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Jul '17


Leaving Scandinavia

Our last morning of the trip! We had breakfast at the hotel one last time, and then checked out. We left our bags at the hotel and walked into the main part of town to do a little souvenir shopping and say goodbye to Copenhagen. As far as the actual cities go I think Copenhagen was my favorite, a place I’d like to spend more time or could see myself being in regularly. Second place… (more)

Jul '17


Copenhagen Zoo

The breakfast at this hotel had also had rave reviews online, but when we tried it we thought the one in Bergen was better. It was still decent, though, so we enjoyed that before starting our day. Our first move was to take a bus a little away towards Fredericksberg where there is an old palace and gardens. In the 1700s the royalty did use it, but eventually they moved elsewhere and it was left… (more)

Jul '17


Carlsberg Brewery

Happy 4th of July from Stockholm! We checked out of the hotel and grabbed a taxi to Stockholm Central Station. We had a little time before our train so we bought a chocolate muffin, a kanelbulle and a chocolate ball. We discovered chocolate balls the day before in Gamla Stan. We had gone into a locally made chocolate shop and bought an assortment of their chocolate truffles, but also a traditional Swedish confection called chocolate… (more)

Jul '17


Gamla Stan

It was another slow Monday morning for us. Eventually we ended up back at Cafe Albert for a latte and kanelbulle. The goal for this day was to explore Gamla Stan, the old town. It claims to be one of the best preserved old towns in all of Europe. It was the original entirety of Stockholm before the city began to expand to other islands, and also houses the Royal Palaces which were previously the… (more)

Jul '17



We slept much better than the night before and enjoyed another slow leisurely morning. Eventually we wandered out of the hotel to a cafe on the street behind where we had some pastries and coffee/hot chocolate on the street. It was a very nice morning. We took the travel cards we had purchased the day before to the tram stop in front of the hotel and rode over to Djurgården again, this time to an… (more)

Jul '17


Vasa Museum

Our last morning, and last opportunity for delicious breakfast in this Bergen hotel. We savored the final breakfast there and then finished packing up for our flight. Our plan was to check out, walk about two blocks to a bus stop, buy bus tickets at the kiosk, and then take the airport bus from there. Seemed super straight forward, convenient, and the plan had been verified with the front desk staff. It was going well… (more)

Jun '17


Mount Fløyen

We made it a priority to head down to the breakfast again today. It was the same as the day before, but that means it was excellent. I tried their coffee this time, and more of the Norwegian brown cheese. Once we were full we spent some time in the room reorganizing our bags. We had more dirty stuff than clean stuff at this point, and a flight planned for the next day, so it… (more)

Jun '17



Day 9 of our trip and officially over the halfway mark. We woke up hating the room a little less than when we went to sleep. We had slept very comfortably, and the shower was pretty good in the morning. We were excited to try the magnificent breakfast everyone had raved about online. When we got down to the lobby we could see that it was indeed probably the biggest breakfast spread we’d ever see… (more)

Jun '17


Norway in a Nutshell

The 5:15am alarm was not pleasant, but the fact that the sun had been up for an over an hour already did help us wake up. We packed up our belongings and went downstairs to check out and wait for our porter. He came right on time at 6am to collect our bags and payment. He confirmed where the bags were going and that we would be arriving the same night, and then he was… (more)

Jun '17


Last Day in Oslo

We managed to make it to the hotel breakfast this time, and found it was a pretty decent buffet. It was similar to the cruise ship one in that it had scrambled eggs and bacon for the Americans, small sausages and baked beans for the Brits, and sliced cheeses, meats, and fresh vegetables for the Scandinavians. There were also yogurts, cereals, and fresh fruits. Not a bad breakfast. Our first stop of the day was… (more)

Jun '17


Akershus and Holmenkollen

We were very slow getting out this morning actually, such that we missed the free hotel breakfast. Oops. Thankfully staying in a hotel adjoining the train station has its perks and we were able to get pastries very easily. Our first stop of the day was to explore Akershus Castle and Fortress. It was a nice walk from the hotel, and we were grateful for Google Maps because it seems hard to find the entrance… (more)

Jun '17


Bygdøy Museums

I slept pretty well, even though the pillow was basically a pancake. Eric said he woke up for a while around 2:30am because the ship was rocking so bad. He said he could hear items sliding and rolling around in the distance. I guess because it was a fairly small ship and because the weather was extremely windy and borderline rainy the waves were very noticeable. We went to the buffet again for breakfast, and… (more)