7July - 20 August 2019
  • Day36


    August 11, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. According to tradition, the city was founded in 1070, while trading may have commenced as early as 1020s.
    In the middle ages Bergen evolved into one of the most important commerce cities in Northern Europe. One of the reasons for this was that Bergen was surrounded by mountains which gave the city access to fresh water from them. Bryggen features colourful wooden houses on the old wharf. What remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site.
    Bergen, being surrounded by mountains, lakes and fjords, is high on the must see tourist list, however Bergen is famous for its number of days that it rains-about 200 days a year. Yes we managed one of those 200 but we were still able to see and do heaps of things.
    It is the home to the composer Edward Greig, we visited his home which is situated in the city overlooking the water. The beautiful 2 story wooden home is full of charm and character.
    This city is full of art and culture.
    The panoramic views from one of the 7 surrounding mountains, which can be reached by cable car, is a must see.
    The port of Bergen is Norway's busiest in term of both freight and passengers with over 300 cruise ships calling each year.
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    Trip One

    Wonderful description !

    Josephine Ryan

    Did you get to play chopsticks? What lovely buildings. The colourful wooden ones are particularly so.

  • Day35

    Waterfall - Steinsdalsfossen.

    August 10, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    The creation of the waterfall was an example of a happy accident. Until the end of the 17th century the river flowed west of where the waterfall is today. But in 1699 a nearby farm suffered great damage from a flood. The old river course was closed off, probably by large amounts of snow or a avalanche, and the water was forced over the cliff. Thus it came possible to walk safe and dry behind the rushing waterfall. Later becoming a tourist attraction and being known as Steinsdalsfossen.Read more

    Josephine Ryan

    Beautiful... except for the troll I see lurking.

    Alisha Grant


  • Day35


    August 10, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Driving through this region is a drive through spectacular landscapes, mountains, fjords, waterfalls, lush valleys and glaciers. The area is a nature lovers delight with many marked hiking trails, and fishing spots. The area boasts a rich diversity of species and is a key habitat for Europe's biggest herd of reindeer. The area is Norway's most extensive national park.
    We took a ferry across the Hardanger fjord before travelling on toward Bergen.
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  • Day35


    August 10, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    This region is where, around 1902, Sam Eyde, one of the founders of Hydro Power succeeded in committing International investors to the development of the Notodden Hydro Power Station at Vermork. The plant was a forerunner in producing Heavy Water by concentrating water to increase its hydrogen content. During the Second World War, when Germany, who had plans to use this heavy water to produce an Atomic bomb, occupied Norway.
    Britian and Norway resistance forces combined in a plan to sabotage the plant, and prevent Germany's plans succeeding, and in doing so changed the path of WW2..
    The operation was risky and could not be effected by bombing or air strike because of the mountainous terrain and location of facilities deep underground. This meant using a small team of men who infiltrated and destroyed the facilities, in a daring but successful operation.
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    Josephine Ryan

    Interesting. Norway's involvement in WW2 is often overlooked.

  • Day34

    The Straand Hotel

    August 9, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    The Straand Hotel is located in the middle of the beautiful Telemark region in south-Eastern Norway. The hotel has a long history that dates back to 1864, and has been held in the same family for 5 generations. Truly a hidden gem with a layback vintage style, overlooking a lake, outside bar complete with a piano being played for guests enjoyment.Read more

    Josephine Ryan

    Have you picked up a few decorating ideas for you home?

  • Day34

    Oslo Municipal Park 1

    August 9, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Vigeland Sculpture Park is in Oslo with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland ( 1869-1943) in granite and cast iron including the popular Angry Boy, and was completed in 1950. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the Park, and it is one of Norway's top tourist attractions.
    Gustav Vigeland was a quiet lobbyist, and persuaded the city of Oslo to build him a combined home and studio. In return, he would donate his works to the city.
    The sculpture park is a evocative tribute to humankind in all its complexity.
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  • Day34


    August 9, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Oslo is the capital city of Norway, sitting on Norway's southern coast. It is famous for green spaces and museums. The streets are vibrant and trendy. We visited the town hall and a guide told us of the Nazi occupation in the city and the difficulties the local people faced.
    We saw the hall where the Nobel peace prize is awarded and visited the gardens surrounding the Royal palace. We were told of the fate of magnificent white building that was taken over by the Nazi and used as their headquarters, today it is the foreign affairs building. It was wonderful to see people playing table tennis in the people's space in front of this very structure, now free from its terrible past. Oslo plans to have the city center completely free of cars over the next year in so doing making free walking space for the people and development of green corridors within the city.
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  • Day33

    Sweden to Norway

    August 8, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We have now realised that Scandinavian people are certainly a genitically blessed race-so many beautiful people!!!
    The standard car seems to be a Volvo, Audi, BMW, or Mercedes, and the modernTesla cars.
    Norway is known as the Swiss cheese country due to the number of roadway tunnels. The roadway infrastructure is phenomenal with its tunnels and well constructed roads and interchange systems.
    The discovery of oil and gas in the North Sea in the 1950s to 1960s, made possible a huge contribution to infrastructure development, and impact on this once poor country, thus allowing funds to develop roads, tunnels and other significant infrastructure.
    The long trip from Gothenburg to Oslo took us through prime rural country with splendid crops of wheat, barley and canola, and paddocks of freshly mown pasture and others of recently baled hay and silage. As we approached Oslo the country changed to hilly to mountainous, combined with beautiful valleys, also some areas were heavily treed and forested.
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