|DAY 1: Journey to Brussels (20th May 2015)
– Flight Oporto to Brussels Zaventem (Ryanair): 24.50€
|DAY 2: Arrival in Oslo (21st May 2015)|
– Flight Brussels Charleroi to Oslo Rygge (Ryanair): 8.15€
– Oslo Rygge Airport to Oslo (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
– Oslo train station – Bygdøy – Oslo train station (bus): 60 NOK (7.30€)
|DAY 3: Oslo to Rjukan (22nd May 2015)|
– Car Rental (Hertz): 437.62€ (4 days, delivery in a different location)
|DAY 4: Rjukan to Bergen (23rd May 2015)|
– Jondal – Torvikbygd: 192 NOK (23.3€/car + 3 adults)
|DAY 5: Bergen to Sandnes (24th May 2015)|
– Arsvagen – Mortavika: 247 NOK (30€/car + 3 adults)
– Halhjem – Sandvikvag: 396 NOK (48€/car + 3 adults)
|DAY 6: Hike to Preikestolen (25th May 2015)|
– Lauvvik – Oanes: 157 NOK (19€/car + 3 adults)
– Tau – Stavanger: 295 NOK (35.8€/car + 3 adults)
Transport and Accommodation:
|DAY 7: Oslo – Beauvais – Home (26th May 2015)|
– Oslo Bus Terminal to Oslo Rygge Airport (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
– Flight Oslo Rygge to Paris Beauvais (Ryanair): 16.92€
– Flight Paris Beauvais to Oporto (Ryanair): 22.84€
We officially began our trip to Norway on 21st May 2015. The five of us (BG, ES, MG, JB and I) went by car to Brussels South Charleroi Airport to catch the airplane to Oslo. Although we had left home one hour later than we had planned and we had caught some traffic due to roadworks, we managed to arrive at the airport on time. We still had to wait a few minutes for the boarding gate to be displayed.
We landed at Oslo Rygge Airport on time. That airport is quite small! It was very easy to find the express bus to Oslo (Ekspressen), it was parked right outside the airport.
There was too much people to take that bus, therefore, instead of one, there were two buses leaving the airport at the same time.
Bus number 30 is just one of the transports that goes to Bygdøy peninsula, also called the museum peninsula. Another way to go there is by ferry, from the quay in front of the City Hall. The trip by ferry is cheaper than the one by bus and it may be a more enjoyable journey. However, since we were a bit far from the quay and the quay in Bygdøy is a bit far from the museums that we wanted to visit, we would lost more time going by ferry.We left the bus in front of the “Vikingskipshuset” (Viking Ship Museum). This is a small, but quite interesting museum, especially if you want to learn something about Vikings and see some of their ships and instruments. Luckily, there was a huge locker where we left our luggage while we visited the museum. The visit took us about 1 hour.
Next, we went to “Norsk Folkemuseum” (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), which is right next to Viking Ship Museum. We arrived there one hour before closing, therefore we had a discount on the entrance fee. However, there were some buildings that were already closed and we saw only one host in traditional folk dress welcoming us, there was another host who was already leaving. Although the main building closes at 18:00, the Open-Air Museum can be visited until 20:00.
Once again, we left our luggage in the lockers. But, as the museum building closes at 18:00, we had to go there pick up our things. However, we were very lucky. Right after we had passed the ticket validator, to go back to the Open-Air Museum, we saw a trolley that we then used to carry our bags and MG, too.
We first visited the Gol Stave Church, where a host welcomed us. One of the things that we first noticed in the buildings around the church were their roofs covered by plants. Although it is not for that reason, that way the houses looked much more integrated in the surrounded environment.We saw the interior of the village houses, the animals grazing in the farm, we peeked through the windows of several buildings that were already closed, such as the Norwegian Pharmacy Museum and the bank. And we saw several more things, such as the Sami site, the herb garden and the French garden.
The Norsk Folkemuseum is quite big! To see it thoroughly we would need much more time. It seems to be a nice place to spend a whole day. The Open-Air Museum has several buildings that represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between social classes and town and country. There are picnic tables where one can enjoy an outdoor lunch, as well as a playground for children.
We left the museum, caught the bus 30, walked the distance between the bus stop and Oslo Hotel Apartments, which was the place where we stayed.
During this walk, the majority of the people we saw was from Asia, there were only a few Norwegians. Even the hotel receptionist was Asian!
After we checked in the hotel, we went to the supermarket to buy some food for dinner.
The hotel kitchenette was really small and was equipped with only the very basic kitchen utensils, lacking, for example, a kitchen knife. Moreover, the bathroom’s door was right next to the kitchenette.
However, all those limitations didn’t prevent JB from preparing us a delicious meal – cod with couscous accompanied with broccoli.
And that was our first day in Norway.