Norway isn’t as expensive as you think! Free camping was our savior! Most nights we camped beside a fjord, or next to a waterfall, or under a mountain & even by the sea. All for free!
Over the next 3 weeks, we traveled to some AMAZING places including Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Geirangerfjord, the famous Norway fjord swing, Sognefjord & places less well known but just as memorable.
We decided to hike for sunset & to pitch a tent at the top for the night.
About 200m before you actually reach Preikestolen is when you get your first glimpse of the beautiful Turquoise Lysefjord plunging 600 meters below you.
The rock was breathtaking.
Thankfully when we arrived there were only a select few people still on the rock along with others also setting up camp & walking around taking photos.
At around 10 pm, we headed back down to the rock to capture the sunset light!
The sun lit up the mountains in the foreground, illuminating them with an extraordinary mixture of orange, red and yellow tones. Then the clouds turned from grey to soft pink as we dangled our legs off the side and watched as the sunset around midnight.
After an extremely cold and uncomfortable sleep, we awoke to catch the sunrise, which was once again perfect & to our luck no rain!
We drove in the direction of Trolltunga in search of the perfect spot to free camp for the night.
The next morning before making our way to Trolltunga, we all sat around enjoying the sunshine & good company, taking breathtakingly cold dips in the lake to freshen ourselves up.
The hike itself is a 22km round trip with a lot of up hill-climbing, rocky terrain & unforeseeable weather conditions.
Every bit of the hike is worth the experience from the top.
Catching sight of Trolltunga for the first time was such a surreal moment.
The clouds had parted in perfect rendition, allowing the sun to shine a golden ray of light down across the fjord directly in front of the rock. I was in total awe.
We were blessed with striking colors as the clouds sprawled across the sky in soft tones of pink, purple, yellow & orange.
Over the next few days, we headed north stopping in at some more iconic locations along the way.
It is said to be the most beautiful & famous fjords of Norway – & you can instantly see why as the dramatic mountain peaks twist around the deep blue water, surrounded by lush waterfalls and an abundance of green vegetation.
With photography images always in mind, that one spot where you can be seen hanging high above the fjord on a small cliff edge is what ultimately attracted me to this amazing fjord.
If you ever have the opportunity to travel to this swing I strongly encourage you to go! It will be an adventure you will never forget.
We experienced the best weather yet, with temperatures reaching up to 27 degrees. Local Norwegians flocked to camp out next to the beach for what was apparently weather conditions they only experience 4-5 days a year. Can you believe our luck!
The color of the water was out of this world!
Those couple of days were some of the best – a memory I think back on so fondly.
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