town and downtown. We’re here to check off another of those bucket list type things at the Annual International Balloon Fiesta, held this year from October 6 through 14.Read More