My journey to Elsa's Arendelle with Adventures by Disney this past summer is being featured on this week's Travel with Val and on Frommers.com this week, so my Diary of a Set-Jetter--a personal account of my movie and tv travels--is going to start here, in Frozen territory, a.k.a., Norway.
The eight-day, seven-night journey to the places that inspired the designers of the blockbuster animated film of the decade was new on Disney's agenda when I signed on. Like many of my readers, I was enchanted by the story of Elsa and Anna and their quest for true sisterhood and empowerment. Like you, readers, I cried when I first heard "Let it Go." It seems like the anthem of anyone who ever felt like didn't quite fit in or were forced to be someone who they weren't just to get along.
When I imagined what a Frozen trip would look and feel like, I guess I first thought, well, cold. But our journey with Disney to Norway happened in mid-summer--which meant that in the land of the midnight sun, it would not only not be cold with none of Elsa's ice, but it would also be daylight most of the time.
So you could say that for me, this Frozen trip was more Anna than Elsa. It also meant that as Elsa's ice was melting in the fjords, we were treated to heart-stopping views of more waterfalls than I have ever seen in my life.
Our trip began in Bergen.
Bergen (seen above in the VisitNorway shot of the wharfside), inspired Disney designers in their creation of the backdrops of Anna and Elsa's Arendelle.
Although we arrived in Bergen in mid-afternoon, another benefit of the Midnight Sun was that we were able to explore this exquisite town for hours. We walked through cobbled streets and around the colorful wharf market until almost midnight when it was time for a welcome dinner with our Disney friends...
...is a globally-consulted expert on "set-jetting" or traveling to places movies or TV shows are set or filmed. She writes on "set-jetting" and other travel topics regularly for Frommers.com and other publications.