It’s been almost a year now since I had the pleasure to come to Balestrand for the first time. I had my EVS arrival training here, so it wasn’t by choice. Yet I’m glad I came. Together with forty other young people from Europe, I spent a week here learning about EVS, Norwegian culture and traditions.
like swimming in a 4°C water…
We were hosted by Gard and Tuba, two amazing trainers which are also the owners of the Cider house. And yes, they make cider, and a very good one.
Even though back then I thought I would never have reasons to return, here I am again. I got a summer job in Balestrand, which means I had plenty of time to enjoy nature and take some awesome shots.
or to make friends…
The village of Balestrand is a famous summer attraction, being visited every year by people from USA, Germany or England. It seems a bit strange to me that a place like Balestrand, which is bringing more and more tourists from abroad every year, is not that known by Norwegians.
By the way, regarding booking a place to stay, Kringsjå hotel is the best deal!
PS: St Olaf’s church was an inspiration for the Disney film Frozen
You may be wondering why people come in such great numbers in such a small place. Well, it’s all because how reconnected with nature one can feel here. Balestrand stands where the mountains meet the fiord, in Norway’s largest fiord, Sognefjorden (also the second longest in the world). Having high mountains with amazing views so close by, it cannot come as a surprise to anyone that hiking is the main activity here.
Speaking of hiking, I once walked 20 km and hiked 10 more just for this view.(Photo by:Jonathan Thorstensson)
If you want to enjoy Sognefjord I advise you to take the ferry to Bergen. It’s a long journey, taking four hours, but I promise you, it’s worth it! Something else you could do is rent a boat or a canoe, whichever one suits you, on Sognefjord Akvarium. And you can also have a nice meal there.
PS: I go there for the cakes:X
I haven’t been in Lofoten yet, but some people think it has similar views to Balestrand. Unfortunately, Lofoten is too crowded during the summer while Balestrand is quite peaceful.
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to come back for three days in Bergen, Norway. The main reason was photographing my first Norwegian wedding but I also enjoyed seeing my favorite city again .
Even if I lived for almost one year in Oslo, for me, Bergen is more impressive. The second largest city in Norway, Bergen has an amazing architecture, with lovely colorful houses and narrow streets. (Click the pictures for full size)
And beautiful street art!
If you like hiking you can do a easy one in a way to the Floien Mountain where you will get a beautiful view. If you don’t, then the best way to get there is by funicular.
On my way to the top I found this cute cat^^
PS: Fun fact regarding hiking and Norwegians. The tradition on Sundays in Bergen is to hike all seven mountains around all day. And don’t think that they have picnic on the top or something. They take maximum 10 minutes break in the top of each mountain. What a work out!
Of course, some of them are relaxing in their boats…
After this trip I got hungry so I went to the fish market. If you like the sea food, that’s the place to be! And by the way, if you are going there before closing time, you can get a 50% discount for food.
PS: I tried sushi for the first time in my life. I fall in love with them!
Bergen is so beautiful but has one think that I don’t like that much. Rain, a lot of rain. So be prepared. Is raining so many times in a day that I stopped counting. And of course, I had a lot of rain while I was shooting the wedding . Actually I had all kinds of weather that day. Actually three hours.
In the evening I had a walk in the most charm street, Bryggen. With love, from Bergen!