Tekst: Christina Kühn (19) Germany and Karlijn Ploeg (18) Netherlands
As the Worldclass is studying and experiencing Norway, it was amazing to also explore Norway by traveling around. For one week we’ve been driving through the mountains and visited a few cities at the south-west coast. We would like to share some pictures and stories of this unforgettable trip.
On Sunday our big adventure started with the first “etappe” which led us through the mountains. Since there was always beautiful nature around us, it was never boring in the car og tida flyr! When the first mountain with snow appeared in our view, we were just as excited as little children on Christmas Eve. After a long day full of impressions we arrived in the dark at our first place for the night and we went to bed with no clue of the surprise we would get the next morning.
When we woke up to the most beautiful sight, we immediately took out our cameras, but only our hearts can capture these special moments forever. Then we continued our journey through the mountains, passing by waterfalls and driving to an endless amount of tunnels. We drove up to a viewing platform to see our very first fjord: Aurlandsfjord! The view was beautiful and the landscape was impressive. Afterwards we took the Flåmsbana, which was a big surprise from Svenn Helge and Karin. Once again we were amazed by the unique landscape around us. Later that day we arrived at a folkehøyskole near Bergen and we slept in two classrooms, which was a good bonding time.
The next day we drove to Bergen. We had an interesting tour through Bryggen and learned a lot about its history. In addition we visited the Hanseatisk Museum and Håkons hallen. After a nice lunch we had freetime. Even though it was raining, everyone enjoyed it and in that way we also experienced Bergen for what it’s known.
On Wednesday we were surprised by perfect weather. First we went to Edvard Grieg’s property and with the sun shining the place was almost magical. After a tasty lunch at Bryggen, we took the Fløibanen up to the stunning view-point over Bergen. Being lucky with the weather, we could see far beyond the beautiful Bergen. Afterwards we got freetime again, which some used for shopping while others explored the little streets and cafés.
Early Thursday morning we packed our stuff and continued our journey towards Stavanger. On our way we had to take two ferries where we met another international group and had a nice chat, while enjoying the view. We also drove through the longest tunnel under water in Europe. After a few more hours of driving through a variety of landscapes, we finally arrived in Stavanger. We visited the Maritimt Museum, where we got an audio tour, and went to the Konserthus. Afterwards we got some freetime to discover Stavangers streets. This day was also the day we, including our teachers, got lost a couple of times. Once on our way to dinner and later on the way to our Bed & Breakfast.
The next day we were excited for our hike up to Preikestolen. Wearing really warm clothes we started our 2-hour long hike where we had to conquer a difference in height of 300 meters. Soon we discovered that we put on way too many layers…
Although it was a pretty heavy hike (some of us also never hiked before), we saw some amazing sceneries. Once we got to the top, we were rewarded with the most breathtaking view we’ve ever seen. It was a feeling of great happiness and freedom. After a little lunch we started our way back to the bus. On our way to Moi we were exhausted but also really thankful for experiencing the beautiful Preikestolen.
After a rather long night we woke up on Saturday morning at the folkehøyskole in Moi. First we went to Lindesnes fyr, the most southern point of Norway. It was a little windy and cold on top of the lighthouse, but we had a nice view on the stormy sea. After a while we continued our way to Kristiansand, where we unfortunately only had half an hour to discover the cozy centrum of the city. Once we started driving again, it’s sure to say that all of us were excited to come back to Stavern – because one thing we learned on the trip is that Stavern really feels like home.