Starting your own Bakery: Creating the Idea

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Hello lovely readers and welcome to a brand new series for World of Wanderlust! As many of you already know, I’ve decided to halve my time travelling the world with living back at home in my native Tasmania (the little island “underneath Australia” as it has so often been described to me!) The reason for moving home is to open a new dessert shop in my home town, Launceston, called Charlie’s Dessert House.

The one thing I love as much as travel is sweets (who doesn’t!?), so it feels like a natural progression to partially put down roots, have more of a balanced lifestyle, travel once a month instead of 365 days of the year, and do something I love just as much in my hometown!

The creation of Charlie’s also gives me a chance to meet you guys in person, as whenever I’m not travelling I will be in the store – behind the counter, in the kitchen, running around for service, etc. etc. etc. So I sure do hope to meet some readers in that time – have chat, stop for a coffee, talk travel, whatever we so please!

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Starting your Own Bakery: Creating the Idea

So in this series of blogs (and videos) about starting your own bakery, I want to share with you the process to opening up a new business. Charlie’s is more of an all-day-all-night dessert house than anything (not just a bakery but also a late night dessert restaurant and with smoothies galore… anything of the sweet variety!) However I chose to label the series about creating a bakery, as during the day there will be a range of baked goods in store, as well as an all day breakfast menu and all night dessert menu (all sweet stuff, of course!)

The idea behind Charlie’s was to bring something new to my home town. As someone who enjoys the occasional night out with friends rather than an all-weekend-bender, I knew there must be others like me who would like somewhere nice to go in the evenings that isn’t necessarily a bar or a fine dining restaurant.

Thus, Charlie’s was born!

Choosing the Name

Just as I have always said about creating a blog, creating the name for a new business is the most important decision you will make. Your business name is what customers and potential customers know you by first and foremost, so it is important to create name that is memorable. A business name should also tell your potential customers what you are offering – i.e. if I didn’t add “Dessert House” to the name of my business, customers might not know what I am offering them. Sweet tooths looking for a sugar fix might walk past without knowing what is lying right under their nose!

Creating the Logo

Creating a logo should also be just as important when starting up a new business. You want a logo that is memorable, reflective of your business, and not overly complicated. I chose a simple text for “CHARLIE’S” with a cupcake logo, which immediately shows potential customers what we’re about – cupcakes and all kinda sweets!!

Refining the idea

Originally when the idea of Charlie’s was in ideas-phase, my boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to start an all-day-breakfast cafe with all-night-desserts. The original idea included egg and savoury dishes on the breakfast menu, however after further refinement we decided to stick to the niche of “sweet food only” as it would really be something new and exciting. But sweet food only didn’t mean we couldn’t offer healthy food options like breakfast bowls and raw vegan desserts… something for everyone was the aim of the game (unless you don’t like sweets – then you might wanna find somewhere else!)

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Creating the Menu

Of course with any food business, the menu is the most important, determining factor as to whether your customers enjoy your business (or not!) Thus we knew early on that “sweets only” was a safe bet for someone like me, who has tried, tasted and triple tasted almost every dessert on the planet.

Sticking to the “something for everyone” idea, I wanted a menu that focused on a handful of classic desserts from around the world, each with a distinct flavour. If you like fruity flavours, there’s a raspberry meringue smash. If you like rich chocolate flavours, the choc lava pudding. If you’re a fan of caramel, look no further than the banoffee pie. And so on and so forth!

If you’re interested, you can check out the full menu here.

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Creating the Space

The next part of the series (on my Youtube channel and follow up on the blog) will be about creating the space. Now you know a little more about the idea process, I can’t wait to share with you the construction zone as we piece it all together in time for opening day!

For a teaser, the Charlie’s interior design story resembles a very distinct Parisian style, with a hint of British elegance. The colour scheme is black, white and gold… everything, down to the cutlery, reflects this. There will be beautiful string lighting to bring the restaurant to life in the evenings and a bright, white, light space in the day time (boy can I not wait for you to see inside when it is all complete!)

If you have any questions about starting a bakery/business you’d like answered, please comment below! Really look forward to sharing this next chapter with you!

Next up in the video series: Creating the Space! 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

My First Time in Norway: Cruising the Norwegian Fjords!

