10 days in Norway, hiking, eating and partying

in travel •  5 months ago

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Since the 18th of may, I've been in Norway as some of you may already know because of @fredrikaa's post : https://steemit.com/Norway/@fredrikaa/29kue7-taking-fellow-steemian-howo-to-the-pulpit-rock-the-best-of-the-norwegian-fjords

It's a really really beautiful place and so I'm going to put a lot of pictures in that article to illustrate that point.

Hiking

One of the first things I did when I arrived was hiking, I kinda had to, it's pretty rare that this city (stavanger) has such a great weather so I made sure to enjoy every minute of it.

So we went hiking to the pulpit rock, a very famous hiking place in the region, but before that we had to get close to the fjord via a ferry, and I was stunned by the number of electric car all around me.

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After some explanations I heard that this is because there are some very big advantages in having an EV in Norway : car costs way less because no taxes, you can ride bus lanes, free parking etc.

Anyways, after a good 45 minutes ferry ride we started hiking and I got to snap some of those pictures of the great fjords :

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The weather was amazing, almost too hot. I really wanted to jump in that water.

Walk by the beach

The next day my legs were a bit tired after the hike so we went for something more easy, a walk by the beach, It really struck me how this city kinda has everything for someone who loves sport : great mountains, great lakes, very large beaches with waves on which you can surf.

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At some point we arrived to the point where a river met the ocean and where, during the salmon season, salmon leave the sea to go back to the lakes by going against the current.

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Very close to this place is actually the cabin in which the king of Norway goes to fish during salmon season.

The night life

GOD BEER IS SO EXPENSIVE, 10 EUROS FOR A PINT.

I noticed some pretty big cultural differences between France and Norway, for instance you can't drink outside, there is a very strict id verification in place, some bars actually prevent people that are younger than 21 to enter (legal drinking age is 18). And if they feel that you are too drunk they stop serving you. Which was all kinda alien to me.

And since alcohol is so expensive most of the people go to preparties at home to get drunk before actually going downtown to go clubbing. So they buy less drinks.
From the outside it's funny to see all the bars/clubs sort of filled and when it's 22-23 you suddently see more and more people and people start queuing to get in.

Apart from that they really have two days where they party heavily compared to the other days : friday and saturday. A fun fact that @fredrikaa told me is that french and norvegian people drink as much per person on average but they do all of it in two nights. And having witnessed that, it's definitely true.

snus

There isn't that much smoking in Norway but they seem to consume just as much nicotine via snus. Above you see a box filled with it. to quote wikipedia :

"Snus (/ˈsnuːs/; Swedish pronunciation: [snʉːs]) is a moist powder tobacco product originating from a variant of dry snuff in early 18th-century Sweden. It is placed under the upper lip for extended periods. Snus is not fermented and contains no added sweeteners. Although used similarly to American dipping tobacco, snus does not typically result in the need for spitting and, unlike naswar, snus is steam-pasteurized."

It's very small, about the size of your finger in height and width. But god it hits you hard. I wanted to try it and I was slightly drunk. And 5 minutes after applying it under my lips I went from tipsy to my "I have 3 grams of alcohol in my blood" state. On the plus side : less 10 euros pints to buy. On the down side : After 10 minutes of euphoria you start to feel bad. bad as in nausea after drinking too much.

So overall it was a fun experience but damn 0/10 would do again. Apparently the first snus you ever take always hits you like that. And the norvegian people were basically always having one under their lips so I guess you get used to it ¯_(ツ)_/¯

The food

Stavanger being a coastal city I expected all the food to be seafood. Add norway in the mix I expected to eat salmon for 10 days straight. But the food was surprisingly diverse, no pictures because I kinda forgot to take them :D

But god they make some great ice cream. It's called softis :

Usually you add some chocolate powder on top of it but on some ice cream shops you could add all kind of stuff on top of be it oreo cookies strawberries, caramelized bits etc etc.

They also seem to innovate a lot on ice cream. They have a whole lot of various ways of eating ice cream. I can't describe it all but long story short, for an ice cream lover such as myself it was heaven and I ate ice cream whenever possible.

Q : are you really going to only talk about ice cream in the food section ?

A : Yes

The costs

Aaah norway is expensive. Especially the alcohol as previously stated.

I live in an expensive city (Paris) and they managed to top that, usually everything was 15-30% more expensive. (not counting alcohol)

So in conclusion, norway is really cool... If you can afford it. But you'd be missing out big time if you didn't visit so try to do that one day :)

I mostly went to Norway to go to a space conference called spaceport Norway, which I will cover in another article because this one is already way too long.

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@howo

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Depending on the strength of the Snus and how used you are to it, it's not only the first Snus that hits you hard :D

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Yeah I only took a "medium" and apparently the "very strong" are twice as strong, I can't even imagine how hard this must hit haha

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From my experience: first your face gets pale and turns slightly green :D

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I should have asked the people around me then haha.

Norway is great! Have you ever been to "Lofoten/Vesteralen"? Great place, very silent and perfect for hiking.

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Ahh sadly it was a bit too far away for me :(

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Well, maybe next time :) - here´s my favourite photo from my norway experience:

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Ahhh. what a beautiful country. Reminds me of my trip to Germany last Fall. I don't remember beer being that expensive tho. The most important thing for me is that the place has pepperoni pizza, instead of that nasty salami pizza! lol


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XD I guess we all have our reasons to visit the place.

Norway is great! Have you ever been to "Lofoten/Vesteralen"? Great place, very silent and perfect for hiking.

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Aaah we had planned to but ran out of time sadly. But I saw pictures and it does sound great :)

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Really I like the beautiful scenery that you pass. Hopefully your next day is more beautiful ...!

Clubbing? Ohh I forgot you were still a baby ;)

I guess you will love my comment a lot ;)

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The private joke is strong :p

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The force of the private joke is indeed strong in my family :)

I miss Norway! My trick with the Alcohol was to buy it outside of the country like in Finland and Sweden (not much cheaper but better). Also, if you stay at a Hostel International they have free breakfast buffet and you can pocket some of it for lunch later, saving you more money :0

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You forgot to mention something about the house parties. In general when you go to a Noweigian house party, you bring your own beer and you only drink the ones that you brought. :D I've never seen that anywhere else.

Also if you go to the supermarkets, there are many home brew kits since they are legal to sell. The end result of the home brew alcohol though is rather awful. So they sell alcohol flavoring too. So you make add it to your home made rubbish and make it taste a little like something better,... whisky for example. Thanks to the super high taxes on alcohol.

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Nice day sir @howo.
You are so lucky at this way.
Hiking is good for health and refreshment.
Your photography are amazing.
Delicious food you can eat.
Thanks for sharing.

great place to visit