• slow adventures // the norwegian west coast

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Not all travel can be pigeon-holed within city breaks, beach getaways and road trips; sometimes you need to set off on a true adventure into the wild in order to truly unwind. For the first in our new series exploring slow adventures, we delve into the ultimate trip exploring the Norwegian fjords.

 

The Norwegian western coastline is jagged with over a thousand deep fjords cutting into towering mountains. In amongst these dramatic fjords, you will discover a scattering of isolated homes, tiny villages and some of the country’s most visited cities. Visitors tend to travel by car, boat or train to discover the vast wilderness of the UNESCO-protected area.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Time moves slowly here. Away from bustling cities and jammed roads, there is an overriding peacefulness that resides over the fjords. Down by the water’s edge, the still water and surrounding cliffs create a peaceful haven with only nature as a distraction. From up above, perched on top of a cliff that hangs precariously over the water far below, you can sit and relax as you admire the views.

 

The fjords are ideal for exploring on foot, and long hikes up mountains should be injected into any itinerary. If you are really keen to get back to nature, pack a tent and set off for a soul-searching trip into the wilderness. Wild camp beside the water or on top of cliffs, discover isolated lakes to swim in, or take a kayak out onto the fjords. Without the distractions of modern technology, you can indulge in the ultimate downtime.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

It isn’t all about getting back to nature, however. Even those who prefer to sleep in a comfortable warm bed can enjoy the scenery of the fjords. Base yourself in Bergen to enjoy the best of both worlds, exploring the growing arts scene in the town known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Every spring, the Bergen International Festival brings classical music, dance and theatre to the forefront of local culture. During the remainder of the year, there are plenty of art galleries, museums and musical performances to keep visitors entertained in the former European Capital of Culture. Allow yourself to alternate days exploring the local area, days out on the water and days soaking up Norwegian culture.

 

Just north of the city, the Community Church Knarvik is a dramatic structure that abides to both traditional and contemporary Scandinavian design ideals. It provides a peaceful place to sit and think. Plan your adventure so that a day’s hike in the wilderness leads you upon the church, before turning back to return to Bergen.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

If hiking isn’t your thing, book onto one of the many ships that cruise through the fjords, witnessing the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the deck. Or travel on the dramatic mountain railway that weaves through the mountains and quickly plummets down into the fjords.

 

Travel from Bergen over mountains and through tunnels to Myrdal, where you can transfer onto the iconic Flamsbana, often described as the most dramatic rail journey in the world. As the train makes its journey down the mountains to the town of Flam, it will descend at an unexpectedly steep gradient, making the ride an adventure in itself.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Take your time to enjoy the fjords and to create your own adventure, adhering to your own preferred timescales and activities. Slow things down and ensure that you plan in plenty of time to allow yourself to rest and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal
photos: all scott nolan 

slow adventures // the norwegian west coast

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Not all travel can be pigeon-holed within city breaks, beach getaways and road trips; sometimes you need to set off on a true adventure into the wild in order to truly unwind. For the first in our new series exploring slow adventures, we delve into the ultimate trip exploring the Norwegian fjords.

 

The Norwegian western coastline is jagged with over a thousand deep fjords cutting into towering mountains. In amongst these dramatic fjords, you will discover a scattering of isolated homes, tiny villages and some of the country’s most visited cities. Visitors tend to travel by car, boat or train to discover the vast wilderness of the UNESCO-protected area.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Time moves slowly here. Away from bustling cities and jammed roads, there is an overriding peacefulness that resides over the fjords. Down by the water’s edge, the still water and surrounding cliffs create a peaceful haven with only nature as a distraction. From up above, perched on top of a cliff that hangs precariously over the water far below, you can sit and relax as you admire the views.

 

The fjords are ideal for exploring on foot, and long hikes up mountains should be injected into any itinerary. If you are really keen to get back to nature, pack a tent and set off for a soul-searching trip into the wilderness. Wild camp beside the water or on top of cliffs, discover isolated lakes to swim in, or take a kayak out onto the fjords. Without the distractions of modern technology, you can indulge in the ultimate downtime.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

It isn’t all about getting back to nature, however. Even those who prefer to sleep in a comfortable warm bed can enjoy the scenery of the fjords. Base yourself in Bergen to enjoy the best of both worlds, exploring the growing arts scene in the town known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Every spring, the Bergen International Festival brings classical music, dance and theatre to the forefront of local culture. During the remainder of the year, there are plenty of art galleries, museums and musical performances to keep visitors entertained in the former European Capital of Culture. Allow yourself to alternate days exploring the local area, days out on the water and days soaking up Norwegian culture.

 

Just north of the city, the Community Church Knarvik is a dramatic structure that abides to both traditional and contemporary Scandinavian design ideals. It provides a peaceful place to sit and think. Plan your adventure so that a day’s hike in the wilderness leads you upon the church, before turning back to return to Bergen.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

If hiking isn’t your thing, book onto one of the many ships that cruise through the fjords, witnessing the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the deck. Or travel on the dramatic mountain railway that weaves through the mountains and quickly plummets down into the fjords.

 

Travel from Bergen over mountains and through tunnels to Myrdal, where you can transfer onto the iconic Flamsbana, often described as the most dramatic rail journey in the world. As the train makes its journey down the mountains to the town of Flam, it will descend at an unexpectedly steep gradient, making the ride an adventure in itself.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal

 

Take your time to enjoy the fjords and to create your own adventure, adhering to your own preferred timescales and activities. Slow things down and ensure that you plan in plenty of time to allow yourself to rest and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you.

 

scott nolan // mahabis journal
photos: all scott nolan 
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