West Coast of Norway

The first week of June we went on a trip to the west coast of Norway to live in the mountains and to explore the fjords. I’ve never travelled around in Norway even though I’ve been living here my whole life so I was excited to finally see the beautiful nature that the country is so known for.

We started off with a 5 hour train ride from Oslo towards Bergen:


Wow. The train route has incredible views!
You’ll pass lush forests, icy glaciers, massive mountains, deep fjords and the bluest, most clear lakes. I was glued to the window from start to finish.

We got off at Myrdal and walked to our hotel, Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotel. We decided to stay at this family-run and cozy hotel after reading great reviews. I’m glad! It was more quiet than staying in Flåm city and there was nothing but mountains surrounding us:

The view from our bedroom during sunset.

Hiking in the area.

The charming hotel lobby.

Great breakfast buffet and delicious homemade dinner with local ingredients.

One day we went into the city of Flåm with the famous flåmsbana railway. From there we went on a fjord cruise through the extraordinary Nærøyfjord.
At this point my batteries died so here are iphone pictures that are far from representing the beauty of the breathtaking views.


At loss for words.

Spending time in nature is the best way to feel at peace and to find inner calm. Seeing the force and beauty of mother earth humbles you – and getting out of the city once in a while, whether it’s a park nearby or a hike in the neighbourhood, should be a priority for everyone living in an urban environment.



  • Reply Aliya June 28, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    It’s nice to see you being more comfortable in your voice! That almost sounds like some teacher observation, but it’s just what came to mind as I read your posts. Are you living in Oslo again for good?

    • Reply Maria Van Nguyen June 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      Thank you Aliya. It feels good to write about whatever I want :)

      I wouldn’t say for good – but it’s my plan for now. We’ll see what happens but I’m happy staying in Oslo at the moment in order to figure things out.

  • Reply Rachel June 28, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    This is beautiful!

  • Reply Anna June 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Wow. A must! Thank you for the tip. Living in Oslo so will deff do this route this summer.

  • Reply Alyse (J.X.L.) July 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Wow, the shores of Norway look right out a fairy tale. The glaciers are so stark, would’ve rendered me speechless.

    Alyse (J.X.L.) | Lumière & Lens

  • Reply Wenxin October 10, 2016 at 3:09 AM

    I wish you would share details of your outfits in every post! So beautiful :)

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