Part 1/3 of the Norway Trip
03.03.2014 - 09.03.2014 -3 °C
So it was first week of my stay in Paris, and we went visiting places of interest throughout the week + going to Cergy for school admin matters and to meet new people. However, upon our 3rd day of arrival, we were told that school don't start until a week later.
I was like, OMG, I NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE THEN!
My housemates suggested that we should go around France on a road trip, but i din't want cause I thought of catching something more seasonal: the Northern Lights.
So when i told this to Matthew and JQ they thought it was pretty cool. Except that we got to check the prices as we were afraid it would cost a bomb since we only have like 4 days to decide.
I actually thought of going Tromso, but JQ told me about a friend who - something happened to him- and is going alone to Narvik and to Lofoten. I was actually hesitant at first, but upon hearing that the places he travels to are pretty nice, and that we can see Northern Lights, i was more willing to share cost with this unknown dude for our stay in Lofoten.
To cut the whole story short, we ended up booking our tickets 4 days before the flight and flew to Oslo from Beauvais airport with Ryan air for around 150+ euros.
We did not book accommodation prior to the trip because we had friends staying there or that our accommodation has already paid/taken care of by the unknown dude.
So for the first night in Oslo(we arrived like in the evening even though we traveled from afternoon), we slept stayed at BI University hostel. It was a short and freezing night, cause we did not turn on the heater. Thank God for Priscilla (Jin Quan's friend) as she was nice enough to lend the 3 guys a room to sleep in while she slept with Joanne, her hostel room buddy.
Dinner at the Oslo central
Dinner at a cafe: Cost a bomb but the salmon is good with the Hollandaise Sauce!
We left early the next day in a zombified state to go to the Oslo airport. It was WAY nearer than Rygge Airport definitely. The flight cost around 100+ euros return and we took Norwegian Air from Oslo to Narvik.
So on the plane, i was sleeping soundly until I woke up to see the plane flying above some strange yet beautiful mountain formation that I never seen before.
Shortly after landing at Narvik airport(Evenes), it cost a whooping 40 SGD 1 way, around 200 NOK, to go Narvik city. The journey took around an hour but the bus driver did not ask us if we are going back to the airport, otherwise we could get it WAY cheaper, like 50 SGD for 2 ways. =.= Hence we ended up paying 80 SGD when we went back to the airport on the last day. HENCE PLS TAKE NOTE PEEPS, RMB TO BUY RETURN TICKETS!
The journey to Narvik was beautiful, and it was magical. JQ was like singing "let it go" but i din't understood why he kept singing it until about a month later, did i realize that the movie Frozen was depicted in Norway. LOL
Anyway, as i said earlier we had no accommodation in mind prior to the trip, we were thinking to check into one of the expensive hotels near Narvik central. However, JQ's mysterious friend is apparently a laojiao couch surfer, and somehow, he got us a couch to stay at a Chinese couch surf host's home. So we journeyed to Du Yuan's hostel, up a slippery hill and finally found her hostel about 1 hour ++ later. She was a pleasant Chinese lady, and was soooo ke qi. We offered to cook for her after buying some groceries nearby and we went up to the top of the ski mountain in Narvik, via a pretty "unstable"cable car, to view the entire Narvik city. From there we can see the fjord clearly and Narvik was indeed a freaking beautiful city(although we initially thought the place was quite laid back and technologically less advance since some of their buildings are really old).
We later spent the night cooking and trying to sleep early as we were extremely tired from waking up super early 2 days in a row!
It was then, JQ's mysterious friend told JQ that there were northern light activity in the sky. We off the room lights, squint into the sky and saw some whitish, ghostly thingy floating in the night sky. I was thinking "What's that? Clouds?" And after awhile i realized it was the Northern lights!!
And i am complaining why they take for me the pic with northern light so cui.... D:<
The 3 of us got soooo excited we geared up and brave the cold outside to look at it.
We took pictures in the dark and i think the Norwegian dude that passed by us sure think we r some country bumpkins.
After awhile we turned bored and cold, we went back in the warm hostel: hoping to see more Northern lights at Lofoten the next day~
Stay tune for the mysterious dude( whose travel experience is freaking zai )who brought us to Lofoten the next day in my next blog post! =D