Earlier this month I spent a lovely week in Norway visiting family & friends, and was so lucky to be there on the hottest week this year to actually experience the Norwegian summer in full. What I love about the Norwegian summer is that on hot days (yes they do exist!) there is still a fresh breeze that keeps you from feeling too hot. On a day like that people tend to spend as much time as possible outside going to the nearest beach or for hikes in the beautiful nature. For me there is nothing like a long walk along the fjord to clear your head and breath in the cool air.
This particular fjord is in Sandnes where I am from, a lovely little place in the region of Rogaland. Even though it is quite small it is actually the 8th largest city in Norway and is located south of the city of Stavanger which is larger and a great place to visit.
And when we are on the subject of water, there is nothing as good as the seafood selection you find in Scandinavia! In my family we always have seafood on Friday evenings, and my dad goes to our local fisherman to purchase freshly caught prawns, crabs and lobsters on his way home from work. It is the best part of the week for sure, so good and healthy.
This time I managed to stop by the Swords in Rock! This 10 meter tall monument of three swords is placed in Hafrsfjord, Stavanger to commemorate the battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872. It is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Møllebukta area, on the inner part of the fjord where you can also find a popular beach. The monument is really impressive and a popular photo-op for tourists!
I also had a trip into Stavanger where I had a walk around in Fargegata (the colourful street), a must-see! It is a street full of wooden houses in all colours with a very creative and fun vibe. Here you can find a range of cafes, bars and little shops – the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a beer in the summer. I went to Hanekam for a outdoor drink, or utepils as we Norwegians would say. This quirky bar has a very cool and vintage interior, with a lot of little special touches like the sink in the toilet thats made out of a whole drum-set.
And of-course I had to get some deliciously sweet Norwegian strawberries before I left, because it isn’t summer until you do!
Now when its so hot here in Italy I am dreaming about Scandinavian summer days, so I might have to escape back to Norway later this summer.. Stay tuned!
// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad