Today, my wife and I are traveling to Norway. Getting to this point has been quite a long process.
It began with my decision to begin learning Norwegian using Duolingo about a year ago. I have been fascinated with the Scandinavian culture for quite a long time. Decorah, IA, one of Erin and my favorite places to visit, is steeped in Norwegian culture and is home to the Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American Museum. Since Duolingo offered Norwegian as an option, I dived in.
An eventual trip to Norway was in the back of my mind. After all, if I’m going to spend my time and effort learning the language, I would like my eventual reward. The reward came much sooner than I expected!
Our trip is centered around two hikes: the Trolltunga (featured photo) and Pulpit Rock (below).
After we spend Wednesday in Bergen, we will use Thursday to get ourselves inland to a place called Odda, where we will stay two nights at an AirBnB (all of our stays in Norway will be at AirBnB’s). We will spend all day Thursday hiking to the Trolltunga. It will take us approximately 6 hours to hike to it, at which point we will probably enjoy the scenery and take pictures for an hour or two, and then a 4 hour hike back. We will need to pack in our water and food for the day using my trusty backpack. If it isn’t too windy, maybe I can snap a picture like the one featured.
On Saturday, we will spend much of the day traveling to Stavenger, where we will stay three nights. We plan to enjoy the weekend in Stavenger, and then hike Pulpit Rock on Monday so that we can avoid the weekend crowds. Pulpit Rock is much less technical and much more tourist friendly (as you can tell by the picture above).
On Tuesday, we will make our way back to Bergen. Hopefully, this return trip will be by ferry, so that we can enjoy the beautiful fjords of Norway. We will enjoy three nights in Bergen before we travel home on Friday, May 25.
During our stay in Bergen, I plan to check out the Sentrum Ju Jitsu Klubb and roll with some Norwegians. By that time, I will be itching to roll!
Upon my return to the states on Friday, May 25th, I will get in late and need a good night’s rest, as I will be riding the Cottonwood 200 over the next three days. What better way to get acclimated to the time-zone and weather here in Kansas? Jet lag be damned!