Greetings from the Great White North! This past week some Czech friends invited me on a roadtrip up the west coast of Norway. I grabbed some underwear, a toothbrush, a loaf of bread, and some peanut butter and we set off from Bergen, driving six hours north through some unbelievable mountains and fjords. A “scenic detour” landed us lost on the top of a pass with a herd of reindeer. After a couple PB&Js, we backtracked 45 minutes and drove 4 more hours to a one-room cabin where we posted for the night.
The next day we drove to Ålesund; a beautiful city overlooking the Norwegian Sea. Here we explored the surrounding islands, drove through sub-sea tunnels, accidentally trespassed, and ate more PB&Js. After some deliberation, we decided to make a run for the Atlantic Highway; a series of bridges connecting small islands along the coast. Google it – it’s cool. After 2 more hours of driving we made it, snapped some pictures, and headed another hour north to Kristiansund. From here we headed back down south.
At 9:00 PM we arrived in Stryn; a small city about 4 hours outside of Bergen. We pulled into a gas station and I headed inside to drain the main vein. I came out to find my Czech friends in a panic as they realized one of them had accidentally pumped gas into our diesel rental car. After several hours of trying to locate a hose and trying to read a Norwegian owner’s manual, the car ended up on the back of a wrecker that took it to a local mechanic shop where the fuel was drained. We filled the car with diesel and drove through the rest of the night to end up back in Bergen at 6:00 the next morning, ending one of the most epic roadtrips of my life. Check out some of the pictures below, and be sure to check back here and my tumblr (garrettdanielson.tumblr.com) for more updates!