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For my 25th Birthday I was in search of a new and exciting destination to travel to. I was looking for somewhere I could go with my mum to celebrate in style, so with the flip of a coin we chose to visit Norway. Living in Australia there isn’t really anywhere we could have chosen that was further away, so we wanted to make sure that when we arrived we could kick back, relax, and leave the hard work of planning and putting in to action a trip to someone else. Thus it was decided: we would venture into the Norwegian Fjords on an 8-night cruise, exploring and adventuring throughout the day and relaxing and over-indulging through the night. Talk about striking a balance!

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Cruising with Celebrity

I took my first cruise over a year ago and believe me when I say I was the most shocked out of all of us that I had such a good time. Many moons ago cruising was a luxurious form of travel reserved for only the most affluent of guests, but cruising as we know it today invites any and all on board to travel the world in style, sophistication and with a superb range of benefits.

To those who haven’t cruised before, when you book a cruise you pay an all-inclusive price that covers your accommodation on board, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), entertainment on board (nightly theatre shows and live music), and transport to and from each port. With all of this included in to one packaged price, I was surprised to learn that cruising then becomes a reasonably affordable way to travel, that allows you to fall asleep in one city and wake up in the next (thus cutting out those long travel days and giving you more time to explore each destination!)

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The Itinerary: 8 Nights in the Norwegian Fjords

Our cruise to Norway began in Southhampton, England, which gave me an excuse (I’ll take any!) to visit London and show my mum around one of my all-time favourite cities. From London we caught the 1.5 hour train to Southhampton, boarded the ship and off we went!

The first and final nights of the cruise were spent at sea, travelling to and from Norway. This gave us a great chance to kick the jet lag and adopt our new time zone as swiftly as possible, so that when we arrived in Norway we were off and ready to hit the ground running!

The first port of call for the cruise was Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and known to most as the gateway to the fjords.

Our second port of call was the small village of Flåm, a small but charming village and our first insight into life inside the fjords.

The following day we arrived in Geiranger, another small village but full of breathtaking views and hikes to capture this narrow fjord, highly regarded as one of the most beautiful in all of Norway.

Heading out of the fjords and back toward the coast, we then stopped at Ålesund, with incredible city views and charming Art Nouveau architecture.

And for our final stop of the cruise we arrived in Stavanger, Norway’s third largest city with intricate alleyways and small streets to wander.

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Life On Board

Every person who has ever cruised before will know that there are two trips when you take a cruise: one on land and one on board. While you spend your days exploring on foot, you spend your mornings, evenings and days at sea indulging in the easy breezy life at sea.

The best part of cruising for me is the ease of travel – there’s just one check in and check out for the duration of your holiday, you do your travelling overnight whilst sleeping (thus having more time to explore when you arrive), and you sleep in the same bed every night, yet wake up in a new city. Bliss!

The on board offerings were almost always too tempting to resist: a delicious buffet of every breakfast item you could imagine, a continued all-day buffet, and a three-course meal every evening with a set dinner reservation. Each night the menu would change and we would taste flavours from all over the world, chatting with fellow cruisers and our wait staff who were also from all corners of the globe.

The entertainment on board was surprisingly my favourite highlight and especially worth mentioning for the talent alone. Each night we were treated to an evening performance, either by a special fly-in act or a cast ensemble who performed live theatre. It was the latter that I found most enjoyable, with many of the cast being Broadway-quality performers (and for those of you who have been reading my blog a while, you’ll know I have seen loads of shows!).

For one of our days at sea, I treated my mum and I to a day at the spa for manicures. We sat there giggling and talking about how we could get used to being pampered and so well looked after on holiday. As someone who is used to overnight train journeys, googling where to eat vegetarian food in a new city and living out of a suitcase, it was an uber indulgence to travel with Celebrity Cruises and spend my birthday trip actually on holiday!

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I travelled to Norway as a guest of Celebrity Cruises, who I cannot thank enough for making my 25th birthday such a memorable one!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend a Birthday in London!

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I’m starting to think that the quarter of a century age should be a thing. Forget turning eighteen or twenty one, turning 25 for me was the most exciting of the bunch! It has been a really exciting 12 months – working on and announcing my first published book, travelling to twenty or more countries (I lose count) and most recently announcing the opening of my new sweets store! To celebrate in style, I booked my mum and I plane tickets to London on top of our Norway trip (spending your day on a plane for 30 hours didn’t seem quite right when you’re headed home!) This turned out to be one of my favourite trips of the year with one of my favourite people in the world. So here’s how to spend your birthday in London – World of Wanderlust styyyyyyle!

