Travel Diary | Bjerkøy & Tønsberg, Norway
30th August 2016
Scandinavia has been high on my travel bucket list for years, so imagine my joy when I was invited by the one of the directors of the company I work for to spend a weekend in Norway at his holiday home. All expenses paid.
Yep, I jumped at the chance!
So last Friday myself and 6 of my fellow developers flew out to Torp in Oslo. Our flight was slightly delayed due to a technical issue on the aeroplane (Is there anything more unsettling than engineers getting on the plane?!) but we managed to get there eventually.
It was very overcast when we first arrived, but still warm. We travelled from the airport to a marina, and then hopped on a boat with the director to get to the island his holiday home is located on; Bjerkøy.
As I was the only female member of the team on the trip I didn’t have to share a room, and so I got to stay in a super cute summer house. I had to climb up a little ladder to get into the roof space where the bed was which was pretty challenging after a few beers.
The picture below is of the main house which is situated on top of the hill. We spent a lot of time down at the boat house which is right on the water front.
Soon after we arrived the sun came out and so did the drinks. We ate dinner down at the boat house because the weather was so lovely. The first night we had chicken, cooked on the barbecue, and vegetables, followed by strawberries and ice cream for pudding.
And you guessed it, more alcohol!
We woke up to glorious weather on the Saturday and after a slow start and some breakfast we jumped onto the speedboat and headed out for a tour of the archipelago.
The boat trip was probably my favourite part of the trip. There were times when we were going so fast we were literally bouncing along and flying. It was just so much fun!
It was amazing to see all of the houses dotted around the fjord. I can only dream of living somewhere as incredible as this.
After stopping at the boat supermarket (yep, instead of parking your car you park your boat up – amazing!) we went into Tønsberg; the oldest town in Norway.
It was time for lunch so we visited a restaurant on the waterfront for pizza and beer. I loved Norway but my goodness was it expensive. A beer was £10! Crazy! I’m so glad we weren’t paying!
All the wooden buildings in Norway are so cute! It’s exactly what I was expecting to see.
We returned to Bjerkøy in the afternoon and had a bit of a rest because chilling in the back of a speedboat and eating pizza is exhausting. Some of us went for a swim in the fjord which was beautiful despite it being freezing cold! It certainly woke us up.
For dinner that evening we started with fresh langoustine which was very tasty. I’ve never tried it before but I love sea food and I’m willing to try anything. We then had steak with salad, baked potatoes and cheese sauce.
Again, it was another night filled with a lot of alcohol! I normally avoid drinking games but I wasn’t feel too drunk at the time so I joined in with beer pong, which seems to be a hidden talent of mine.
The next and final day we woke up to rain (so no pictures guys!) and after a very, very slow start (hangovers!) we went for a stroll in the woods to refresh us. I really enjoyed it despite the fact I got absolutely soaked and had to travel home in wet Converse. I just love being outdoors.
Pretty soon it was time to leave which was very hard to do. I could have stayed forever.
The trip to the airport was pretty interesting. We were flying out of a different airport to the one we flew into, and we had to get a ferry across from one side of the fjord to the other. The scenery was beautiful. If it hasn’t been so overcast or cold I would have taken photos.
I feel so lucky to have been given such an incredible opportunity all because of my job. This time last year I hadn’t even started working as a developer; I was just starting to get nervous knowing I’d be starting a new job in a couple of weeks.
And I am so glad I said yes to the trip because the old Holly would have said no. They new Holly embraces opportunities and lives life.
It was genuinely one of the best weekends of my life and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I also fell in love with Norway and I’m dying to go back some day. Just let me save some money because I can’t afford £10 a beer right now!!
Have you ever been to Norway? If not, would you like to visit?