The island of Utsira, off the western coast of Norway, may be small, but its spirit and soul instantly capture your heart. Utsira, with its wild and rugged landscape, is bound by an enormous community spirit. It is a haven for birdlife and birdwatchers alike, and is so infused with international street art, that the whole island feels like an open-air art exhibition.
In 87-year-old, Johannes Hansen’s café, you’re not just eating a waffle. You’re eating a waffle with a hearty measure of laughter, a good cupful of curiosity and a sprinkling of precious memories.
When you hear people talk about bucket list places in Norway, then you can pretty much bet that Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is on that list. We set off on this challenging hike to find out why. We had conquered Kjeragbolten earlier in the day and were enjoying the fabulous view and ice […]
And here I was, standing on the ledge with a mind numbed to any thoughts that may deter me. One thousand metres below, the sapphire Norwegian fjord ambled along, unperturbed by its familiar steep and impressive confines either side. Still refusing to think, I stepped out, towards Kjeragbolten.
From the moment we hit the shore we were driving through emerald green pine trees intermingled with alluring glimpses of glass-topped lakes. It was love at first sight. Our travels had brought us to Norway. More specifically, to the western coast, the Island of Karmøy, ‘Homeland of the Viking Kings’.