On my last two flights home from Europe I happened to be sitting next to Norwegian women.
One was from Lovund. It's a small rock island in northern Norway, known mostly for sustainable salmon farming.
The second was an 88 yr old woman from Grimstad who insisted that I go see her home town and neighboring Lillesand.
I started to research both areas and while someday I might make it to Lovund, I think I want to start seeing the "easier" places like Grimstad and Lillesand.
My question... what's the best way to do this? It seems like seeing it by boat would be great. I'd obviously need a captain and some nice amenities (I'm a southern Californian) Do people do this? What's the best way to tackle this? Are there other areas in Norway I should do as well?
Bottom line the country looks so beautiful, I want to see it and I'm looking for a fun/unique way to make that happen.
Hey JR - you should look into a cruise of the Norwegian fjords with Hurtigruten. It's a working ship that is dropping off mail and supplies to remote spots. So it's not a luxury experience but certainly provides all the amenities you'd need. And Norway has, hands down, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Breathtakingly beautiful. And the Hurtigruten experience is certainly unique and memorable!
Oh, definitely do this! I had a similar interest instilled in me from a French family who rented a boat every August.
I went to Stavanger (I was living in Houston-oil city, and Stavanger has a lot of connection) to visit a friend that moved back. Was excpecting a very industrial, no frills city-but LOVED it. Adorable waterfront, slightly hilly-cobblesone walking streets. And so very close to the gorgeous Lysefjord where you can take a mild hike up to the The Pulpit Rock-back a picnic, you'll want to stay.
We flew from Oslo, but didn't travel beyond. I would definitely rent a boat, or if you are going solo-look into some tours that go up and down the coast, with access to several fjords (i.e., small boats).
Enjoy-its just an absolutely amazing place.
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I second Natalie. Call your travel agent and have them look into Hurtigruten Cruises for you. There are a number of boats that ply the coast every day, from ferries to more luxuriously-outfitted ones going from the bottom to the top of the country and all places in between. Or, are you looking to hire a private boat?