Norway in a Nutshell and Bergen

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
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Trip End Jul 21, 2011


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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

The tour through Norway's mountains and Fjords have left me speechless, floored, humbled and so filled with joy. If I had to pick one place in Europe to see spectacular landscapes is Norway. The terrain changes from mountains with pine trees and gorgeous lakes, to glaciers, hundreds of waterfalls, and finally the stunning Fjords. I don’t even know how to put in words what I saw, I was crying like a little girls from an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, joy and amazement.

--Note: Bring extra batteries or another camera, you will use all of your battery.

The route is as follows: First you take a train from Oslo to Myrad (about four hours), during this part of the trip you will see beautiful landscapes of mountains full of pine trees and lakes, into about three hours, the landscape completely changes to glaciers, when you reach the highest altitude of the ride.

In Myrad you transfer to another train in direction to Flam (about forty five minute ride). –Note: This forty five minutes are absolutely out of this world; about ten minutes into the ride, the train stops in front of a massive waterfall and gives all passengers time to get out the train and take photographs. You are either going to cry or be speechless. Following this, is just one waterfall after another, as well as amazing mountains. I had never seen so many waterfalls at the same time.

When you arrive in Flam, you take a ferry throughout Norway’s most impressive Fjords (about five hours). Absolutely stunning; the landscape changes again from mountains, waterfalls, reefs and the cutest villages along the way. You don’t know what direction to turn your head towards, every view point is impressive and majestic.

You arrive in Norway’s second biggest city and a UNESCO’s heritage site: Bergen.

Bergen is a beautiful city with Medieval cobble stone streets, a gorgeous harbor and picturesque houses.

Do not miss a trip on the funicular to Mount Floyen for a gorgeous view of the city and harbour. Another "must see" attraction is the UNESCO’s heritage site of Bryggens, the old wharf of Bergen, important for being part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century.

Places to visit:

Haakon’s Hall
Rosenkrantz Tower
St. Mary’s Church
Bryggens Museum (UNESCO’s Heritage Site)
Funicular up to Mount Floyen
Fish Market on the harbour
Nykirken (18th century church)
The Theater
Johanneskirken (Johanes Church)
Museum of Cutlural History
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