After a tough week at work for Matt, we found ourselves with a free long weekend for a last-minute trip. We checked out Skyscanner.com for cheap tickets to any place in Europe and found a great fare to Stavanger, Norway. Never heard of it? Neither had we. But we were excited to see what we could find.
We landed in Stavanger on a cold and rainy Thursday.
|Natalie was most excited about all of the bus rides. Her favorite song is The Wheels on the Bus.|
|Natalie is in charge of the oil rig--watch out!|
After ferry and bus rides, we finally arrived at the base of the hike. We stuffed Natalie into a snowsuit and headed out in the rain. We wore waterproof hiking boots, although enough people have tried the hike in high heals and flip flops that it warrants a warning on the sign at the start of the hike. The boots were definitely a good idea, since the trail was flooded in a few places. Although we did see a number of suspect hikers--including a pair of women in tennis shoes with their Louis Vuitton purses shoved into plastic shopping bags.
|Not exactly a level or dry trail.|
After two hours of hiking we finally arrived at the top. And it was completely clouded in. We spoke to one couple who said that they waited at the top for about an hour with no breaks in the weather. So we opened up our picnic lunch and hoped for the best.
|Nothing to see here. I wonder what a fjord looks like.|
|Finally -- a view!|
|Natalie wasn't impressed. Or she was hungry. Verdict? Very hungry.|
|Worth the hike.|
|Still unclear why this house was on the water.|
The weather was beautiful and we were able to enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls, mountains and cliffs. Seeing Preikestolen was way more interesting from above than below though. From below it just looks like a big, square rock. With some very brave hikers poking their heads over its edge.
|This big rock is way cooler from the top.|
|But waterfalls are pretty cool.|
Once we were done on the high seas, we took a nice walk around the town of Stavanger. The pedestrian old town was filled with small white 18th and 19th century houses, typical of Norway.
|They sell a lot of white paint here.|
P.S. Here's a great way to entertain a kid away from home