Travelogue: Norway

I just got back from Norway, a must-visit destination for anyone who loves epic landscapes, pastoral scenery, and outdoor activities.  It is quite a large country, so with only a week, it seemed best to focus on one region.  My husband and I chose the western fjords- check out some of my highlights below!

Bergen: This coastal city in southwest Norway is super charming and full of history.  I loved the Bryggen neighborhood, a UNESCO world heritage site, with its old wharf, bustling fish market, brightly painted old houses, and winding streets.  We had only a day to explore, but took full advantage, wandering through alleys of shops and cafes, admiring the architecture, and hiking to Floyen for a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding mountains and fjords.

If you go, be sure to check out Ting and Rost (some of their goodies pictured below), two shops in Bryggen featuring beautiful accessories, clothing, and decor.

Sognefjord: This is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway, and my favorite of those we visited (Nordfjord was a close second). Despite being a huge tourist draw, it never felt crowded due to its size- unlike Geirangerfjord, which was filled with tour buses and cruise ships).  We completely lucked out, booking a last minute room at Bestebakken, a bed and breakfast set on the lakeside village of Hafslo.  The innkeeper is a pioneer of the fledgling agritourism movement in Norway, and prepares delicious three course farm-to-table dinners and special Norwegian Christmas breakfasts every day!  Rooms are equipped with natural linen bedding and handmade bath products.  The icing on the cake-  3 pet alpacas in the backyard!   I was in heaven.  

 Bestebakken, overlooking the lake and village of Hafslo

Bestebakken, overlooking the lake and village of Hafslo

Bestebakken was a perfect home base to explore the neighboring villages of Solvorn and Balestrand (both incredibly quaint and worth a visit), and do some hiking.  We were unlucky with the weather but did sneak in a climb to the top of Molden, where we were rewarded with a bit of sunlight and otherworldly scenery.

 Panoramic view from the top of Molden.

Panoramic view from the top of Molden.

There was one hotel I was dying to stay at, but sadly, it was booked through October!  If you are planning a trip, I'd HIGHLY recommend checking out the Juvet Landscape Hotel.  It looks like the perfect juxtaposition of modern design and nature- which, to me, is a complete dream!

 The Juvet Landscape Hotel, image from jebiga.

The Juvet Landscape Hotel, image from jebiga.

After a great mid-summer escape, I returned to San Francisco refreshed, inspired and excited to introduce our sophomore collection in about six weeks!  For more on that, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter.

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