Oslo did not quite have the draw for me that Stockholm did. Stockholm was a pristine city that I fell in love with as soon as we got off the bus from the airport. I found Oslo to be, quite frankly, dirty and I felt about as safe as I do in Joburg. We also tried visiting the Edvard Munch museum, walking about an hour across the city only to arrive at a museum that was closed. It started raining as we read the sign. The royal palace was about the only tourist draw card Oslo had for me was the Royal Palace.
The railway between Oslo and Bergen is called the railway over the roof of Norway. It is a stunning journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery this world has to offer.
We opted to take this route via the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Oslo to Bergen. I was rather apprehensive about this tour as the reviews for it seem to cover all the tours done by Fjord Tours. However it turned out to be an amazing experience. We also made use of the Porter Service recommended on the website (again another leap of faith) and it worked perfectly!
The day turned out to be thirteen hours of breath-taking scenery. Make sure you pack for all weather though! We didn’t quite put two and two together that the mountainous regions would be significantly colder than Olso…
Bergen was the final stop of our Scandinavian leg of my Northern Lights dream. I’d read about the Bergen bryggen, but didn’t quite realise what an interesting maze of quaint restaurants and stores it is. Aside from the beautiful store front. We spent only a single night in Bergen and I would say that this is the one regret I have: I would have loved to have taken an extra day just to walk around the city. The little bit of it that I saw looked interesting and beautiful.