The Norwegian West Coast.

Trip Start Mar 05, 2008
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Trip End Jan 11, 2009


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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Our train got into Oslo about 9pm. We organised our tickets to Bergen, found our hotel (all the hostels were booked out!), then settled in for the night. Had a great buffet breaky (even snaffled a little extra for the 7.5 hour trip to Bergen on the West Coast).

Arrived in Bergen about 6pm. Once again there was no hostels available for the night, so we booked the 1st night in a hotel, then the 2nd in a hostel. We received breakfast again @ the hotel, only this time it was hanging on our bedroom door (2 rounds of sandwiches, an OJ and an apple ... each!)

We purchased Bergen Cards for 24 hours. They were 190 NOK ($40 each), but once again, we made sure we got our money's worth ... 400 NOK to be exact!!!

Bergen is an old port town that has burnt down several times. Also a massive explosion in a German munitions ship caused a massive tsunami, threw loads of debris everywhere and actually caused many of the house and building foundations to shift ... thus the crooked buildings of Bryggen!

Things we did & / or saw ...

* Rode up the fenicular to the top of Mt Fl°yen (it was still 'daytime' at 10.30pm!!!)
* Bryggen's Museum (old excavations, mythical creatures & an exhibition on witches!)
* Hakon's Hall (a royal building from the 13th Century)
* Rosencrantz Tower (an old royal residence and fortified tower)
* Old Bergen Museum (like Pioneer Village again, but this time got a guided tour!)
* Bergen Maritime Museum (models of ships and old vikving ships too)

The next day we headed out on our Hardanger Fjord Tour. We caught a tour bus to a place called Norheimsund (a pretty view along the way ... although I slept for most of it!), got onto a ferry and worked our way along the fjord - giant cliff faces and waterfalls. We stopped at a place called Eidfjord - a gorgeous little town on the edge of the fjord. It's a great place for hiking and we had considered getting off and spending the night here (and continuing the tour the next day), but we couldn't find any reasonably priced accomodation. Besides that, the weather wasn't really that great, so it could have ended up an expensive day inside! We went for a hike up to a local viewing point, had some lunch and then reboarded the ferry for Ulvik.

From Ulvik, we caught another tour bus to a town called Voss. They were in the middle of their annual Extreme Sports Week, although we didn't really see much going on. Our hostel overlooked the giant lake, which was actually nice when the weather fined up, so we got to watch a guy parasailing behind a boat for most of that night (The sun still doesn't set until about midnight!)

When we got up the weather was absolutely beautiful (would have been awesome in Eidsfjord!), but we had already decided to go back to Oslo. Caught the train back and .... it broke down!!! Stuck on the tracks for an extra 90 minutes, but we eventually got there!
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