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Check In: The Mandeville Hotel

We arrived in London at 6:00am and not to my surprise, spent way too long waiting for our bags at Heathrow Airport (sigh). After a couple of hours at the airport, we made our way to check in to The Mandeville Hotel, who have just launched “French Riviera” style rooms that are to die for! To our surprise we were given the room key immediately, showered away the jet lag, and off we went to explore London. The four star hotel was conveniently located just off Oxford Street, which gave us more excuses than we needed to fill our suitcases with all sorts of goodies!

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Afternoon tea at The Savoy

The highlight of my day was spoiling my mum to a longstanding British tradition; the much-loved afternoon tea at The Savoy. This hotel is an institution in itself, which was evident as soon as we entered the heavy brass revolving doors, feeling as if we had stepped right on to the set of Downton Abbey.

As this was my mum’s first afternoon tea experience, we spoiled ourselves by ordering a glass of Moet Rosé to truly mark the day as birthday quality! The lavish three tiers of afternoon tea goodies that followed will keep us talking for years to come: traditional English scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, finger sandwiches and the all important pastry selection!

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Shopping on Oxford & Regent Street

As mentioned earlier, our hotel was a little too conveniently located to my all time favourite shopping streets the world over: Oxford street and Regent street. As Oxford street is an attraction in itself, I would recommend only shopping here between 9:00 – 12:00 before the crowds arrive. After this time the streets are absolutely packed with tourists, though if you’re after the ambience alone, this is a great time to take it all in!

Regent street has become my preferred shopping street over the years, with fab finds like Hamley’s toy store, REISS and Zara Home being some of my faves. Walking around the streets of Mayfair is fun too, but a little on the expensive side after all the high street shopping we indulged in!

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Sightseeing in West London

Being my mum’s first time in London, I couldn’t avoid the old and faithful red double decker tourists busses for a fun afternoon of sightseeing! Playing tour guide, I took my mum to favourites such as Big Ben, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Afterwards we walked the streets of Soho and Covent Garden – my two favourite suburbs to explore later in the day and in to the evening!

Thank you all for joining me for another year of adventures! Here’s to the next year!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend One Day in Stavanger, Norway!

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As the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger strikes a unique balance between old world charm and city vibrance. With just one day in Stavanger, I set out to see why this is one of Norway’s most charming cities and what one should do whilst visiting the city and the region.

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Stavanger Harbour

As we were cruising our way through the coastal cities and towns of Norway, we unsurprisingly started our day in Stavanger at the harbour, which also acts as a central point of reference when visiting the city. The harbour itself was a beautiful area to stroll around in the morning and from here you could take one of two routes: one through the old town and one to the modern city where you would wind your way through endless shops along cute narrow streets.

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The Old Town

As this was said to be the most photographic part of town, I naturally chose to begin my day exploring Stavanger here, in the heart of the Old Town. This area is incredibly well preserved and offers visitors an insight into Norwegian life and history. Whilst the houses were once used as accommodation when Stavanger was the capital of Norway, they are now privately owned and kept in a timeless sense that allows you to step back in time.

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Ovre Holmegate

Another beautiful part of town that is less talked about is located just off the main shopping area on a street named Ovre Holmegate. Here you can wander the bright, colourful streets that show a quirkier side to the city of Stavanger, stopping in at one of the many vintage clothing stores, record stores, or small cafes. Although small, this part of town has a much more relaxed, care-free vibe and is a great place for people watching!

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Day Trips from Stavanger

Even though Stavanger is the third largest city in Norway, you will easily cover the city in half a day and thus might be looking to venture beyond the city for what Norway is really known for: hikes and nature!

The most popular day trip nearby is Preikestolen, accessible by ferry and a 3.8 kilometre hike. If you’re up for an adventure the views overlooking Lysefjorden are said to be incredible (sadly we didn’t have time!)

I visited Stavanger on an 8 night cruise of the Norwegian Fjords with Celebrity Cruises. I would highly recommend both the cruise and the late summer sailing (end of August) if you’re looking for a slice of sunshine with a chance of rain!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

September Swimwear Giveaway!

