Actual date of this event: 5-7 September
Back in the day, when we lived in Aberdeen, we had a great group of friends. Many of them have moved to a new location, so we have friends in several different places in the world - this is one of the best perks to being an expat in my opinion. One set of friends took a quick hop over the North Sea to Stavanger, Norway, so Luke and I ventured to see our friends, Emily and Tyler, for the weekend. We arrived before lunch on Friday, and Tyler was kind enough to pick us up from the airport. To thank them for their hospitality over the weekend, we loaded up with booze at the duty-free shop before exiting the airport. When I say loaded up, I mean we purchased the max amount of alcohol the airport would let us buy - something along the lines of 1L of liquor + 3L of wine + 2L of beer... but double that because that is one person's allotment (read more here). Alcohol and tobacco are taxed out the wah-zoo in Norway, so duty-free alcohol shopping is a must and the way of Norwegian life. In fact everything in Norway is expensive - so expensive that residents vacation in Britain just to save money for a couple of days!
Anyway, Tyler dropped us at the house, gave us a map, explained a few hot spots, left us with a key then went back to work for a few hours. Luke and I headed to the harbor where we were greeted with a beautiful sunny day. We had lunch, walked around, and enjoyed the terrific weather.
Preikestolen with hopes the weather would clear, but after crossing the water on the ferry, it wasn't looking good so we had to make a decision on what to do. We drove to a beach spot that Emily and Tyler have visited a few times that looked out over the water at the fjord.
One-third of Norway lies within the Arctic Circle.