Photo Essay – Day 2 – Driving from Oslo to Kristiansand, Norway

24 Dec

Morning of our second day in Oslo was cold and cloudy and the streets empty when, armed with our backpacks, we left our hotel to pick up our rental car. On this trip we wanted to spend a lot more time in the countryside and were to drive south from Oslo along the coastline to Stavanger and eventually Bergen. We were super excited as this was our first driving holiday in Europe and we couldn’t wait to be on the way.

Early morning at Oslo Central Station, Oslo, Norway

Early morning at Oslo Central Station, Oslo, Norway

We had pre-booked a rental car and picked it up from the airport (as there were a lot more options available from there) from a really friendly Avis staff member. She was a talkative one and gave us a lot of helpful advice on the route, the local regulations and a rough idea on the steep penalties & fines. Since this was our first time driving in Europe her pointers were really helpful and for the entire trip we kept a firm eye on the speed limit and our speedometer.

Driving in Norway :)

Driving in Norway 🙂

We drove predominantly on highway E18 and saw the gorgeous Norwegian countryside, the colorful houses, blue autumn skies with beautiful artwork of clouds, green fields extending far into the horizon, the narrow winding roads etc etc. The highway was a bit away from the villages but you could see them at a slight distance with building in many shades of white, yellow and red.

Green fields as far as the eye can see, Norwegian countryside, Norway

Green fields as far as the eye can see, Norwegian countryside, Norway

C;ouds and the artwok in the sky, Norway

C;ouds and the artwok in the sky, Norway

At some point in the drive, due to road repair-work, we had to take a slight detour and that route was particularly scenic. We passed through small villages with wooden houses and fields and the road for that entire drive was right next to the sea. We also passed by the beautiful commune of Holmestrand and were tempted to just break the journey and spend some time there.

Scenic views with a detour in the route, Norway

Scenic views with a detour in the route, Norway

Driving along the coast, Norway

Driving along the coast, Norway

Enroute we took a quick detour and stopped at the picturesque white town of Risor. Though a lot of the town was closed we loved the feel the place, the white houses, narrow lanes, the small lighthouse, small cafes and boats, anchors everywhere etc. I am sure it must be crowded and vibrant during the summer time but we loved the empty town and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We had a quick pizza lunch here and the only veg option was a pineapple pizza. Thankfully it turned out to be really yummy and good.

Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

White houses of Risor, Norway

White houses of Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

Anchors everywhere, Risor, Norway

Anchors everywhere, Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

A Fountain, Risor, Norway

A Fountain, Risor, Norway

In Risor, I also saw my first gas station for boats here.

Petrol pump for boats, Risor, Norway

Gas pump for boats, Risor, Norway

Gas Pump for boats, Risor, Norway

Gas Pump for boats, Risor, Norway

We reached Kristiansand by late evening and directly headed for our beautiful B&B called Villa Baneheia. The place was pretty spacious as we had the entire ground floor of this villa (the owner stays on the first floor) and it included a drawing room (with a smart Tv and Netflix) and a functioning kitchen. Our host was also quite funny. KJ asked her for a good location to see the setting sun. Our host mulled on it for a while and then with a puzzled look said “This is Norway. No sunset” 🙂

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Boats and an old fortress, Kristiansand, Norway

Boats and an old fortress, Kristiansand, Norway

So we decided to just walk around and see the neighborhood and the seafront. Unfortunately it was a Saturday and everything around was closed. We still saw some beautiful wooden houses, an old fortress and the seafront. However the best part of Kristiansand was walking along the waterfront under the gorgeous pink skies.

Water Front and a pink sky, Kristiansand, Norway

Water Front and a pink sky, Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Beautiful colors in the sky, Kristiansand, Norway

Beautiful colors in the sky, Kristiansand, Norway

We ended the day enjoying these beautiful colors in the sky and the cool breeze from the sea.

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15 Responses to “Photo Essay – Day 2 – Driving from Oslo to Kristiansand, Norway”

  1. Steve December 24, 2016 at 18:53 #

    A great country. Makes me think about going again soon.

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    • getsetandgo December 24, 2016 at 19:05 #

      So true… I can’t wait to revisit it myself sometime soon 😀

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  2. freebutfun December 25, 2016 at 10:30 #

    I did the same trip but drove further 16 years ago with my dad so this was nostalgic.

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    • getsetandgo December 26, 2016 at 19:13 #

      Hey, what was your driving route?

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      • freebutfun December 26, 2016 at 20:00 #

        We drove from Finland through Sweden to Oslo, along the coast to Kristiansand, continued along the coast via Lyngdal to Stavanger (obviously with a good few stops on the way), and then somewhat across back to Oslo.

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      • getsetandgo December 31, 2016 at 20:29 #

        Sounds fun… we too hope to drive through Sweden and Finland soon too 😁

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      • freebutfun January 1, 2017 at 11:28 #

        We’ve been doing a fair bit of Finland and last summer the south of Sweden too in case you want to have a few tips😊I loved Öland last summer!

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      • getsetandgo January 8, 2017 at 08:20 #

        Thanks so much for your kind offer and I’ll definitely reach out to you when we drive through these countries 😊 happy travels to you …

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  3. tanjabrittonwriter December 26, 2016 at 07:02 #

    Good for you. I visited Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger (too many) decades ago, and still have very fond memories of the places and people.

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    • getsetandgo December 26, 2016 at 19:14 #

      We had an awesome trip too and hope to return soon 🙂

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  4. jems world April 6, 2017 at 17:17 #

    nice…….

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  5. Lydia Barnes April 28, 2017 at 21:23 #

    Great post, sounds like an awesome experience. I have just visited Oslo and fell in love with it.

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