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How is it seriously September already!? It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating Christmas at home in Australia and now we’re just a few months off from doing it all over again!

This year I’m spending September back at home in Australia, working on the opening of my new store before heading off to the Northern Hemisphere for a wintery escape (think polar bears and below freezing temperatures… the Cannucks might be a better clue!?)

As I’m back in the Southern Hemisphere this time of year, the weather is starting to heat up and summer is just around the corner. As such, it seems more than necessary for a great time to host a giveaway!

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My friend Vanessa owns an eco-friendly swimwear line and I’ve been wearing her swimsuits for years (this year in the Maldives; last year in Bali; you get the drill…)

She has been so kind as to offer a giveaway to WOW readers (yay!) with her Wanderlust Collection of swimsuits (seems fitting given you guys love travel as much as I do and when isn’t a bikini a necessary item for the ol’ suitcase!?

Summer Love Swimwear Giveaway

To enter to win one of three Wanderlust bikinis (your preferred selection and size) just upload a photo of your all-time-fave summer destination and tag @worldwanderlust @summerloveswimwear #SUMMERLOVESWIM in the caption. You’ll need to follow @summerloveswimwear to win & 3 lucky winners will be announced 1st October!

Winners:

@harisondiana

@wis_brandi

@kianaoxo

Good luck!

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Is this the cutest town in Norway!? A Guide to Ålesund, Norway

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We arrived in the early hours of an Autumn morning to the gorgeous waterfront town of Ålesund, Norway. Immediately my eyes lit up like a child on Christmas morning, as I examined the Art Nouveau architecture from afar and began mentally planning the order of business for the day. With exceptional city views, a gorgeous harbour atmosphere and endless charm, here is why Ålesund has got to be the prettiest town in Norway.

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Introducing Ålesund, Norway!

Ålesund (pronounced au – le – sund) is surrounded by water, which unsurprisingly results in the town being a major fishing harbour. The city centre has a very unique Art Nouveau style, following a fire that passed through in the first years of the 20th century and resulted in the entire town being rebuilt to the then current architectural style. This unique mix of intriguing architecture and the dramatic landscape surrounded by water, this town has quickly become a traveller’s favourite for those visiting and touring Norway.

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Things to Do in Ålesund

Although a small-ish sized town, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy for a full day exploring Ålesund. Begin with the incredible city views at first light or the end of the day for colourful skies, followed by street meandering, trinket shopping and should you have more time – a day excursion nearby.

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Climb the 418 Steps to Fjellstua Viewpoint

If a picture tells a thousand words… then I’m sure you’re already convinced this is one of the best city views you could ever encounter! For sure my favourite part of visiting this town was to take a walk up the 418 steps that lead to Fjellstua viewing platform. The walk is entirely free and begins in the city centre itself, accessible from the town park (Byparken).

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Visit the Art Nouveau Centre

As the 1904 fire destroyed nearly the entire city centre, Ålesund as we know it today is a modern architectural dream: full of Art Nouveau at every turn. The centre of town displays many beautiful colourful buildings in this architectural style and is well worth a visit for walking and admiring alone. There are daily walking tours for those looking to learn a little more about the city centre, the fire and the subsequent Art Nouveau re-birth of the city.

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Walk Around the Harbour

As the town is fairly compact, it won’t be too long before you stumble upon the gorgeous harbour of Ålesund. Here you can walk around the water’s edge and admire the seaside culture and, if you’re lucky, lap up the summer sunshine! Nearby to this area you will also find may shops selling trinkets, souvenirs and mainstream shops are all within arm’s reach.

Aalesunds Museums is a great choice to escape the bad weather if you don’t happen to arrive in the city on an often rare day of sunshine!

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Day Trips from Ålesund

Alnes Lighthouse – picturesque lighthouse a short drive away.

Sukkertoppen – “sugar top” hike.

Runde – bird island.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Style Files: Black & Gold Plane Essentials

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Packing my bags for a new adventure is almost always that moment when it all becomes real. The excitement of a new place and the hours and days of research spent planning a trip suddenly become plans in action and before you know it you’re handing over your passport and departure card. On my most recent trip to London, I realised one thing about my carry-on luggage: almost all of it was black and gold. There’s just just something so classic, timeless and effortless about black and gold accessories, so today I’m going to share some of my fave picks for the season!

