Home from Scandinavia!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hi Everyone! I am back from my amazing trip to Scandinavia.  I have been back for about a week now but have been super busy getting things organized in my apartment and finding a new internet provider! 

My trip was really REALLY good and the 2 weeks off was well spent.  We started off in Bergen, Norway where we stayed with my friend’s brother and wife.  From Bergen we traveled to Copenhagen,Denmark then to Stockholm, Sweden and then back to Norway for a full week.  Bergen was absolutely BEAUTIFUL…surrounded by mountains, water and colourful lovely houses made it such a picturesque place to be.  It did rain a lot over there and to my surprise one of the rainiest cities in Europe! We did get lucky though and were there for a few really warm days.  We also got to celebrate Norway Day (May 17th) which was really exciting.  The Norwegians take this day very seriously and celebrate with a lavish breakfast with lots of champagne and then they head to the streets to watch all of the parades and festivities.  The bars were full by noon and by night time everyone was nicely drunk and having fun.  We climbed some of the famous mountains in Bergen (floyen and ulriken) and the views from up top were incredible!! I also noticed that mountain climbing is a daily event for most Norwegians.  They were all fit and so active, we saw people cycling and running up the mountains like nobodies business, it was awesome but I felt quite lazy after watching them lol The famous fish market in Bergen was also really lovely, especially on a sunny day.  The fresh seafood was everywhere, you just pick what you want and its cooked right in front of you.  The whale meat did not look appetizing at all.





Copenhagen was another really lovely city! I have always wanted to visit Denmark as it is known as the happiest country in the world! I didn't notice that there was an abundance of happy people but I did notice that people love to drink in this city haha.  The bars basically close at 4 am or they just don’t close at all.  The streets were always so packed of people having fun. We also noticed one day that a baby was left in a stroller beside a store.  Naturally I panicked but a Danish couple stopped me and said that it was completely normal and the mom was probably just inside shopping.  Really weird eh? That behavior would not go well here in Toronto.  A lot of people also ride their bikes in Copenhagen; I swear there were more bikes than cars!  We visited this super neat area of Copenhagen called Christiania.  It’s a Freetown district that was founded in 1971 by a group of hippies who developed their own set of rules, completely independent of the Danish government.  It is a unique society within a society, but open to the public.  There are rules though such as no photographs to be taken once in the area.  I was a little hesitant about entering but to my surprise it was very friendly and laid-back place.  It wasn't just a bunch of hippies, but instead various groups of people hanging out and smoking marijuana freely, having a beer at some of the open patios, painting canvases, or just hanging out.  It was an awesome experience and a must visit if you’re in Copenhagen.











Next up was Stockholm, Sweden.  Stockholm was HUGE and beautiful. We were only there for 2 days so it was hard to walk around and see everything. The Old Town (gamla stan) was very beautiful, lots of cobblestone streets and beautiful preserved buildings.  If you wanted to shop this was your place! There was an H&M on every corner, it was insane, and I visited about 6 of them within the span of an hour lol We didn't do too much in Stockholm except walk for hours and take in the scenery.  The weather was really nice when we were there so everyone gathered in the square that was lined by beautiful cherry blossom trees. 










As for FOOD, I sadly have to say that I didn't really indulge in the Scandinavian cuisine.  Everything throughout Scandinavia was INSANLEY expensive, by far the most expensive place I have ever been to.  A beer was about 10 dollars Canadian, a mixed drink maybe 15 Canadian, a burger and fries about 28 dollars Canadian.  So to avoid being completely broke we really tried to eat cheap.  I did have some interesting fish cakes and a creamy fishy soup from a popular little spot in Norway.  In Copenhagen I visited the famous Lagkagehuset bakery and was overwhelmed by all of the delicious pastries they sold here.  I went for the one with the most chocolate in it lol








Overall an absolutely wonderful trip :)


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17 comments

  1. Good that you had a great vacation and welcome back, Natalie.

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  2. Your pictures are awesome! :) I want to go to Europe so bad!

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  3. Natalie, thank you for sharing your trip, as I really enjoyed reading about it and seeing the amazing photos you posted. A baby left outside in a stroller by itself *faint* !

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  4. Welcome back! Sounds like a wonderful trip - great pictures!

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  5. Amazing Pictures. Welcome back. What was the favourite part of your wonderful trip? Take Care, BAM

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  6. glad your back! bars full by noon and random groups of people smoking weed?! haha sounds like a vaca too me! love the pics and those desserts look amazing, glad you enjoyed your trip!

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  7. Welcome back :) Looks like your trip was wonderful...loved the pictures! I too would've panicked seeing a baby outside, but I guess it's comforting to know there are still places that are safe to do that, just not in N. America.

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  8. This sounds heavenly! I've never been outside the US, except for a very brief trip into Mexico, so this is just totally foreign to me (literally and figuratively-lol). That baby left outside freaks me out too! No one would do that in America b/c too many babies have been snatched right out from under the parents' noses--leaving one unattended would just be asking for your baby to be kidnapped. I guess that she was able to do that was a testament to the crime rate--people must be more trustworthy there. I still wouldn't risk it!

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  9. sounds great - I love how you chose the pastry by the one with the most chocolate - I would too - and your photos are beautiful - I love those cherry trees. I really need a trip to scandanavia now - my parents have just been there too and I am stuck at home boo hoo. I did get to copenhagen many years ago and love it - but now I have watched The Killing and seen sarah lund I can tell you that everyone there is not happy (ha ha) - if you haven't seen it you should get hold of the dvd because you will love it after being there even if it is a bit grim at times.

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  10. Looks amazing--What a great experience!

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  11. It looks and sounds like you had an AMAZING trip! The scenery is spectacular, and food looks pretty great too.

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  12. Wow....Bergen looks amazing! I love how the lake is enclosed by mountains - it reminds me a lot of Kelowna, this is just much greener :)
    Your trip sounds wonderful - thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

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  13. Love the pics. I'd love to go there one day too!

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  14. Amazing, beautiful, inspiring photos! Looks like the trip of a lifetime. Ah, it makes me want get out there to travel more so badly...

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  15. Hi Natalie, it's great to have you back!
    Very interesting post about your trip and gorgeous pictures.
    I always heard that Norway has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world but now it's confirmed. :)

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  16. Welcome back! I'm glad you had a good time and your pictures are stunning - absolutely amazing. Sorry to hear the food was pricey but it sounds like you found some enjoyable eats anyway :)

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