It has been incredibly quiet on the blog lately and there is a reason for that. Last Thanksgiving we started planning a family vacation to celebrate my in-laws 40-year wedding anniversary and my husband's 30th birthday. My father-in-law's grandmother emigrated from Oslo, Norway, and his great-great-great-great-grandfather emigrated from a small village called Selseng in the vicinity of Sognefjord (Norway's largest fjord). He still has second cousins in Oslo, and relatives in Selseng, and has not visited Norway since the 1960s. After the Selsengs came over to visit Wisconsin (where their relatives emigrated to) three years ago, he has wanted to go back. Since our parents had not yet met it was the perfect opportunity to do a trip to Norway as well as Sweden.
Spending time together, finally introducing the parents to each other, eating delicious Scandinavian home-cooked food, getting to know the Norwegians (who guided us around to so many beautiful places), and taking a hiatus from the computer for 3 weeks was amazing, and so rejuvenating. I've only picked a few photos to show on the blog. They're the ones I like to dream back to while listening to the tunes of Sigur Ros. A part of me gets so inspired by the simple and quiet yet majestic north. A dream would be to one day photograph a destination wedding in Oslo, Sogndal, Stockholm and Umea. Hopefully by saying it out loud it will come true. :)
From Newark, NJ...
...to Kaupanger, Norway (after a couple of days in Oslo). The airport was on top of one of the mountains! The Sogn of Fjordane area. Selseng. A little paradise. My husband and I. Alice would have loved running around in the valley. A midnight walk. This is how dark it gets in the summer. I LOVE it!
A little book town along the fjord.
The goat summer pasture where we tried romme grot. Rich yummy porridge.
Imagine a bridal portrait in this picturesque Scandinavian landscape. It's just magical.
The village of Solvorn where we took the ferry to Urnes to visit a 1000 year old stave church.In about 10-20 min of driving time we went from 0 meter above sea level to 1400 meter on top of Sognefjellet.
So thankful that my husband was driving. :) Most of the roads in Norway were single lane i.e. if you met someone in a tunnel you had to try to get to the side and let the other car from opposite direction pass.
Last day in Selseng.
Onto the adventures in Sweden...