My arm candy is this simple and understated timepiece by Shore Projects, who I’m sure you’ve all seen a lot of bloggers wearing lately. Their pieces are beautifully simple and come with multiple bands to switch up your watch. I chose the black/gold combination and an additional gold band for more formal night time affairs!

My sunglasses were a bargain buy from QUAY Australia, who have also been really popular among the bloggersphere! Their sunglasses are really affordable (about $60 from memory) and a great alternative to the more expensive brands that offer a similar product (both in style and quality). I chose these round glasses with a gold frame and also have a pair of their oversized aviators which are great to hide the jet lag!

I’m sure you’re all familiar with my ear candy by now, these stunning headphones by Frends. I’ll be the first to admit that these are an investment piece and don’t come cheap, but the quality of sound is great and they’re super stylish! These are the one item I am most complimented on – most frequently by airline staff!

My scents of the season are all by Jo Malone – English Pear & Freesia, Peony & Blush Suede and Red Roses. I first invested in Jo Malone a couple of years back as a mother’s day gift for my mum, however have found myself stealing the scent every chance I get! Thus in New York last month I invested in two new picks from their range and absolutely adore them both! The English Pear & Freesia is a little more cool with woody tones, whilst the Red Roses is great for late night dates (a little more sophisticated and a really strong scent).

My phone cover was a bargain buy and means I hardly ever lose my phone – winning!

My bespoke travel pieces (black with gold initials) are by The Daily Edited, an Australian brand who have kinda taken the world by storm lately! I was gifted these two pieces and absolutely adore them. The small bag is great for travel-sized cosmetics, but is too small for skincare (food for thought!) The passport cover is really hand to keep everything travel-related in one place, though doesn’t have a coin compartment so you’ll need a separate wallet for shrapnel!

My camera is of course the famous Olympus PEN E-PL7 (I talk about this camera A LOT!) I’m still as in love with this little guy as I was when I first opened it in the mail. This is my ultimate go-to camera for all vlog entries and I even use it for photos a lot of the time. For a small camera it certainly packs a lot of punch!

My beauty essentials are currently pretty slim as my skin is behaving without too much hassle (yay)! I would highly recommend the face oil by Sunday Riley and the only lipstick you’ll ever need: Audrey by Charlotte Tilbury (I’m not kidding when I say this is the best lipstick I have ever owned!)

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Happy travels!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Into the Norwegian Fjords: Exploring Geiranger

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If there’s one village that says picture-perfect-postcard better than any other in Norway, it is Geiranger. This village sits at the end of one of Norway’s most beautiful and photographed fjords; Geirangerfjord. Whilst travelling through the coast of Norway we stopped in to Geiranger for just one day – though one day is better than none – to see why this fjord is regarded as a must visit for travellers exploring the fjords of Norway.

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Arriving in Geiranger Norway

If UNESCO World Heritage listings are anything to go by, then you’ll be delighted to learn that Geiranger is not only on the list, but has also received a top score from National Geographic as a must visit village and fjord in Norway.

One of the best ways to arrive in Geirangerfjord is by water, as you’ll get to see how beautiful this narrow fjord is whilst passing through it to reach the village. We arrived in the early hours of the morning by cruise ship, however if you find yourself travelling through Norway by car, you can arrive by ferry from Hellesylt or Valldal.

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Things to do in Geiranger

Although a small village in size, there are plenty of great activities on offer in Geiranger, especially for the more adventurous traveller!

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For one of the best views in all of Norway, make your way along the winding narrow road that leads to this incredible (and free!) viewing platform. From here you can enjoy views of the town and fjord, though be aware that weather plays a key role in how visible your views will actually be! 

Kayaking

Another very popular way to experience Geirangerfjord is to take a kayaking tour with one of the local providers, though be sure to check the days and times of operation in advance as each season brings a new challenge in Norway!

Hiking

Around the fjord there are two main hikes that can both be reached in under an hour: Storseterfossen and Løsta.

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Day Trip: Briksdal Glacier

For those looking to see more inland, I would highly recommend a day trip to Briksdal Glacier. Here you can choose a 1.5 hour hike (return) or a leisurely drive in a trollcar to reach the glacier, which is the most accessible arm of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Along the way you can see how much of the glacier has melted over the years – a great insight for climate change sceptics!

