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Småhamrane

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  • Day17

    Flåm: On the Way to Brekkefossen

    July 21, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 55 °F

    The most popular activity for people visiting Flåm is riding the Flåmsbana (Flåm Railway). We have yet to do that.

    When we called on Flåm in 2017, we hiked over to the Otternes Farm Open Air Museum. Our plan today was to do a bit of hiking again .... but this time to Brekkefossen (Break Waterfall). To get to the trailhead we had to walk a mile or so through rural areas, passing farms along the way.Read more

  • Day489

    Day 490: To Flam, via the Snow Road

    June 19, 2018 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Lots of driving through fjord country today, but no world heritage sites. Norway is a very slow country for driving - there are literally no freeways. Everywhere has an 80 limit, only a few divided 4-lane roads have a 90 limit and that's it. Quite a few speed cameras too, though when your roads are winding directly around the bases of cliffs it's hard to go that fast!

    First off today we took a 2-hour detour to see a glacier - it was still quite a ways away, and it was raining heavily while we were there, but still cool to see! Not sure I've seen a glacier that close before.

    Next up was the drive to Flam, town at the end of Naeroyfjord which is the other world heritage fjord. We had the option of a 24 kilometre tunnel under the mountains, or a 2 hour route over the mountains via a road known as the Snow Road. We opted for the latter, and it lived up to its name! Quite a bit of snow piled on the road, though it was still a few degrees above zero so no ice.

    Arrived in Flam around 6pm to find the first place fully booked and the second comically expensive, so we got a cabin for two nights at a town 15 minutes up the road instead. Stayed in town for dinner where we went to a viking brewery. Our first proper experience of eating out in Norway; two tasty venison burgers and a tasting paddle of 5 small beers was 66 euros! That's about $90 AUD. Insane.
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  • Day9

    Why is it snowing in June?

    June 1, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Woke up this morning in Oslo, ate some breakfast before we went to go catch our train.

    Considering everything is in Norwegian, it was pretty easy to navigate around the city and to our train.

    The train was absolutely GORGEOUS. tons of leg room and a whole 4 seater to ourselves. So off we went to Mydral (our transfer to the Flam Rail). The first 10 minutes kaylee was already asleep. 20 Minutes into the train ride the scenery was beautiful. It looked kinda like canada with the big mountains and pine trees... and then this is what gets interesting... then all of a sudden it turned into full blown Canadian winter. The snow was at least 7 feet deep, the rivers were covered in ice sheets and we dropped about 12 degrees. Although it was beautiful (& I can say I've seen Norway in winter), I panicked a little bit. All we have are leggings, running shoes, a sweater and a wind breaker in terms of "warm" clothes. When we stepped out at Mydral, it was 6 degrees and windy. Not Canadian cold but still cold enough to not stand out side to wait for the train.

    The flam rail pulled up and i got so excited. I've been waiting for this for my whole trip. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. There are just no words or pictures that can make any of it seem as it is. It's one of those things that you need to see for yourself.

    Arriving in Flam, we checked into our hostel. It is in an old farm house with crooked floors and squeaky floors. Its cute and clean and that's all that really matters (cant be worse than the one in Mykonos or Barcelona last year). We quickly dropped off our stuff and went for a hike.

    This hike was to a huge waterfall overlooking the small city of flam. So as we got closer, we were like meh not so bad, it says it's supposed to take about 1.5-2 hours to do the hike. Then we started hiking...... STEEP UP HILL the WHOLE way. My thighs were on complete fire. My favourite part about this hike was not the end view but all the sheep we met along the way. They were so friendly (but kinda scary). They walked right up to me and were sniffing my legs.

    We managed to get to the top (probably one of the hardest hikes I've ever done). & the view wasn't even that great. 😂 We stopped by the waterfall to eat an apple before heading down. I went a little closer to sit on a little hill and as I was climbing up, I smashed my head on the tree branch & broke my sunglasses. The people behind me had a good laugh.

    When we were walking down, we saw this look out that people were standing on and taking pictures. We walked out on to it and damn that was a nice view (about half way up the mountain -.-) We took some pictures and we were on our way.

    We went to the train station where they have 4 restaurants and one store (this town is super tiny ahah) We are some fish and chips from a cafe that came with a salad and it cost us 25$ Canadian. At least it was freakin delicious. We sat out right on the fjord to eat dinner.

    I'm so in love with this place. I can see myself coming back to Norway one day .... maybe as a nurse 😉
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