Travel Diary | Bjerkøy & Tønsberg, Norway

30th August 2016

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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!

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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!

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

It was amazing to see all of the houses dotted around the fjord. I can only dream of living somewhere as incredible as this.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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!

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

All the wooden buildings in Norway are so cute! It’s exactly what I was expecting to see.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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.

Travel Diary | Bjerkoy & Tønsberg, Norway

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?

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  1. It looks amazing and you had such a great weather. I would love to visit Norway, it’s stunning.

  2. Cat

    Wow, that’s amazing that the director invited you guys to his holiday home and paid for everything! It sounds like it was filled with good company, food, and drinks. It looks so beautiful and relaxing there too. I love that you spent so much time by the water. That’s a view I would love seeing every day!

    I’m glad you had such a good time there! I’ve said it before, but I’ve never been to Norway before and really, really want to visit 😀

  3. Susanne

    I’m so glad that you got to visit Scandinavia! I really thought you would be going to Oslo because foreign people always visit the big cities when they go to other countries (I’m sorry for generalizing here), so what a nice surprise that you actually went out in the country and to the coast too. Incredibly beautiful place!

  4. This is amazing! You are so lucky to have had that opportunity to travel for work. I can tell you were super excited and had such a great time beyond the work you likely had to do. xD

    The photos are beautiful and I’m jealous! Glad you got some really good weather despite it raining on the last day.