Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Stavanger Norway town center

Stavanger, Norway waterfront

"Preikestolen" or Pulpit Rock overlooking the Lysefjord

Another view of Pulpit Rock. 2000 foot drop to water

Susan and Richard on top of Pulpit Rock

We have been in Norway for 5 days now and it is quite stunning. Rugged coastline dotted with sandy beaches, fjords, and waterfalls. We hiked up to pulpit rock which is one of the most famous hikes in Norway. It is only about 5 miles round trip but it goes straight up to a huge rock ledge that overlooks a fjord 2000 feet below. It is easy to ride your bicycle here with bike paths that go everywhere so we have been exploring mostly by bike. Today we happened upon a very beautiful sandy beach. The locals were sun bathing but not us. Even when it is sunny here it is still nippy.

The guide book said Norway was the most expensive country in the world and it is true. A loaf of bread costs us about $7. We were warned about the cost of everything here so we wisely stocked up on all the basics back in Germany.

Our first day in Norway was raining and windy but the last 4 days have been sunny with a high of 65 degrees. We lucked out! Norway reminds us of Alaska with similar landscapes and weather. Still looking for Garrison Keillor's Norwegian bachelor farmer.

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