Ready for a detailed post about one of world’s most famous hikes? If hiking to Trolltunga is on your bucket list, do yourself a favor: take your time and read every word in this post. In my case, gathering information and writing a blog about Trolltunga took more time than the hike itself. I just couldn’t keep it shorter and leave anything out because this is exactly what I missed in other blogs: Incomplete information.
If you are traveling to Western Norway, the famous Geiranger fjord will probably be on your “must-see” list. It is one of Norway’s most visited tourist points, especially since it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Despite its popularity, there are not many options to stay near Geiranger fjord. Especially, if you want to spend the night in a small cozy village, located in the end of the fjord. There are a couple of hotels in Geiranger*, but you need to be super fast to get a room there. Luckily, Grande Fjord Hotel had a vacancy during our road trip and we decided to treat ourselves with a fjord-view room.
I am sure everyone has watched or at least heard of the Mission Impossible film series. Remember one of the scariest moments in the “Fallout” (2018) with Tom Cruise hanging from a cliff? Well, that cliff does exist and it is called Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock. Due to its amazing structure and relatively easy access, hike to Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most famous hikes. It was also the first hike on our West Norway road trip adventure, and it was everything I had hoped it would be. You can find tons of information about this hike online, so I will try to cut thing short and sum up the most important things to know before hiking to Preikestolen.
When I was searching for a hotel near Preikestolen, there were not many options to choose from, as it was almost a last-minute trip. We wanted to start the hike to Preikestolen early in the morning so we didn’t want to waste too much time driving from Stavanger. Lilland Brewery hotel was one of the few descent options with private bathroom at affordable cost. The location seemed convenient as well, so I booked a double-bed room for one night. We were pleasantly surprised!
Did you know that Bergen is the rainiest city in Europe? Having that in mind, we didn’t want to spend too much time getting wet, but we still needed a good base camp to start our Western Norway trip. We landed in Bergen late afternoon and our plan was to drive towards Stavanger first thing in the morning. Moxy Bergen hotel seemed to offer a fair combination of the location, guest rates and reasonable prices. In reality, Moxy Bergen is one of the coolest hotels I’ve stayed at. That’s why we spontaneously decided to spend our last night there as well.
Going on safari is definitely not something that just happens overnight. Unless you live in South Africa where you can simply take a self-drive in one of the national parks. (those lucky bastards!) Having to fly to another continent is a totally different thing, speaking from logistic and financial point of view. After returning from my third visit to SA, in the middle of Covid-19 pandemics, I got a lot of new questions.* Hence, a new post with the most frequent questions about safari, including those about traveling to South Africa during coronavirus situation.
Hiking is one of my favorite addictions. I’ll probably never climb Mt. Everest; however, I do sweat in the mountains a lot, so I do know a thing or two about safety and how to use basic hiking equipment. Sure, at first, I thought a pair of cotton leggings, a T-shirt and tennis shoes would do just fine. But the deeper I fell in love with hiking, the more I realized I needed to get proper outdoor apparel and at least some basic equipment to hike safely. Because only safe and responsible hiking allows you to enjoy the journey and the rewarding views at the top. In this post I will introduce my basic day hiking gear for beginners and how much it all costs.