Day 1 - 1 Mar 2019
Content: We reached Oslo Airport which was very impressive in construction. The signboards are visible from a long distance itself. There are a huge duty-free shop and many beautiful shops available inside the airport. We caught a train from Oslo's Gardermoen airport to the central train station downtown, Oslo. It was the fastest way to reach the town.
Content: We reached the railway station within 20 minutes. The journey was very comfortable. The station was very big and interesting. There are lots of transportation facilities available just outside the station. We walked for about 10 minutes to reach our hotel.
Content: We checked into the Thon Hotel Terminus which occupied a spot very close to the Oslo Central Station. The staff welcomed us kindly and provided a beautiful room. The room was very comfortable with a maintained bed and pillows. We took some time to deal with jetlag. We set this noon of the day for a short stroll around the city.
Content: After lunch, we stopped at Karl Johans Gate. It was Norway’s most well-known and busiest thoroughfare. We got impressed at first sight itself. The area was stretched from Central Station to the Royal Palace. The streets were lined with classical buildings. We came across some public buildings such as the National Theater, the Norwegian Parliament building, and the University of Oslo. There are many departmental stores as well as many eateries available. We got many amazing pictures.
Content: Next, we came across a dark brown brick building, Oslo’s City Hall. The building was packed with magnificent murals and artworks. It was a well-known place for the famous Nobel Prize Ceremony. On the first floor, there was a mural painting that illustrates the history of Norway. The Munch Room and Banquet Hall are the most amazing parts of the building. We got to admire every corner of the building.
Content: We moved to Akershus Fortress, another major attraction located in the town. It consists of a castle, historic buildings, and museums. The museums showcased many military-related things. A visit to this spot for a perfect journey through the history of Norway. We got many pictures and memories.
Content: We visited the Oslo Opera House and Barcode Project, our last destination of the day. It was a huge place with three performance spaces for opera, ballet, and concerts. We climbed the roof of the building to view the entire city. It was a perfect spot to get observe the ‘Barcode Project’. We enjoyed the modern architecture of the building.
Content: We had dinner from Døgnvill Burger. We had one Birdie Num Num and chili ribs. The dishes are amazing in taste and presentation. The meat was well-cooked and coated perfectly in the sauce. We loved the service and the food.
Day 2 - 2 Mar 2019
Content: We started our second day in Oslo by grabbing delightful breakfast from the hotel. Our first destination of the day was Holmenkollen Ski Jump Arena. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Norway. It was an ultimate activity at Oslo. From the Holmenkollen metro station, we took a 10-minute walk uphill to the foot of the jumping hill Homenkollbakken. The view from the tower was magnificent as well as scary. The outdoor viewing platform offered breathtaking views of the Oslo. The Holmenkollen Ski Museum is located right side which is made up of steel. It was the oldest museum of this kind that showcased wide ranges of pictures of the history of skiing. The museum also displays various types of skis and very informative insight into the history of skiing. We really enjoyed the place.
Content: Then we moved to the Norsk Folkemuseum or Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. It is the best place to learn about the history of Norway. We had great fun attending traditionally dressed artisans demonstrate age-old crafts such as pottery, weaving, and the making of candles. The most highlighted part of the museum was the Old Town. Then we headed towards the Viking Ship Museum.
Content: This is one of the famous attractions in Oslo that displays the world's oldest Viking Ship. In the museum, we could see three main ships on display thus as the Oseberg, the Gokstad, and the Tune. The Oseberg was very attractive with the carvings of dragon and serpent. The Gokstad was the largest among the three. The other exhibits include sleds, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets, and additional grave goods. We enjoyed walking around the Museum.
Content: Our last stop was at Vigeland Sculpture Park which is Oslo's largest park. The park includes fascinated collections of sculptures. The statue of a man attacked by babies and an Angry Boy was highly popular. There were a beautiful fountain and a The Sundial at the park. The stroll around the park was amazing to see many theme statues.
