My best friend and I decided in early October that we were going to travel the world. The first stop? Norway! Why Norway? Well, tickets were relatively cheap and Norway is a beautiful country and we knew our first stop was going to be to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are caused by charged particles from the Sun hitting the Earth's atmosphere. Earth isn't the only planet in the Solar System to experience this phenomenon either! Saturn and Neptune also have Northern Lights, but we decided that it would just be waay too expensive to try to go to one of those planets to see it. So, we settled for Earth.
We started our adventure in Oslo, the capitol. And worked our way north, taking trains to Lillehammer (the host of the 1994 Olympic Games), Trondheim, Bodø, and then finally a ferry to Lofoten, a small archipelago located on the Norwegian Sea and just barely misses the Arctic Circle. We were almost in the Arctic Circle! I still think that's insane how north we were...
Anyway, we spent most of our time wandering cities and sleeping on overnight trains. When we weren't sleeping on trains, we were in AirBnBs (much cheaper than hostels for the record and a lot more fun since we got to cook for ourselves). And, of course, I had to take BB-8 with me. He's my travel buddy! And, at this point, I think people are still my Facebook friends and Instagram followers for him. He's just so photogenic; he couldn't have turned out better.
Norway is full of culture and art and is a very easy city to get around in. The public transportation system was not expensive, so it was really easy for us to travel around in Oslo. The other cities we visited weren't as big, so we walked everywhere. All in all, Norway was a beautiful country, and the fjords were awesome, but one 9-day trip was enough. It's on to our next adventure.
Where will we go next? Well, since my best friend will be studying abroad in Germany next spring semester, I guess that's just where we'll have to go :)