Our first vaccation – part III: Norway


Part III:  Norway

from the 4th of Augut to the 7th of August

Welcome to Norway!


After our visit to Nordens Ark we drove back home to Norway. We didn’t make any stops between the border and the summerhouse of my parents. My parents had taken care of our keeper puppies and an unsold brother for the duration of our vaccation and we couldn’t wait to see them again.

Having picked up the puppies we drove home, picked up the adults and had a few relaxing days. We also went back down the the summer house for a bit of swimming in the fjord and being social with my parents, sister and nephew.


Our first vaccation – part II: Sweden

Part II: Sweden

From the 2nd of August to the 4th of August

After crossing the Øresund bridge from Denmark we continued up the coast to Gothenborg.  Here we stayed at Elite Park Avenue Hotel. Situated in Gothenborg’s main street Avenyen. A wonderful hotel with excellent staff and rooms. The price was reasonable considering it is a four star hotel with prime location. We will most likely be back next time we visit Gothenborg. At least if we go without dogs.

Our plans for Gothenborg was relaxing and a visit to the amusement park  Liseberg.  That didn’t work out, as just before we reached Liseberg we came across a dinosaur! Both of us having had dinosaurs as an interest earlier in life, and still reading up on them from time to time it was bound to sidetrack us. We ended up at Universum instead of Liseberg.  Not at all a bad thing.

It was a rather huge place but we visited the flora and fauna part and of course the dinosaurs on  the rooftop.

They had one display of fish, birds,reptiles and amphibians from Scandinavia.  Another part had a rainforest environment,  they had a huge marine aquarium tank – and several small ones. A collection of serpents that I really enjoyed and of course the dinosaur display.  Animatronic ones. I guess they weren’t all that amazing, but as it kind of was a trip back to childhood we had great fun seeing them anyway.  Luckily several of the species had been uploaded since we were kids and gotten their feathers.



On our way back to the hotel,  we got the first rain during our vaccation.  And it really poured down. It was refreshing. Knowing we would be back at the hotel before long we made no attempt at staying dry, but enjoyed the pouring rain. Me rather a bit more than him though.



Leaving Gothenborg we visited the zoo Nordens Ark (the Ark of the Nordic) before driving into Norway. This zoo primarly have northern species. Big areas for their animals and areas that are possible to rotate between animals to some extent, meaning that the animals get more stimulation than staying the exact same area all the time. I long wanted to visit this park as they have several species of cats I haven’t seen in life before. I wasn’t let down, and I loved the fact that the animals may hide themselves from view if they whish to.


Our first vaccation – part I: Denmark

In the Summer of 2014, more exact from the 25th of July to the 7th of August we went on our first vaccation together. This is a recapitulation in three parts.

Part I: Denmark

From the 25th of July to the 2nd of August


We started out taking the Fjordline ferry M/S Bergensfjord from Langesund – about 45 minutes drive from my home (at that point he didn’t live here yet) to Hirtshals in Denmark.

Fjordline’s ferry M/S Bergensfjord


Our vaccation would be a road trip in Denmark and Sweden, with a couple of days at my familiy’s summer house in Norway before we had to return to our day to day life.


The first part of our vaccation was spent in Denmark. starting out in the north, driving up to Skagen and to the outermost tip of Denmark, Grenen.Our first night was spent at a camping ground in a tent. We then had lunch in Skagen centrum, and spent some time on the beach.


In the afternoon we drove to Ørnereservatet. A fabulous place well worth a visit. We sure will return ourselves one day. It was fantastic to see the big birds of prey flying free in the Danish nature, as well as seeing the bond they clearly had with their humans.


We then continued on to Randers were we visited Randers Regnsov,  rainforest growing in domes.  Plants and animals were divided in South America,  Asia and Africa.  It’s a nice place to visit and you really get a bit of the same feeling as a real rainforest gives you.

Next stop was Himmelbjerget. Not the highest point in Denmark,  but the most famous high point. It’s elevation is a mere 147 meters. Not all that impressive when you’ve grown up with 1000 m mountains around you. However it does give you a good view of the surroundings as Denmark is a rather flat country even in it’s more hilly areas were Himmelbjerget is located. 

Crossing Lillebælt we arrived at Fyn island and went to the city of Odense.  The most memorable parts were the delicious steak we ate and meeting the Katta Lemurs  of Odense Zoo close up.

Next day we continued on across Storebælt to Skjælland island and down across the Falster island and arriving at Lolland island. Here we stayed in an apartment right outside Maribo for a night before visiting Knuthenborg Safaripark.

Knuthenborg Safaripark once was known as the medieval manor of Årsmarke. This was Denmark’s largest private estate.  It opened for a paying public already back in 1870, at that time displaying only exotic plants such as the rhododendrons which still grow in the park.  In 1950 it opened as a safaripark  as well, adding the first exotic animals in 1969. Today it is still a unique place to visit.You drive your own car through huge enclosures where the animals have the opportunity to get away from it all if they wish to. In several areas you may stop your car and go outside it for a closer look. Some of the animals will let you pet them, others won’t.



Our last stop in Denmark was the capital Copenhagen.  We stayed here for a few days. Took a boat sightseeing,  visited Tivoli, wandered about the city and last visited the aquarium den blå planet (the blue planet). We weren’t all that impressed by this, even if it is one of the largest aquariums in Europe.  Then we crossed the tunnel and Øresund bridge into Sweden.


the Øresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden. Made famous by the detective series “the bridge”