Content: We had a wonderful dinner from Lorry Restaurant. It was pretty good to try Norwegian dishes. We had freshly steamed mussels in a tomato-based white wine sauce. It was amazing in taste. The meat was very fresh and well-cooked. We enjoyed dinner in the ambience of the hotel. Then, we returned to the hotel.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: We checked out the hotel and headed to Oslo station. Our Norway in the Nutshell journey started from Oslo. We catch a train from Oslo to Myrdal. We got a set of tickets and we are most responsible for getting point to point. It was purely independent tour without a guide.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: We reached Myrdal, the trip takes about 4.5 hours journey through the scenic pathway. The scenery was really nice from the second half of the ride. We get off from the train in the mountain town of Myrdal. We got an hour to relax at the beauty of Myrdal. There was a cafe where we got some snacks and drinks.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: We took a train from Myrdal to Flam. It was a very beautiful journey that lasted for about 45 minutes. We crossed beautiful mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and tiny little villages. Moreover, we passed through different tunnels. The train stopped at Kjosfossen to watch some waterfalls. Both sides of the track were filled with the beauty of nature. We checked into a hotel near to the station.
Day 4 - 4 Mar 2019
Content: After exploring around the Flam port, we got on a ferry for the next destination of the trip. The cruise on Aurlandsfjord and Naroyfjord was our favourite part. The Aurlandsfjord is the arm of the world’s second-longest fjord, the Sognefjord. It is well-known as the most picturesque fjord. We sailed through a narrow gap in between beautiful mountains. The way was packed with tall and steep mountains. We enjoyed the ride by clicking pictures.
Day 4 - 4 Mar 2019
Content: We boarded a bus from Gudvangen to Voss. The bus took us to the town of Voss. We travelled through the scenic pathway. The roads were very curvy and scary. It was an amazing experience.
Day 4 - 4 Mar 2019
Content: Our journey ended at Bergen railway station. Another train journey from Voss to Bergen was also amazing.
Content: We checked into the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen. It was a modern and newly renovated hotel very close to the station. The bed and room service was good. The rooms are spacious enough. The service was excellent.
Day 5 - 5 Mar 2019
Content: After breakfast, we headed towards Bryggen. It is the house to many brightly coloured wooden boathouses. These buildings are used for restaurants, tourist offices, and hotels. It was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many narrow alleyways and passages within Bryggen that are fun to explore. It was the best place to start our day. We took many photos of colourful buildings. We could walk in between wooden buildings to experience the glory of the place.
Content: We moved to Bergenhus Fortress which is situated very close to the entrance to Bergen's harbour. It looked like an old fort made up of stone. There was a small museum that exhibits information about the Fortress itself, and details of other conflicts Norway has been part of. The spot gave us more pieces of information about history and culture.
Content: On the way to Mount Floyen, we had lunch. It was known that Bergen was surrounded by The Seven Mountains; one of the easily accessible ones is Mount Floyen. It was a good decision to hike the mountain. The view from the top was breathtaking and amazing. We saw many hairy goats at the top of the hill. We enjoyed the hike by clicking photos of the natural beauty.
Content: We visited KODE Museum one of the largest among many museums in Bergen. The building was impressive with 4 separate buildings with extensive collections of art and designs. The first one featured fine crafts and designs whereas the second one acts as the main venue for temporary exhibitions. The famous Ramus Meyers Collection and the works of Edvard Munch are exhibited in the 3rd building. And the fourth one is the favourite among the children, the Art museum with Art Lab.
Content: We ended our day at Bergen Fish Market located near to the harbour. We could saw many types of fresh seafood on the way inside the market. There is a lot of restaurant-style space where you can sit down to have a meal. We ordered fish from the shop, they cooked up on the spot and served. The fish was amazing in taste and fresh. We had many varieties of fish cooked in Norwegian style. We finished our dinner and headed back to the hotel.
Day 6 - 6 Mar 2019
Content: After breakfast, we wandered through the streets of Bergen. We came across many local people from them we learn more about the place. We did some shopping and tried some more varieties of fish from the market. After lunch, we checked out the hotel and headed towards the airport to catch a flight to Tromso.
