Norway Round two: Our Sailing Adventure in Norway
You might have seen our previous blogpost on our trip to Norway, we couldn’t get enough so we decided to visit again. This time The Wall Street Journal are joining us on a sailing adventure in Norway, featuring a dreamscape of mountains, fjords, whales, eagles and total silence…this area is about as good as it gets for me! It sums up our motto, to “do something different” perfectly…
Watch our Sailing Adventure in Norway with the WSJ here:
I watch as Stan, the WSJ journalist, comes through the very tiny airport in Alesund, Norway. His expression is like a kid starting a new school – wide-eyed and not sure what to expect, but ready to taste all Norway has to offer.
Our base is Alesund – a beautiful fishing village nestled perfectly on the west coast of Norway. Just as you would imagine – the pastel-coloured houses, wonderful old sailing and fishing boats, cobbled streets and quaint channels of water running through the village out to the vast and wild Norwegian sea.
After a seven-course dinner of seafood and traditional dishes, including Cod tongue (“surprisingly lovely!”), I gently rolled into bed full to the gills!
Our noble steed
After a peaceful night’s sleep listening to the ocean roll just outside my window, we jumped on our mode of transport for the day: a stunning restored sailboat, it was sat there waiting for us to begin our sailing adventure in Norway. Originally designed in the late 1800s, it was a beautiful vessel. I have to admit I’m a self confessed non-sailor, but this boat had me chomping at the bit to get going! Once we got into the fjords, the water was so still it was like a giant mirror. So flat, so calm, and the contrast of the massive mountains punching out of the 800m fjord was one of the most magical and dramatic sights I have ever seen; I was spellbound!
After a few hours of gliding through the fjords it was time to jump in the sea kayaks, to immerse myself in the landscape and get up close and personal with the wildlife! Orca, eagles and salmon were in abundance and seemed oblivious as we glided by. Words fail to explain the impact this has on your senses – I was numb in my own private dream of nature at her finest.
There is something so simple and so majestic about drifting effortlessly through the fjords. I felt so small against this incredible landscape. Didrick, our Momentum guide, said that the joy of this trip was about a Norwegian tradition, ‘Hygge’ meaning “creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life, with good people”. It summed up the moment perfectly, the power of doing nothing is extraordinary. Why? Because how often do we do really do nothing?! It just feels good!
Our sailing adventure in Norway continues…
Our journey continued out towards a distant lighthouse in the Norwegian sea. We had been offered a helicopter to transport us. Within twenty minutes of soaring over archipelagos, remote villages and wild mountains, we landed softly on a tiny island with a stunning lighthouse and those pastel-coloured cabins dotted here and there. Island paradise has taken on a new meaning! As I walk towards a small barn nestled in the rock, I meet the cook who has just at that moment pulled 4 huge fish and a selection of crabs and lobster out of the water – all caught 6 feet from where we are standing. Within minutes he had prepared the fish and shellfish and before I knew it I was looking out over the ocean, a glass of wine in hand and a mountain of this incredible seafood before me. All whilst watching the sun set over the sea.
There are just so many wonderful elements to this trip, so many hidden gems we weren’t expecting. I love Norway simply for the fact it defies expectation and opens up a world I never knew existed. Safe, beautiful, calm, and the people and culture and just so beautiful and kind. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this incredible region.
Joins us to escape the ordinary… and expect the unexpected!
Read the full WSJ article on their experience with us over on their website.