Coastal Norway and the Northern Lights

Norway is a country in Scandinavia that is home to mountains, glaciers and coastal fjords.  In an expedition to see the Northern Lights, Kim Bourke led a group who recently flew to Denmark for a few days of fun, before heading to the coast of Norway.  In Bergen the group took an amazing train ride on the famous Flam Railway. The views were spectacular!  

The group boarded a Hurtigruten ship and set sail through the dramatic Sognefjord.  This seven day cruise went north, up the Norweign coast with sights including wildlife, the famous wooden houses, crossing the arctic circle and so much more.  At several stops, the group was able to get off the ship for a tour of the town or city.  One of the towns that they toured was Honningsvag, which was completely burned down by the Nazis during the war, minus one church that survived the brutal blaze.  

The main point of this trip was experience the northern lights.  While this is a natural event and thus, not guaranteed, this group had three nights of shows!  The lights actually move and dance in the night sky.  The show is spectacular and like nothing else.  The whole sky was filled with color and movement.

After the cruise, the group flew to Oslo, the capitol of Norway.  These last few days were filled with museum and walking tours, including the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Viking Ship Museum.  Of course, no trip to Norway is complete without a trip to an ice bar.  

There is nothing like Norway at the holidays.  All the streets are lit up with white lights and greenery. The shops are full of holiday decorations and music.  On the final day of this trip, it snowed in Oslo.  Looking out on the city center covered in white was the perfect way to end this once in a lifetime adventure.  

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