Day 6 - 6 Mar 2019
Content: We got a direct flight from Bergen to Tromso which took about 2-hours journey for us. The only disappointment we had was the airport doesn't have any currency exchange stores. The transportation facility at the airport was limited.
Content: We checked into the Scandic Ishavshotel located at the centre of the city. The rooms are highly in international standards. The rooms are very spacious with all amenities. We got impressed with both interiors as well as exterior beauty. The on-site restaurant itself offered varieties of dishes include sea foods. We had dinner from the restaurant.
Day 7 - 7 Mar 2019
Content: We started to explore Tromso after breakfast from the hotel. We started with a fjord cruise on the first day. It was one of the best things we experienced in Tromso. It was a 5 hours journey to experience the most beautiful fjord around Tromso. It was a very friendly activity. We had lunch and some mean time snacks.
Content: We came back to town to explore some major attractions around the city. We walked around the streets to explore Tromso Library, Tromso cathedral, and Cathedral of our Lady. We could see many shops along the main streets, perfect for shopping. The Tromso Library was very attractive in its style of construction. Then we walked back to the harbour to visit the Polar Museum which is the most famous spot. It offered a fascinating look into Arctic trapping and hunting and the early polar explorers. We wander around the town to explore the place.
Content: We enjoyed a sledding ride as the reindeer guide instructed us to ride around the valley. We got the opportunity to feed those animals. It was a really fun filled experience. On the way, we met many Sami people. A lovely dinner was set on site with hot and delicious traditional meals.
Day 8 - 8 Mar 2019
Content: The day starts with a beautiful breakfast. We headed towards Tromso Ice Domes. It was located in an amazing location surrounded by natural beauty. At the place, the snow and ice art reflect the unique bond between man and nature. The ice bars, ice cinema, the ice bedrooms, and ice restaurants have themes ranging from local Sami culture to the Northern Lights conveyed through beautiful coloured lighting and wonderful ice sculptures. It was an unforgettable experience on our trip. We had lunch from an ice restaurant. It was a beautiful place really enjoyed.
Content: We moved towards Polaria which is the northernmost famous aquarium. It was small in size but a lot to see. It was set for educational purposes. The children will love this place. The best part of the aquarium was the feeding of the bearded seals. They exhibit small educational films related to Northern lights and Svalbard. At the entrance, we saw a huge whale sculpture that attracted most of the travellers.
Content: Our day ended with the Northern Lights. Tromso was the best place to see Northern light. The Northern lights are also referred to as the Aurora Borealis, it was a natural flash across the sky. It was very beautiful to see natural phenomena with bare eyes. We had dinner at the hotel.
Day 9 - 9 Mar 2019
Content: Another most famous activity in Tromso is Husky Shedding. We loved this activity. The landscape around the city was incredible and the ride was just awesome. We just sat in a sled and enjoyed the ride. There are self-ride as well as guided ride available for travellers. We opt for a guided one so that we could enjoy and admire the scenic way. It was a must thing during a visit in winter. After ride, we got enough time to spend with Husky puppies and play with them. They are very friendly.
Content: We returned to the town to set the remaining day to explore the eastern part of the city. Our next destination was the Arctic Cathedral. It was very majestic from the exterior. The triangular structure of the cathedral made it unique from others. The cathedral is set on the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. We got impressed with the interior decorations of the cathedral.
Content: It was a highly recommended activity while in Tromso. It is the best way to view the top of the mountains. The view from the top of the mountain was extraordinary. There are many hiking paths on the top, we took a short walk around the place. We reached the top before getting dark so that we could experience both evening and night views. It was a great experience.
Day 10 - 10 Mar 2019
Content: After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the airport to catch our flight to home town. We reached the airport and the security check was completed very fast. The airport was very neat and clean. The Departure Hall is located on the 2nd floor while the check-in hall is located on the 1st floor together which is the arrivals hall. The airport was crowded so that we couldn't find any waiting seats. We simply wandered around the airport to kill time.