Tunnelling through the Norge!

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Norway  , Sogn og Fjordane,
Monday, June 21, 2010

Bright and early we wandered into town to the local bakery to get some bread and treats where we then drove down the road to a beautiful headland looking over another fjord and a little island.

Some other German tourists were not fond of bigwig polluting their view so they asked us to vamoose. The Germans we have found to be rather cold to us. Jena has been doing her darndest to wave to all the passing motor-homes and the Germans are the only ones who ignore her. But, truthfully, today she did get one to wave back, proving that not all Germans are evil. Just most of them.

Another ferry later and a swarm of tunnels brought us to the Borgund Stave-church, a timber church which is the best preserved church in Norway dating back to 1130! It was fantastic to see. We were unprepared for just how small it was, but such amazing craftsmanship. Blackened shingles and dragons heads made up most of the roof, then ornate Norwegian carvings all around the stave pillars and doorways. Including ancient looking runes etched into the wood surfaces all over. A kind of transitional church from paganism to Christianity.

Afterwards we went up another tunnel that was a staggeringly long 24.5km! which took almost half an hour to ascend. There were large chambers to mark every quarter of the tunnel and they were fantastically lit as if you were driving under a glacier.

That tunnel heralded another dozen tunnels and more steep climbs. We were following a huge semi-trailer truck through these cramped tunnels. Some were single lane ones too! We were so impressed with how this truck guy got through, unbelievable! Then he bottlenecked with an oncoming motor home and he yelled at them. He was great, so inspiring, if he can get that huge beast through these narrow roads, then there's easily hope for bigwig.
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