Shankar’s parents were visiting us in London from Australia and we decided to take a short holiday with them over the weekend. Although Norway deserves a months holiday, we decided to do a taster-trip for the weekend to Oslo. Instead of staying in Oslo, all travel blogs and tips out there suggested the Oslo to Bergen drive - naming it as one of Norway’s most beautiful drives!
We didn’t drive as far as Bergen (It is approx 7-8 hours direct from Oslo) but decided to go as far as a cute little town called Geilo.
The 3 hour drive took us 5 as the jaw dropping scenery compelled us to stop along the way.
Usually, we always avoid the motorways or the main highways to go off beat. But this time around - we didn’t have to! The straight simple drive from Oslo to Geilo was so gorgeous that it was hard to keep our eyes focused on the drive.
We celebrated Shankar’s parents anniversary by stopping along the way for a snow fight! :)
Oslo towards Bergen - where to stop for food:
We recommend stopping at a town called Flä (or just before it). It’s at the 2 hour mark (ish) from Oslo.
There’s a stunning lake that envelops the town to the left, with tall amber and green trees surrounding it.
We highly recommend HallingEventYr Cafe! The cafe is situated just at banks of the lake (behind a petrol station, perfect spot to refuel if needed). Food was delicious (but expensive approx £80 pounds for the 4 of us). We ordered fish and chips, trout and vegetarian pastas.
The cafe / restaurant owner was a lovely, friendly guy who recommended that we visit Nordre Heie, a honey farm with a petting zoo. We did visit the farm but the petting zoo was closed for the winter. The photos on their Instagram look adorable, so we will definitely have to come back around in summer! :)
Where to stay if you want to break your Oslo to Bergen journey:
We recommend staying either at Geilo or Flam. We stayed at a very cozy Airbnb near Geilo - with views of the stunning mountain as our backyard. The smell of winter with the fire burning, hot chocolate and the crisp nip in the air was a perfect setting to catch up on stories with our parents.
It was quite a short trip but it definitely left us wanting more! Would love to go back for a week or so to see the plunging fjords and conquer the 12 hour Trolltunga hike, but for now - this was our Norway in a nutshell. :)
Have you been to Norway? Recommend anything spectacular? Let us know :) Comment below or reach out to us on Instagram (@100autumns_). Lots of love, V & S