After your visit (and only after your visit) I would highly recommend watching the Norwegian film “The Wave”. Not only is it based on previous events and events said by scientists to come true in the future, but it is also a very well made film (and kinda puts some Hollywood suspense films to shame!)

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

In to the Norwegian Fjords: Visiting the Village of Flam, Norway!

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Norway is a country I have long had on my travel list (haven’t we all!?) and this summer I was lucky enough to visit for a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords with my mum in tow, on the Celebrity Eclipse ship with Celebrity Cruises. The 8 night cruise began in the South of England, making its way North to the famous west coast of Norway, where you will find oodles of postcard-perfect towns and villages, this the charming village of Flåm. This is undoubtedly one of the prettiest little villages in Norway and the perfect location to experience the famed Norwegian Fjords.

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Arriving In Flåm, Norway

We arrived in the early hours of the morning and with the Norwegian weather being so unpredictable at the best of times (well, at least I suppose in winter you can expect snow, snow and more snow), we set off first thing to beat the chance of rain later in the day. This small village is best known for being the starting point to experience the Flåm Railway, which provides picturesque views from above on a relaxing one hour journey.

The village itself is very small, with just a few small eateries and a handful of souvenir shops to cater to the summer cruise ships. If visiting for just one day as I did, I would suggest some sturdy walking shoes and hitting the trails to find great views around the town and small waterfront, or renting a bicycle to take you along the water to Aurland, a larger village 10 kilometres away.

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Things to Do in Flåm

As the Flåm Railway is the third steepest rail track in the world, it comes at no surprise that most visitors to the village take the hour-long journey through endless tunnels to take in those sweeping views from above.

For those who prefer a more active escape, there are local kayak rentals and tours operating daily through the summer, which is another great way to see the fjord, except this time from the water.

Cycling is another great way to see the area beyond the village, especially if you choose to ride the 10 kilometres to nearby Aurland.

For those on a budget, you can also choose a range of hikes in the area by heading to the tourist information centre and choosing a hike that suits your level of fitness and the time you have available.

For me, the best way to enjoy Flåm was just to walk around the village, the water’s edge, the nearby short hikes and to take it all in.

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend One Day in Bergen, Norway!

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Of all the destinations on my map for my first visit to Norway, Bergen was the one I was most excited for. Having seen oodles of colourful photographs of what looks like a small coastal town (but is actually the second largest city in Norway), I was convinced this was reason enough to travel so far North (around 30 hours of flying and transit from Australia). Once here, I had just one day in Bergen to explore all this city has to offer – from incredible views to one of the most picturesque harbours, here is everything you must see and do in Bergen!

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Bryggen, Bergen

The historical harbour of Bryggen (translation: North side of the bay) is as pretty as a postcard and indeed, one of the main drawcards for tourism to Norway’s coastal cities and towns. The wooden houses that line the harbour today were actually rebuilt following a devastating fire in 1702, however are considered to be like those used as far back as 1350, when this area was created for trade purposes.

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Step behind the pretty facades and make your way through the small alleyways of Bryggen to get a feel for what this area would have been like during the Middle Ages. If you chance a visit before the crowds arrive (before 9:00am), you will have a great opportunity to experience what life must have been like centuries ago.

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Here in Bryggen you will also find many souvenir shops, local handicrafts and art galleries. One of my favourite finds was Julehuset, a year-round Christmas shop on the upper levels of the first building along the strip. This is a great little shop to visit if you’re after a cute little trinket to take home that will actually get more use (ahem, as opposed to say, a fridge magnet!!!)

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Wander the Streets behind Bryggen

One of the best pieces of advice I received on the day was from a local man who pointed us in the direction of the residential streets behind Bryggen (away from the water), which were filled with wooden houses in their traditional state. These streets were full of charm at every turn and it was a great way to spend an hour or so soaking up local life (plus, everyone was super friendly!)

Bergen Harbour Market

Weekend Markets

As we arrived in town on a Sunday morning, we had the chance to wander through fresh, local produce as we inspected the offerings at the harbour market. While seafood was the primary offering, there was also a great selection of fresh berries (how delicious do these look!?) and even a smoothie bar.

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I visited Bergen on the Norwegian Fjords cruise with Celebrity Cruises. This cruise runs twice per year and if you’re after the sunshine, I’d suggest taking the August cruise at the end of summer! 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!