A Guide to my Norway
My Norwegian View is a personal website about Norway and the Norwegians, and our way of living. I live in the countryside, in the western, coastal area of Mid-Norway. I work full time as bus driver, and for many years I have been driving tourist to the most popular attractions in the district.
I believe the Norwegian way of living is quite different from in most other countries, and especially when you come to the countryside in the coastal parts of the country.
My Norwegian View is an insider's personal view on how Norway can be like, and what to see and do in Norway. Follow me along the tour, but always remember: Going yourself is the best way to experience it.
My Norwegian View will give you alternative information to the official tourist brochures that you see elsewhere. You should use both! Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad
Most of the villages and towns here in the western part of Norway are close to the fjord, and the maritime connection is strong in this region. A lot of people make their living in the shipyards, and of course quite many are employed on fishing boats and offshore vessels.
I told you I was going to tell you about the tourist places in the county.
The big attractions are Ålesund and Geiranger. Both worth a visit to Norway by themselves, and I think I can say that any tourist coming here find these places breathtaking.
I live one hour drive from Ålesund, and 2 hours from Geiranger, so I know them well. Another nice little town is Molde, also within 1 hour drive from where I live, and around 1,5 hour from Kristiansund. All these towns and places are ports of call for the Norwegian Hurtigruten, on it's Classic Norwegian Cruise.
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad©
Most cruiseships that is sailing along the Norwegian coast during the summer months are visiting Ålesund and Geiranger. These are the most popular harbours to visit. Other popular harbours are Molde and Åndalsnes. Beautiful places with breathtaking excursions available.
First of all: You are getting close to nature when on any Norwegian travel! The Norwegian climate can be challenging, and there might be several seasons experienced in one day. So prepare for it by bringing warm clothes and good shoes.
Want a closer watch of Norway, and the Norwegian way of living?
See the midnight sun and feel the athmosphere of the summer nights in the landscape north of the Arctic Circle. A Classic Norwegian Cruise on a Hurtigruten ship is the best way to experience Norway and the fjords. We recommend the book "Insights: Norway" for any traveller.
Read this article about Hurtigruten from CNN from January 2016.
My Norwegian View is a down-to-earth personal website that is trying to give you the best
insider's view of Norway, to increase the value of your visit. We also want our visitors to help us taking care of the environment, as the most important thing we have in Norway is the nature.
We think that once in their lifetime, everyone should go on a cruise to Norway. Norwegian cruises are unlike anything else and you will love it!
Experience the breathtaking scenery that nature has created.
We strongly believe that a journey to Norway will be your memory for life.
Sounds amazing? You have to experience it to really believe it.
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When travelling around it is always a good idea to compare prices in order to find the very best offers. If you are looking for a place to stay, we recommend looking for hotel sites to save money in an easy way.
Wherever you are going. Prepare for it. Check the climate and weather conditions, what to wear, health care, and whatever practical questions that will occur.
Never underestimate the need for a travel insurance. You never know if, or when you need it, but when preparing your vacation, this is a must.
Want to see a map of Norway? Here it is.
And remember: Most Norwegians are very familiar with the English language, and speak English fluently.
So make new friends!