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Preview of my trip to Scandinavia!

Disney Cruise Alesund

So if you keep up with me over on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that I recently visited the countries of Denmark and Norway on a truly memorable trip. While I had every intention prior to going on writing a whole post on my big upcoming Scandinavian adventure, somehow I never got around to doing so and at least here on the blog, I kept my rather huge 2015 travel plans pretty much under wrap. I think some of this had to do with the fact that “for the first time ever” (yes, I’m channeling the character of Anna from that totally unpopular Disney film about two sisters and some ice), I was embarking on my big trip of the year in June. You see, normally I don’t go on these trips until Labor Day at the earliest or in some years, the months of October and November. So the fact that I booked our trip in January and was actually traveling to the destination mere months later was major.

Preview of my trip to Scandinavia

Beautiful Bergen, Norway

The other reason for traveling when we did is that a week ago today I turned…gulp, 30. I don’t mind getting older but it still blows my mind that I’m the same age of beloved characters from movies and television shows who seemed “so old” to me when I was growing up. But back to turning 30. Every year I celebrate rather boring birthdays. I don’t totally mind this but as this birthday was a rather significant one, I didn’t want the “same old same old.” When I discovered that Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural sailing to Norway would coincide perfectly with my birthday, the wheels started turning. Although it ended up being (by far) the most money we’ve ever spent on a vacation, it was definitely worth it.

Preview of my trip to Scandinavia

My birthday wishes from Palo, the adults only restaurant on the Disney Cruise ships

The Highs

-Visiting the Scandinavian region for the first time (I love visiting new areas of Europe since the bulk of my travels there have generally been to the same concentrated regions)

-Being completely wowed over by the Danish capital of Copenhagen (I adored it there)

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The Little Mermaid statue-simple but sweet.

-Going on a seven night Disney cruise (my three other Disney cruises have all been three nights so it offered a really different experience)

-Being able to witness the Land of the Midnight Sun phenomenon (the one night when we were the furthest point north in our sailing, the sun didn’t set until 11:35 PM and was up again by 4:30 AM!)

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This picture was taken at 11 PM!

-Seeing Norway’s many incredible natural wonders; it truly is a feast for the eyes

-Turning 30 in a most picturesque of place (Alesund, Norway)

Disney Norwegian Fjord Cruise

The Lows

-Not having nearly enough time in Copenhagen (we were only there for a night)

-Prices in Scandinavia really are high like everyone says

Disney Norwegian Fjord Cruise reviews

Two fish and chips meals plus one beer came out to about $55 USD. Tasty but most expensive “fried meal” ever.

-It went by entirely too fast (seriously, I think that of all the trips I’ve taken as an adult, this one raced by the quickest)

I hope to have some Scandinavian posts up starting later this week so stay tuned!

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5 Comments

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    Laura
    June 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Wow looks like it was an amazing trip! Can’t wait to read more about it. And, happy 30th!
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      Julie
      June 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      It was such a terrific time and what a beautiful part of the world! At least from the pictures I’ve seen, Norway looked very much like Alaska. I have no doubt if you ever make it there you’d enjoy it 🙂 And thank you, it was a most memorable birthday!

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