Oslo to Bergen, via Flam

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
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Trip End Dec 20, 2006


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Saturday, July 22, 2006

I stayed in Oslo an extra day to see if my camera could be fixed. Unfortunately there was a problem with the electronics, meaning it would be cheaper to buy a new one. I ended up buying a much fancier camera than my old one. The only problem is that the instruction manual came in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. which left me none the wiser. I did however meet a Russian man who had the same camera as me. He also tried to explain the various bells and whistles to me, but again there was some communication difficulties, so I guess I will work it out eventually by trial and error.

From Oslo I took the train to Myrdal, set high in the mountains. Even though the temperature was in the high twenties there was still snow on the ground in some places. At Myrdal we changed to another train, which descends steeply to the town of Flam, set on the fjord. The scenery was spectacular, so steep, with lots of impressive waterfalls. From Flam, we took a ferry through the fjord to Garanger (or something like that). The walls were extraordinarily steep, and we passed by some very isolated farmhouses, perched high on the sides.

Now I am in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway. Absolutely delighted with the weather (it rains here an average of 274 days a year). Bergen is charming, with cobbled streets, and painted wooden buildings, on a background of mountains. I took the funicular up to mount Floyed, which gave a panoramic view over Bergen, then walked downhill back to the town through the forest with all the wildflowers in bloom, which was lovely. Bergen is also famous for its fish market, which was okay. Mostly, itęs just nice to walk around. It stays light here till about 11 pm, and there is lots of street performers and live music. I decided to take a ride on the ferris wheel right next to the harbour, which was okay until I moved and the cage I was in started to spin around, and I started to panic!

Tomorrow I will take the Hurtigruten boat up the coast, heading for the Lofoten islands and Tromso, in the arctic circle, which takes about 4 days. I will be sleeping on deck as cabins are a bit out of my budget, so I hope the weather stays fine.
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