Discovering Sandsøy During a Beautiful Norwegian Summer

Discovering Sandsøy During a Beautiful Norwegian Summer
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The Norwegian Summer

Norway a country known for its breathtaking nature; a land full of  thick forests, high mountains, deep magnificent fjords.  A country of four distinct seasons: long winters, short summers and even shorter autumn and fall, each with own spectacular beauty. The Norwegian summer is short (no one will argue this, I assure you), it has passed by fast and the arrival of autumn is already knocking on the winter door, letting everyone knows that winter will shortly on its way.

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I’ve never been so much preoccupied, and finding time to write on my blog recently has become a challenge for me. But now, I couldn’t wait to show you how it looks like during the summer in Norway, particularly in the middle of Norway, before everything is gonna be covered with snow again.

Norwegian Summer

If you think Norway is about cold hard winters, I couldn’t agree with you more, because it is!  You can read my previous article about winter season in Norway for the cold hard beautiful truth! Norway is stunning during the winter, but it is just as stunning during the short intense summer too!

This 2016 summer holidays, I was stuck in Norway, but that certainly didn’t stop me from traveling. It just gave me another perfect opportunity to explore other fabulous places in Norway, this time, the island of Sandsøy.

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With Ate Evelyn, my awesome host in Sandsøy.

 

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We reached the other endpoint of the Island of Sandsøy. The place is called, Hellandsvagane.




So where is Sandsøy in Norway?

Sandsøy or Sandsøya is an island located in the middle of Norway facing the Norwegian sea to the east. Getting to Sandsøya from Oslo also means experiencing the breathtaking fjords of Norway. And for me, it’s one of the best places to spend summer in Norway.

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View of the island of Voksa connecting to Sandsøya from the top of Sjutoppsturen.

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A perfect spot to see the whole island of Sandsøya.




How to get to Sandsøya and Voksa by bus?

Take the bus from Oslo bus terminal to Ulsteinvik or Volda. It’s better you book your ticket online through nettbuss, as it is cheaper than buying it from the bus. Plus, you get to choose or reserve your seat.

For me, it was great to take the bus to enjoy the majestic scenery all throughout the way. Since I sat on the second floor at the very front, I got the whole view ahead of me and a perfect spot to take pictures too. 

From Ulsteinvik, I was picked up by my friend and we drove all way to the island of Sandsøya. We had to take the car to the boat from Larsnes to Sandsøya.

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Otherwise, you have to take another bus from Ulsteinvik to Larnes and take the boat going to Sandsøya.

See boat schedule here.

Transportation Cost

I booked the ticket the day before my trip and it cost me 719 NOK one way. I took the night  bus going there and the day bus on my way back.

When you book the ticket earlier online, the prices would be a little cheaper. It’s most likely around 679-699. Expect that more people or tourists are traveling on this route during the summer in Norway




The scenic view of Norwegian Summer

Traveling to Sandsøya from Oslo feels like it takes forever, however, the reward is all worth it. By just sitting in the bus I couldn’t help but get a sense of “WOW” along the way. I felt like I was in a postcard and every angle you look with those majestic fjords was just fascinating.

I hope these pictures here will give justice to what I had seen and experienced during the summer in Norway. I broke my big camera on my previous trip to London, so on this trip, I only used my iPhone and GoPro to take pictures.

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Another marvelous view on the road. On this photo, we were about to cross another fjord through this amazing tunnel.

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Stunning, isn't it? One of the reasons why I don't wanna sleep while on the road, I can't afford to miss a scene a like this. (And too bad, the window in front of me was dirty. Lol.)

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We stopped for about 5 minutes before heading to the boat, just to take some photos of this gorgeous view.

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The Hidden Paradise in Sandsøya

I was privileged to stay in this what I call “the best little secret” of the North, a hidden paradise. During my visit, all the flowers were in full bloom, fruits were ready for harvest, the sea was abundant and fishing spots were everywhere. You could see the crabs crawling onto the shore and all the birds that came to feast on them. 

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Norwegian Summer

These are just some of the beautiful lilies in the garden.

 

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Lovely roses of different kinds and colors are grown in Ate Evelyn's garden.

 

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Pretty wild daisies are everywhere.

 

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These strawberries (jordbær) are the sweetest and are grown organically.

 

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A perfect place to enjoy and be with nature.

 

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Fishing spot.

 

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These are Morello Cherries or Moreller in Norwegian.

 

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Red currants or Solbær in Norwegian, these berries have a strong taste that is perfect to used for wine, jams, and juicing.

Sandsøya is a place where it’s away from the noise of traffic and the congestion of people. It’s an off beaten path and it’s literally a Norwegian summer paradise.  

Thank you for reading this article! 😉 Have you been in Norway during the summer? Where did you go? What do you think about the Norwegian summer? 

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  • amer

    You look like you had a really wonderful time. Beautiful post and wonderful pictures.

  • Norway is beautiful and I have heard that it is cold but a must see even in the winter. Some beautiful photos here!

  • Kimberly Caines

    Wow your photos are gorgeous. When I look at them for some reason I feel a sense that the air in Norway is very fresh.. I miss the seasons, since I’m from Holland myself and now live in California. Thank you for the post. Love learning about new places.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Actually, I felt the same by the time I arrived in Norway. The very first thing I love was the fresh air. And even in Oslo, the capital city, you can still enjoy the scenic beauty of lash green trees and forests just a few minutes away from the city center.

  • Amazingly beautiful! It seems that Norway is absolutely a place to visit during the summer, even if it is short, will put it on my bucket list, for sure, thanks

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I totally agree with you Claudia, Norway is a must visit country. Don’t forget to visit the Viking museum too in Oslo, you can read more in the prev article about best museums here: http://bit.ly/1Y680vQ 😉

  • Cute! This place looks really similar to Canada. I’m glad you had a great summer.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I’ve never been to Canada yet, but based on some photos/videos I’ve seen, some places certainly look the same. 😉

  • Anamika Ojha

    Never heard of Sandsøy as a tourist destination in Norway but it looks surreal and loved all your pictures!