Post # 1
My husband and my family and I are going to Norway and Iceland in January for a wintery vacation. Just wondering if anyone had any recommendations of places to see or things to do?
(i stuck this under honeymoon- not sure where to put it!)
Post # 3
FH and I went to Iceland about a year ago. We loved it. i don’t know how long you’re going for but we ended up staying in Reykjavic for two days and doing a golden circle tour (gullfoss, gieser and the old parliament). Then we rented a car and drove up to the north west fjords (the part of Iceland that looks like fingers waaay up on top). We stayed in the largest city up there Isafjordur (population: 4,000). This was by far the best part, we did a lot of hiking, went out to see a giant waterfall (name escapes me). We ate at this amazing fish restaurant up there, everything way caught that morning and served buffet style, completely like you just stepped into someone’s kitchen. The whole experience was just amazing! I would completely go back, next time i think wed rent a car and drive the ring road. When are you thinking about going? I think that’ll make a big difference on what you see and do. I’m so jealous, I’d love love love to go to Norway.
Post # 4
@FoolsintheRain: Lucky you 🙂
Ive been to Norway a few time but not yet to Iceland although I plan to go soon.
The main thing I want to go to in Iceland is the ‘Blue lagoon’ its just so beautiful there, best spa in the world in my opinion. I know that there a lot of really good tours which would allow to you to see big parts of Iceland in only a few days, if your not keen on tours and will be driving then you could just copy the tour itinerary.
Norway – I absolutely loved Bergen, if you go there you should go up the funicular, it gives you the mot amazing views. The Bergen railway would take you to Oslo (or from Oslo to Begen) and its really not to be missed, the views out of the window are outstanding, it is considered to be the most exciting and beautiful train ride in the world
Obviously being in Norway seeing some of the fjords is a must, you should look at doing a fjord cruise.
An im guessing you already know this but expect to spend a lot of money, Norway has the highest living costs in the world and Iceland is expensive too
Post # 5
Totally agree with @tails: – Bergen is lovely! Norway is expensive as heck, but the scenery is lovely so I feel like it’s worth it! These are personal photos from visiting (and I’m no prof photog, but the scenery is kind of to die for).
Also – as an aside, if you are looking for a good night out with your husband and any family members that love a bit of nightlife, go to Rick’s bar in downtown Bergen. It’s a huge place that has four or so separate bars within it, there is one huge one that usually has live bands playing awesome covers of 80s and 90s music, a nightclub type room, a rock room, etc. It’s pretty fantastic! PM me if you are interested in any other nightlife spots (I was there in my singledom at 21 so I basically hit every place there, lol)
Anyway, back to the photos…
On a fjord cruise – link to the exact tour we took:
A house in my bro’s neighbourhood with a sweet grass roof!
Amazing stave churches – lots of history and incredible to see in person.
On the bus (the fjord cruise/rail/bus tour) – taken through bus window. Pretty amazing.
Train station in Myrdal (still part of the tour)
I met a cool friend on top of the funicular. We’re besties now.
The view from my bro’s backyard.
Post # 6
We just went to Iceland in Sept (summary recap here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/iceland-picture-recap) and LOVED it. Depending on how long you’ll be staying there, I think the southern route out to Hofn is definitely worth it, stopping by Jokulsarlon, Skatefell, Skogarfoss, etc on the way. And then Snaefelles Peninsula is doable in a day trip, but probably more enjoyable as an overnight, and stop by Barnafossar.
Post # 7
There are two places we surely hope to visit one day. I want to see the Northern Lights. You might want to play with this Daylight Calculator, so you can time your outdoor sight seeing excursions! It’s gonna be a lot of darkness!
Post # 8
Thank you all for replying! I was house-sitting for the week without internet, so logging on today was exciting!
@tails: the blue lagoon looks INCREDIBLE.Was it busy? The Fjords on the top of my list!
@eapau1: I think we’re going to tour the golden circle too. My parents have done it and really want to go back. We’re going in January, but we’re definately outdoors people and LOVE winter activities, so looking for hiking, snowshoeing, ski trekking, etc.
@jlc3: Thanks sooo much for the pics! I love seeing people’s individual trips- and HOW AMAZING is your brothers house?! My dream is to live in a house like that some day!
@pinkshoes: Also thanks for the pics!! What time of year did you go? That third waterfall pic is soooo cool! Is it the same on where you are sitting/standing…Litlanesfos I think you wrote? Thanks again for the link- so helpful!
@sienna76: I know! I’m really hoping to see the lights too. We’re going to visit my sister, who moved there to be with her norweigian boyfriend (who she met in ecuador lol- she gets around!). She’s said she’s seen them a couple of times, but we should have good luck since we’re planning on doing a multi-day hut-to-hut ski trip, and you tend to see them more in the country than in Trondheim where she is.
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@FoolsintheRain: the third one ( the one with the rainbow, right?) is skogarfoss on the south. lithenfoss is on the east side.
Post # 10
@FoolsintheRain: I’ve been to Norway 3 times (I have family there). If you are in the Stavanger region I highly suggest taking a boat trip down Lysefjord, and maybe rent a car and venture up the mountain.
Also, if you’re adventurous, you can hike up to Preikestolen. Next time I go I plan to do this!! My Dad has, as well as my family there, and it looks breathtaking! 🙂
Here’s a pic from the top of Preikestolen –
Post # 11
Commenting to save this thread- both Norway and Iceland are high on our list of where to travel next. They both look incredible!
Post # 12
@FoolsintheRain: oh wait, no.. sorry. The thrid one… of course, the ones with the columns. No, that one is in stakefell national park, much closer to Reykavik than Lithanfoss.
Post # 13
@pinkshoes: I was wondering what you meant by rainbow! lol. Thanks! Its definately going on the list- super neat rock formations!
@PinkElephants21: that looks incredible! Is the hike hard?
Post # 14
@FoolsintheRain: From what I’ve heard it is somewhat challenging, and it takes all day. I think it takes around 2-3 hours to get up there depending on how many breaks you take. Here’s a site describing it better 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
We’re going to Norway, Sweden and Iceland for our honeymoon in February!! Commenting to follow :D.
Post # 16
we went to Oslo for FI’s conference this summer. we mostly stayed in the city since he had to work every day, but did some exploring around the area. Oslo itself is beatiful!! there are a lot of landmarks, like the Nobel Peace Prize center, City Hall, Opera House, etc. I’d love to go back one day to do a fjord cruise. Oslo has a small fjord, but its nothing like the ones on the west end of the country.