Norway has been high on my wish list of places to visit for some years now. is renowned for it’s spectacular landscapes, with it’s mountains and fjords, reindeers and trolls. Firstly, we started our trip in Oslo. Our Airbnb flat was in the achingly trendy and alternative suburb of Grunerlokka. It was a great place for nightlife, bars and restaurants. It also seemed to be brimming with creativity round every corner.

Street chandelier Oslo

I loved this chandelier suspended across the street. It has been created from recycled objects and twinkled as it caught the light.

Floating garden, Oslo

I also loved the creativity of this floating garden in miniature that someone had created on the river.

Down by the ferry terminal, the new incredibly chic and trendy suburb of Akker Brygge had recently been developed. It was inspiring to see such a great place to hang out. This has been created as a result of landscaping the waterfront area.

Akker Brygge Landscaping


As  a result, it was a great place for folk to gather, eat out, relax in one of the amazing reclining seats and watch the world go by.

Concrete seat Akker Brygge

Norwegians seem have a far more sympathetic approach to their environment. For example, the sedum lawn in front of these offices looked fabulous and is relatively easy to maintain.

Sedum lawn It is also great for bees and butterflies and soaks up the water when it rains – unlike concrete pavers. What more could you ask for?

Turf roof

We then headed for the mountains of Norway, where we spent the following week walking between the fabulous turf roofed Norwegian mountain huts. These were family and dog friendly places, where you met a fantastic crowd of people and swapped stories of skiing and camping within the arctic circle, where it is that cold that your paraffin freezes. The huts were warm and luxurious, with jugs of wild flowers on the tables. I am now dreaming of creating a wildflower meadow on our garden shed.


We were amazed to see what beautiful flowers were lining the paths in the high mountains. Exotic looking Pasque flowers or Pulsatilla seemed to thrive in the most inhospitable of places. Just shows you can grow plants almost anywhere!

We finished our trip in Bergen after a scenic railway journey along fjords and past waterfalls and wild flower meadows. Though it was July, the snow was only just starting to melt and Spring and Summer seem to have been compressed in to one with lilacs nuzzling alongside roses.

My lasting impression of Norway, other than of dramatic natural landscapes, was of how seamlessly the rural gardens blended in with the surrounding landscape. Their turf roofs and wildflower meadows created an incredibly beautiful and unforced effect. By working with nature, they create relatively easy to maintain gardens in what one might consider a harsh environment.