Post # 1
Fiance and I are going to Norway for 2 weeks for our honeymoon. We had initially planned to go to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, but finally settled on just Norway so we can just relax and enjoy our time there. We will be flying into Bergen, renting a car and driving out to the cabin we’re renting that sits directly on the Sognefjord.
Since it is a pretty untraditional destination, I have not talked to anyone personally who has honeymooned or vacationed there. I would love to hear of other experiences if any of you have been!
Post # 3
I’m interested too! Hubby and I wanted to go for our honeymoon, but we couldn’t so we’re planning to go for our 1 year anniversary.
Post # 4
We spent a week in Oslo a couple years ago and it was beautiful! Fiance has done some hiking near Trondheim and vacationed on a boat–from Bergen to Bodø, then back on the train (his dad loves trains). Have fun–it will be FABULOUS.
We’re going to Sweden in 2 weeks for just a couple days to see my brother get married, and I’m really excited to explore Stockholm a little even if it’s only a short visit! Scandinavia really is a special place; the atmosphere is so different from here or Europe.
Post # 5
I LOVE Bergen!!! I’ve been to Norway twice and think it is the most amazingly beautiful country! Ok, a must do is taking a train trip from Bergen to Oslo, which crosses glaciers and some of the most spectacular scenery. If you don’t want to head all the way out to Oslo (fair enough, it’s nice but the west of the country is a thousand times better), look into the Norway In a Nutshell tour. It will take you on the same train journey from Bergen to Myrdal where you will then board a smaller train to take you down to Flam, before boarding a boat for a fjord cruise. You don’t necessarily have to do the tour but it gives you an idea of where to explore whilst you’re in the area. When I was there, we didn’t do the tour but did a lot of what the tour does independently.
Staying on Sognefjorden is an awesome idea – it’s a breathtakingly beautiful fjord. The town of Flam, on the innermost reaches of the fjord is also a lovely little town with some of the most beautiful blue glacier water. We also stayed in a remote place just east of Voss, called Orneberget, and whilst it was remote and isloated (the only store to buy food at is an 8 km walk and it’s only open every other Tuesday – so bring your own supplies!) it was gorgeous. Just a beautiful log cabin hostel in the midst of the most stunning scenery with absolutely nothing else around. The train stops there but there’s no station or platform. Instead, they put down a step ladder and you climb off the train onto a gravel path and then climb down the side of a mountain to get to the hostel. It’s amazing!
Bergen itself is a GORGEOUS place! There’s a hot chocolate stand right on the harbour that sells hot chocolate to die for. They literally just melt chocolate bars and add in a bit of steamed milk…. was amazing! Also, if you like pizza, Pepe’s Pizza in Bergen is also quite tasty – and relatively cheap (by Norway standards anyway).
Hmm, what else…. Norway is just gorgeous. I can’t describe it in any other words. You’re going to love it. I went the first time in March (a few years ago) and loved it so much, I went back again in September of that same year.
PM me if you have any specific questions!
Post # 6
I was in Bergen for a week last summer and Oslo and surronding for 2 weeks in 2009. Both times I happened to be in Norway in August and it was colder than I anticipated but great.
Bergen is not so big and I didn’t have a car but did a lot of exploring on foot and public bus. The view from the top of the hill near the NHH University overlooks the fjord and this gian bridge, it’s a great place to catch a rainbow. Down in the hatbor, the fish market is open dialy and worth a walk through even if you are not a fish eater. More exciting are all the old harbor side buildings. They are a UNESCO world heritage site and house lots of cute shops and restaurants. I loved the silver shop with origional pieces inspired by nature and Norway and all created by a local artist. In town there are a lot of great restaurants but prices are steep (be warned, you could easily spend $50 on pizza and soft drinks for 2). Walking around the town is a nice way to spend the day, there is also some nice shopping, lots of Scandanavian brands that I had not seen before. There is also a pretty strong night scene in Bergen. We found a student bar with a cool atmosphere and happy hour specials and enjoyed the local beer Aas. I found Bergen to have characteristics of buth a large city and small town.
Norwegians, especially in Oslo are really fashion forward which makes for fun shopping. As far as Oslo, I’m not sure if you’re going to make it there but if so, PM me and I’ll tell you what we did. We stayed on a cool boat hotel for part and then spent the second half in the mountains.
Overall, Norway is a really cool place, you’re going to have a great time!
Post # 7
Wow, thanks for the wonderful replies, everyone!
@CapeBoundBride: That’s great that you will get to go for your anniversary! Fiance and I have been interested in going for a while now, but just haven’t had the time or the funds.
@BunnyBrideToBe: Enjoy your time in Sweden! I really want to visit Stockholm, but unfortunately that will have to wait for another trip. We are planning to do some hiking as well – I already cannot wait!
@Ree723: We are definitely looking into Norway in a Nutshell! We will probably just do it on our own. Everything I have read online says that the train ride and fjord cruise are not to be missed!
The area you stayed in sounds amazing! We will be staying in a small town called Ortnevik, which is relatively close to Balestrand. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Bergen.
I will ABSOLUTELY have to find this hot chocolate stand you speak of…it sounds marvelous!!
@slicey19: Thanks so much for the tips on things to do in Bergen… I am so excited to walk around the city and see the shops and such!
Regarding the prices in Norway…when we initially decided that we wanted to go there for our honeymoon, we actually didn’t know how high priced everything is in Norway. I quickly learned, though, reading on travel forums and websites. We hope to save some money by finding a supermarket when we arrive and stocking up on food, so we don’t have to eat at restaurants very often! Hopefully this will help us save a few dollars.
We most likely won’t be making it over to Oslo on this trip, but I do hope to go sometime in the future!
Post # 8
I had the pleasure of vacationing in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark in 2004 and it was such a lovely trip. Definitely head to the fjords if you have a moment and leave plenty of time to soak it all in.
I don’t remember these places being heavy on the “do” activities, but rather they were enjoyable liesurely destinations that would be perfect for a honeymoon.
Post # 9
We’ve vacationed in Norway and it’s great if you love outdoor activities. Awesome hiking, rafting, horeback riding, skiing, rock climbing etc. It’s all super expensive though.
WE bravely took a tent but it was way to cold. There are lots of cmpsites with cabins wich were affordable, but def not romantic for a honeymoon, so it depends what type of couple you.