Since arriving at Bergen we began stocking up on snacks and food supply from the supermarket as we were no longer restricted by airline luggage weight. We would be travelling around via rail and it certainly helps to have a good variety of snacks to munch on during the long rides.
I usually only eat dark chocolate to pair with red wines. Somehow I ended up buying a variety of chocolate bars after a trip to the supermarket – I guess the cold winter made me craved for chocolate?
Apparently most of the chocolate on sale in Norwegian stores comes from just two companies: Freia and Nidar. Guess what….coincidentally all the chocolate products I bought were from Nidar….perhaps their packaging was more appealing?
Gullbrød is Nidar‘s oldest chocolate bar, released in 1915. It’s a slightly flattened log of marzipan coated in a thin layer of chocolate, so you will taste more of marizpan than chocolate.
I bought Hobby because I read that it is a combination of marshmallow, banana-flavored jelly and chocolate.
The Stratos was the most acceptable as it is plain and simple. It has an air bubble chocolate filling coated with chocolate.
After the slightly disappointing bars, I wasn’t looking forward to trying the large bag of Smash. However this turned out to be unexpectedly tasty and addictive!!! This combination of corn cones coated with chocolate was one of its kind. The savoury and crispy corn chip contrasted by the sweet chocolate coating was an ingenious creation. I should have an inkling of how popular Smash was considering that I even spotted McDonald’s serving Smash McFlurry! This snack was the only one that made in into our re-purchase list to bring back home.
Having spotted the tube Kaviar in Sweden, I was not surprised to see Nugatti chocolate spread tubes in Norway. I think the tube design seems more user friendly and hygienic compared to typical jar packaging of other chocolate spread. The small size made it very portable too.
I bought the Favoritter series intending to give it out to colleagues with the impression that the chocolates inside were individually wrapped. Turned out that only the Troika and Stratos were. The rest of the chocolates were all mixed up inside the bag.
After our epic meal at Maaemo, we made our way to Flåm including an overnight stay in Aurland. We finished 2 packets of the Sorlands Chips by the time we returned to Oslo, showing how tasty and addictive they are.
Due to the extensive travelling, we hadn’t make much dining plans in Oslo. Most of meals were at our hotel, with breakfast & dinner being included in our stay package.
The menu changes daily and on Saturday we had Chicken Drums with roasted potatoes and Homemade Carrot Soup with Salad & Couscous.
Where we lost out on food, we made it up with views.
Flåm Railway, described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the World, is a 20.2-kilometer long railway line that takes us from the high mountain plateau at Myrdal down the steep valley to the fjord by Flåm.
The weather had been cloudy the whole day from Oslo to Myrdal. There was an opening when the sun shone through and cast a warm glow on the village deep between the fjord in Flåm.
Transferred to ferry in Flåm to get to Aurland. It’s a short 20 mins ride but we were impressed by the scenic fjord views with clear blue sky.
We arrived at Aurland to this beautiful sight!
Glad we made the right choice to stay in Aurland instead of Flåm cos it’s so worth it. I was lured by the views offered by the cabins lining the fjord.
We took our time to literally chill by the dockside.
Also take in the views from our balcony…
I’m definitely more in love with Norway‘s nature than the towns. The next morning we visited Stegastein view point unfortunately the clouds started to come in quickly…and in a matter of minutes it was a white-out.
No view left…but an empty structure with blowing snowflakes. We took the Flåm Railway back to Mrydal.
The ride (in both directions) includes a stop in the mid-way for passengers to alight and take in the views of Kjosfossen (waterfall). Since its in winter, all we saw was the frozen stream. I had to google to look for pictures to figure out which direction was the waterfall… In summer months, one can expect views of roaring waterfall with a dancer dressed in a red costume (depicting Huldra – a character from Norwegian folklore) dancing on the platform on the right. In winter, you’ll get to see a troll encased in ice instead – with pretty cool lights.
Some photos taken during our stay in Oslo.
Compared to the historical part of Oslo, I prefer the photo opportunities from the modern architecture of Barcode Project.
No clear sky during our 2 nights stay in Oslo, so we didn’t get a nice shot of the Opera House. It’s supposed to look like an iceberg floating in the fjord.
We stayed in the Aker Brygge area for the 2nd part of our Oslo stay. The marina area was packed with yachts.
Visited some museums in the city. We actually went to the Munch Museum hoping to see the masterpiece “The Scream” by Edvard Munch only to find out that it was not on display at the point of purchasing the tickets. At least the staff were giving out the advise to avoid disappointment or complaints from visitors…
Another museum I shortlisted to visit was the Fram Museum. It’s a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. There are two ships inside the musuem – the Fram and the Gjøa, both played a significant role in the history of polar exploration.
There was a story about how pancakes became one of the stars of the expedition. Google “Lindstrøm pancake expedition” if you wish to know more about it.
From modern nautical history, we made our way to learn about the ancient voyages at the Viking Ship Museum which is home to 3 historic ships from the age of Vikings.
Unlike the Fram Musuem whereby we were able to board the ships, these Viking ships were too precious and fragile for visitors to even touch.
But they were really well-preserved considering that they were easily more than a thousand years old. If you are someone like me who enjoys visiting Asian Civilisations Museum (in Singapore) you will probably enjoy these two museums as much as I did.
Our last sight in Oslo was visit to the Frogner Park.
Inside the park houses more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron, including The Angry Boy, Dancing lady pulling her hair and Man attacked by babies etc.
Except for the Moose pot coaster which was bought in Sweden (as my desperate attempt to spend my remaining Krona), the other knick-knacks were bought in Norway. My favourite is the hanging reflector. I noticed that many people wore one and felt that it was a great item to increase one’s safety during the long dark winter months. They even make their pets wear reflector vest while out for a walk. Even though most of Singapore streets are pretty well-lit, I still carry one now as a good practice.
After 1.5 weeks of touring Scandinavian we were off to warmer part of Europe! A destination for foodies – Barcelona~
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