Last summer we traveled to Norway and it’s been one of our favorite trips ever. There was nothing we didn’t like about this beautiful country and the beautiful people who live there.
Norway wasn’t on my radar, like at all, and then one day I saw a photo of the Lofoten Islands on Instagram and we instantly put Norway on our list. In December, Norwegian Air ran a sale on flights. Clearly the Universe was speaking to us.
Our lodging was all over the place with this trip. We spent three days in an Oslo Airbnb and four days at a idyllic little cabin at Vinje Camping, waking up to a gorgeous view of the Geirangerfjord.
It rained almost our entire time at Geiranger, but we still hiked every day. The fog, like the scenery, was very dramatic - it moves fast and you feel like you are in another world.
The restaurants that I recommend in the Geirangerfjord area are Westerås Gard; they have the most amazing fish soup. Friaren Bistro, it’s right along the water and comes with comfy blankets for outdoor seating. We also love Cafe Ole.
After our time at the Geiranger, we drove 18 hours to Bodø. 18 hours with our two eight year old daughters. No internet, no devices, no movies. But we survived.
We were able to break up that time by wild camping for two nights. Wild camping in Norway is free and freeing. It’s simple and basic. It’s magical in the sense that you are completely surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife.
The highlight of our trip and the main reason we came to Norway was Lofoten Islands. We had to take a three hour ferry ride from Bodø to get to Lofoten Islands.
I’m serious when I say, please put the Lofoten Islands on your bucket list. It’s jaw dropping beautiful. Lofoten is filled with fishing huts, wild campers, happy people, sharp dagger-like peaks and trolls. Okay, we didn’t actually see any trolls, but I’m pretty sure elves and trolls both live there. If I were either of those, I’d live there.
Some fantastic restaurants to try if you ever find yourself there:
Himmel og Havn at the fishing village Ballstad. It’s a great place to hang out and have a nice fish meal. It’s on the water and exactly what you’d envision a charming Scandinavian restaurant to look like.
Skjærbrygga in the fishing village Stamsund. It’s a really nice place to eat and amuch cherished
place for locals. They serve fresh fish from the sea.
Kaikanten Kro is a restaurant/pub in the small fishing villageUre
For great fish burgers, check out Anitas Sjømat in Sakrisøy.
We believe travel is essential. You don’t have to make a lot of money in order to travel. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
If you’re looking to create the financial freedom to travel you need to look at where you are currently and the current lifestyle you live. You should know where you want to be financially in life and set priorities and goals in order to achieve them. Take baby steps to reach those goals and once you do, set new goals.
Traveling smart is also important, unless you have enough disposable income that traveling expenses are not something you need to worry about. For us, a family of four, we need to take that into consideration. To do this, we look to credit cards that offer points on travel. We are big into the points game; we are very intentional but also aggressive in regards to which cards we select and use. I would say 60% of our travel is almost always covered with points. Sometimes our entire trip is covered with points.
The thing with travel is, the more you do it, the more you crave it. And when that happens, having points really does help. I also recommend that you buy flights when airlines run deals.
We think it’s really important to make the time for yourself to enjoy travel. You owe it to your body and your soul to give it the rest and recharge that it needs from time to time. In our opinion, conquering those goals will be much easier with a mind that is clear and free.
This world we live in is so incredible and we are the lucky inhabitants of it. And it’s there for us to appreciate, to discover, and to live off of. That’s a really beautiful thing friends.
If you’d like to read more and see more images from our Norway trip, you can check out our blog post on it here.
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