Single Trip in 2018 to Norway changed the way how i traveled and experienced the nature around me. It was an Underrated country to be explored. Its more majestic and scintillating in landscapes with happy welcoming Norwegians all around.
Lessons learnt during the trip.
1) Love the Nature.
When My Host said "I am not Christian/Jew, I am one who loves Nature.My Religion is to Love Nature"
It touched my Soul deep down as to how one could love the nature(Gods Creation) so much and protect it by not polluting or destroying it.
Whenever we Visit all we end up is polluting the place more, whereas Norwegians make sure no waste is dropped in any places after there camping/visits.
The Most Amazing feel was watching more than several Thousand KM's of Fjords been so clean that one could drink water from it. I did not find even a piece of paper, plastic, waste etc floating on it. You could see Autumn Fall leaves on the water only near the end, something we need to learn.
What is saw in My Bandipur Trip a month later, we bath, wash our private parts, wash clothes in streams of fresh water. We throw plastics, papers etc on roads, rivers, forests(when It is advised please don't throw any plastics/waste in Forest Area) everywhere around us. The ones who throw are the most educated Professionals of our own Nation which leaves me in distress. Not sure when we will change.
2) There will be no Sunlight
This is the land of Midnight Sun as well place where you can see sunlight only for one hour for few months. During Our visit in Autumn we witnessed around 17 to 18 hours of sunlight which allows us to roam without looking into watch for longer duration's. During our stay we witnessed sun rises at early morning 6am to 6:30am and go down to rest after 8:30pm in the night.
3) Happy People
All around us we saw People who were happy with smiles on the face. From the bus conductor who comes to check tickets to the cab drivers to the hosts everyone had a smile on their face and greeted us.
Random People on street always had a smile on their faces and used to smile back at us with a greeting "Hello".
Small Smile can hide many things and make you look at life differently. Something which we need to learn a lot as Indians.
4) I am there to Help You
Norwegians or Anyone in Norway were always there to help you. From the Information desk to random strangers anyone when you ask for help would help you to the most. It can be from simple guide the path or give you advice.
Few incidents which made me move in Norway, at Bergen Aquarium when a Non-Norwegian Lady asked the Guy at Counter how to book a cab. The Guy booked a cab for her and told its waiting outside, just get into the cab and pay him when you get down. The extra step to book a cab was something very special.
Another one, when we approached our Host Gry in Sogndal about Kayak on Sognefjorden. she told she will take us around for free guided kayak trip on the fjord for as long as we want, when the tour groups used to charge almost 7k to 10k INR for a person(4 hour kayak on fjord). She even took her time out to drive us around 10 to 15 km to catch the ferry to Urnes and wait back for us to pick us back to Sogndal.
In simple words, the way we treat the people who come to visit us is going to make us a country people would love to come back. I will surely vsist Norway again.
5) Recycle and Reuse: Environment Cautious
When you find Tesla's so common, it means they mean something about the place. Norway is a large energy producer, and one of the world's largest exporters of oil. But Norwegians don't use much of Petrol or Diesel Vehicles.
They use Hybrid/Electrical Cars which run on electricity, people have docking stations to charge car at home or go to the GAS stations to charge the Car. We can find lot of cycles for rent all around as well promoting people to use cycle to avoid pollution. So this leaves us with less pollution and what amazed me was Electric powered Ships. These ships are used currently for few of the sightseeing and they are looking forward to use only such ships in future to protect their water.
Another Interesting Fact is Single Riders in Car have to use slower lane traffic and be present in traffic always, whereas if you are carpooling or have more than two members in your car drive like a bird on the faster lanes. This makes sure People think more than once to get their Cars for transport alone and promotes to use Carpool or Public Transport.
Less Pollution, Fresh Air to Breathe. One of the best things was the air to breathe in Norway was so good, i never felt sick even though a single day completely i was roaming when it was 8 Degree and had no winter wear protecting me. This is not case with my India where i breathe so fresh air i can fall sick and people are not ready to accept change to not use Car or Battery Powered Car.