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NORWAY: PHOTOS AND TRIP REPORT
Here below some of the most
fascinating photos from Norway. Together with the photogallery, you will find a funny
and interesting trip report full of info and anecdotes describing the whole travel itinerary.
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NORWAY TRIP REPORT AND PHOTOS
Norway may, and
perhaps should, be the destination for a long, roving vacation.
This country offers wild sweeping views and thousands of miles
of winding roads that climb over mountains and along fjords.
However, a convenient long weekend is enough to take a tasty
bite to Norwegian beauty. In Oslo we picked up our rental
car and we headed immediately towards north-west, in search of
wild landscapes and other good-looking stuff. Our first
destination was Flaam, a small village by the Aurland Fjord. We drove through
attractive highlands on beautiful roads with little traffic.
We met semi-frozen lakes and dense forests. We soon realized
that traveling in the Norwegian nature was a real pleasure.
We arrived at Flaam, the first destination of our travel itinerary,
in the evening and there we spent the night in a simple bungalow
we had previously booked. The hotel rooms are expensive in
Norway (as much as everything else) so it is advisable to book
the cheapest beds with due notice. The simple hut where we
slept, with no bathroom, costed over 80 Euros per night.
(The restrooms of the
campground were about fifty yards away from our bungalow. By
night, after a shower, we had to run wet from the toilets to our
shed. Temperature was about 6 degrees, so we got eight or nine
colds per shower. Then we found a simple solution to our
problem: by using water at boiling-temperature, we got some
first-degree burns, but we were still hot when we reached our
bungalow!) In the end, sleeping
in the campsite was an acceptable solution, but eating proved to
be even more difficult. We realized that the nightlife of Flaam
was non-existent. At 9 pm the only place open was a deserted
bar, which was about to close anyway. We entered quickly and we
spent 10 Euros each for a sleazy tuna fish sandwich and a beer.
Open restaurants were only in our dreams. I can partially
justify Norwegians because it was not high season yet. The next day all the
suffering was paid off. Flaam was in fact in a fantastic
location at the bottom of a branch of the Aurlandsfjorden.
was strange to think that we were on the sea even if the open
sea was about 150 km far as the crow flies. (Don’t you
believe me? Well, it seems strange indeed. But trust me, or just
check on a map: the Aurlandsfjorden is part of the Sognefjord,
one of the longest in the world at over 200 kilometers.)
It was possible to
have a one day tour of that part of Norway by using public
transports. The trip began by boat from Flåm to Gudvangen, a
village located at the bottom of another branch of the Aurland
Fjord. Along the fjord we saw mountains, waterfalls and
picturesque villages. It was an amateur photographer’s paradise:
in order to take a good picture, it was sufficient to point the
camera in a random direction and shoot.
Once in Gudvangen we
bought the tickets for the bus that took us to Voss through 45
kilometers of scenic route. Compared to the tiny villages we had
seen until that moment, Voss was a real town, in a beautiful
location on the lake.
From Voss our tour
went on by train to Myrdal, across fascinating snowy highlands.
Myrdal was the smallest village you can imagine. It was
practically uninhabited, still covered by impressive amounts of
snow. It seemed to be in Siberia, or perhaps in Norway.
station in the mountains is used mostly for tourism as from
Myrdal an antique rack railway carries visitors directly to
Flaam. Before mounting on
the train we had a walk around town. There were walls of snow, a
small river and then some more snow. Then we entered an
enchanting wood of conifers.
The rack railway
journey to Flaam was the last part of that extraordinary day of
contemplation. The train stopped in some scenic spots, giving
tourists the time to photograph waterfalls and mountains.
Finally we were back at the campsite, where we got into the car
and we drove towards Aurland, a small town not far from Flaam,
looking for a place where to dine. Before feeding ourselves,
however, we found a beautiful vantage point on the fjord, where
we took some nice photos.
In Aurland we found a real restaurant,
where we had a steak which was definitely better than the tuna
sandwiches of the previous night. The next day we drove
to Bergen, Norway second largest city. The picturesque
houses facing the bay, with tree-covered hills behind them, make
Bergen a wonderful destination. Moreover, the fish market offers
fresh seafood at good prices.
We stayed at the “CITYBOX”, an
"automatic" hostel with no staff: when you enter, you pass the
credit card and the door becomes open. We spent 100 Euros for a
triple room. The interior design was very functional, so that we
could not lose the feeling of sleeping in a box. Bergen was a real
city, with a social life. In the evening we found not just a
restaurant, but also a bar with live music. The following morning
we left again the civilization and by driving through pleasant
countryside we headed towards Eidfjord. Along the road we
admired the Ulvik Fjord, so narrow that it looked like a
Then we found farms in scenic locations, five-hundred-feet-high
waterfalls (Voringfoss) and frozen lakes. Eidfjord is a
village on the shores of a fjord (obviously), with pretty,
colorful houses. While visiting the nearby Kjeasen farm,
which is strongly recommended as it is an amazing viewpoint, the
sun had made us believe that also in Norway something like warm
weather could exist. However, in the evening it was freezing
again and our walk in Eidfjord was pretty fast. Still, we
couldn’t complain: during those four days of vacation we had
been lucky with the weather: long sunny spells, some fast clouds
and a one-hour drizzle.
We had dinner in a
restaurant run by a Dutchman who, for some reason, had moved to
Eidfjord. He prepared us some pancakes. In the meantime, through
the windows of the tavern we were watching some huge flocks of
birds flying around and playing and swapping places on the
trees. It was an entertaining show, incomprehensible for us, but
still much more interesting than what's usually on TV.
The pancakes were
surprisingly good, as well as very fat. The next day we left
Eidfjord and we were destined to leave Norway as well. At the end of our travel itinerary we had a
6-hour drive to Olso: also this time it wasn't boring at
all, as we crossed highlands covered with snow and we passed
along lakes and forests. We also had the opportunity to admire
the Stavkirke, a wooden church whose shape is really
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