A n s i c h t e n
In july and august of 2012 I travelled to Norway, to the southern part of that beautiful country. My name is Insa Wulf and at the following pages I want to show you what I have seen, I want to tell you what I experienced, give you an impression of the atmosphere. Maybe you find some inspiration, maybe you fall in love with some beautiful landscape. Most of all I want to encourage you to travel and explore new places. And until then: feel the different moods in this little book.
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Oslo„Oslo is the capital of and most populous city in Norway. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III,
the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V around 1300. [...] After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, the city was moved closer to Akershus Castle during the reign of King Christian IV and renamed Christiania in his honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. Following a spelling reform, it was known as Kristiania from 1877 to 1925, when its original Norwegian name was restored. [...] Oslo is considered a global city and ranked „Beta World City“ in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. It was ranked number one in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi Magazine. [...] In 2009, however, Oslo regained its status as the world‘s most expensive city. A survey conducted by ECA International in 2011 placed Oslo 2nd after Tokyo.“ source: Wikipedia Oslo vibrates. Under the surface. The stuff you see on the surface are the millions of thousands of construction areas and building sites. The city center is like... exploding. But people don‘t seem to care. They are all just ‚cool‘, ‚relaxed‘ and unimpressed. Besides this they are all superdressed, perfect-looking people. Sometimes even (the few) homeless and beggars are more chique then all the ordinary travellers :D. Yeah, Oslo offers a wide range of stuff to see. I recommend the art museums and I guess the other museums a little outside are worth more than a look. I chose the wiking ship museum, which has been really impressive. Seeing the things they have put in the ship as pieces of grave furniture really is interesting. On the other hand you can enjoy totally new architecture in Oslo. Or maybe you better call it the future of architecture, so clean and... futuristic. On the contrary there are Grønland and Grünerløkka, which represent some sort of alternative, different and maybe not that clean lifestyle. Much more relaxed, not as clean as in the futuristic parts of Oslo ( ...though in other cities you couldn‘t consider them unclean). Travel to Oslo because of the different faces of the city!
Kristiansand „Kristiansand is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. Kristiansand municipality is the 5th largest in Norway with a population of 82,562 as of 1 April 2011. The Kristiansand urban area, entirely located in the municipality, had a population of 67,547 on 1 January 2009, and is thus the 8th largest urban area in Norway. “ source: Wikipedia. Kristiansand is filled with normal people. In the zoo. But don‘t tell anyone!
Stavanger & Preikestolen „Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. Although the fourth largest city, Stavanger is the third largest urban zone in Norway and the administrative centre of Rogaland county. Located on the Stavanger peninsula in Southwest Norway, Stavanger counts its official founding year as 1125, the year the Stavanger cathedral was completed. Stavanger‘s core is to a large degree 17th and 18th century wooden houses that are considered part of the city‘s cultural heritage and these are hence protected. [...] Today the oil industry is a key industry in the Stavanger region and the city is widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.“
„Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher‘s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå (“the carpenter-plane’s blade”), is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. The tourism at the site has been increasing, around 2012, the plateau was each year visited by between 150,000 and 200,000 people who took the 3.8 km (2.4 mi.) hike to Preikestolen, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.“ source: Wikipedia. I did so, too. Went to Stavanger for climbing the Pulpit Rock. If you want to stay at the cheapest hostel you really need to plan a lot of time finding St.Vithun Hostel. But it‘s worth it, clean and best breakfast I ever had at a hostel in Norway. Climbing or let‘s say hiking Preikestolen is awesome. Get out, see the nature, go through clouds. I met Chris on the ferry, we did the tour together. But yeah... the path is filled with people, not really individual travelling (It has been raining all day, don‘t want to know how many people are up there when the sun is shining). The view is worth everything. Having coffee in one of the little cafés in Stavanger afterwards is totally recommended in this nice cozy town.
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Bergen „Bergen is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. As of 3 September 2012, the municipality had a population of 266,500 and Greater Bergen had a population of 392,000, making Bergen the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers an area of 465 square kilometers (180 sq mi) and is located on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen.“ source: Wikipedia. Bergen is big, colourful and crowded. They have good coffee, an impressive old town called Bryggen which is where the Hanse people lived and nice views from the mountains that surround the city. Also please don‘t forget to visit the Art Museum! It‘s awesome, I totally got lost there. Go to Bergen folks, get lost in this nice city, the streets, old and new ones; so many possibilities! And don‘t miss to talk with the other travellers! Bergen and Oslo might have been the cities with the most essential encounters that I made during my trip to Norway. 65 year old Thai-Ladies and fish-donating man...
Bergen Bergen. At the sea.
Eidfjord „Eidfjord is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Eidfjord was separated from Ulvik May 1, 1891. (Eidfjord was merged with Ullensvang from January 1, 1964 to January 1, 1977.) Eidfjord has two townships, Eidfjord and Øvre Eidfjord. Eidfjord is the municipality center situated by Eidfjorden, and is a major cruise harbour. Eidfjord has several tourist sites, like the Sima Power Plant built into the mountain itself, the waterfall Vøringsfossen with a free fall of 182 m and large parts of Europe‘s largest mountain plateau, Hardangervidda. Here is also the Hardangervidda Natursenter.“ source: Wikipedia.
No idea why you should travel to this place. The journey itself is exciting for the first one or two hours but after that it‘s nearly the same all the time. If you are young it easily gets boring. I guess travelling with at least two people there would be best. Otherwise you feel lost. As I did. Maybe I will come back when I am about 70-80 years old when beeing able to appreciate viewing (nearly the same) landscape for 10 hours. But right now... you need to make it interesting yourself. Please don‘t misunderstand me, the landscape, the nature, the fjords are awesome! Magnificent. Maravilloso. Only the trip lasting 11 hours was way too much. I tried to focus on taking photos...
Ålesund „Ålesund is a town and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of
the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.“ source: Wikipedia
In fact Ålesund is really beautiful (> Art Nouveau everywhere!). But above all it is calm. If you are in search of a city that feels like at the end of the universe, just go directly to Ålesund. End of the world might be five minutes around. Otherwise you can‘t explain to yourself why there are so very few people in the streets during the weekend. Petter from Bergen explained to me that Ålesund might belong to the Bible Belt, when I told him of the very weird and creepy breakfast buffet at our Youth Hostel in Ålesund: Above the breakfast plate with cheese, bread and stuff is a big, very intense picture portraying the face of Jesus who is suffering on the cross with the crown of dorns and blood all over while the radio played Bob Marley‘s Greatest Hits „No woman No cry“...
Trondheim „Trondheim, historically, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county,
Norway. With a population of 176,348, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway and city in the country, although the fourth largest urban area. It is the administrative centre of Sør-Trøndelag county. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the river Nidelva. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, St. Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions.“ source: Wikipedia. A great city to hang around where you can have coffee at tiny little cafés at the eastern part of the city center. The inter rail center Trondheim is THE place to stay if you are travelling and in need for a cheep and friendly place. It is run by students and most of the travellers are young too, so it‘s easy to get in contact. At the beginning of august a lot of future students that are in search of places to live stay at the interrail center to begin their search for flats and rooms. I strolled through Trondheim together with Danielle from California. We enjoyed the sun going down so very late, called the police because of stupid people, discovered the city and most of all: had fun travelling.