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Sogn og Fjordane Fylke

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  • Day48

    Wednesday continued

    Yesterday in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Well here we are, back in Bergen at the Scandic hotel we stayed at before we left. What an amazing 12 days we had, and we are now recovering from it all being over! This morning was a little weird...we had breakfast and then had to vacate the cabins by 10. Which was not a problem, all the bags were left out in the corridor and were taken away by magic and we had to claim them when we disembarked. All is so well organised, Norwegians are a bit like Swiss and Germans, everything is worked out and runs like clockwork. After 12 days, we arrived back at Bergen at exactly 2.30pm! And we disembarked deck by deck....very orderly.

    Our journey this morning was through more interesting and scenic views - we had not seen this before as it had been nighttime as we left Bergen at 9pm. So wonderful to go through these straits of thousands of rock islands - requires excellent navigation skills and knowledge, as many submerge at high tide. As we approached Bergen we saw a very low cloud, and it obviously was raining...oh well, we thought, i has been so perfect for 12 days, we can’t complain, but by the time we actually got there, it had cleared up and we felt so good that we wheeled our bags back to the hotel rather than indulge in a taxi - we are now familiar with Bergen and there was no time constraint... and the weather has continued cloudy bright for the afternoon!

    After checking in and showering Amr and I had a lovely walk through the little streets that we hadn’t explored before and the ended up meeting Carole and John at the fish restaurant where we had had a lovely dinner before we left. Again a lovely dinner - I had mussels and scallops. Yum.

    Now back at hotel for a fairly early night as we leave by train at 7.57am for the train to Oslo. So looking forward to this train trip, reputed to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. The sun rises at 8.20 so I think we have maximised the daylight. Get to Oslo about 3pm. And luckily breakfast at the hotel starts at 6.30, so we can eat and leave - the train station is only about 3 minutes walk from the hotel...perfect! Tomorrow a new adventure, we spend 2 nights in Oslo, then fly to Copenhagen and have 3 nights there before heading home.
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  • Day8

    On the road - leaving Brygge to Larvik

    September 7 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Wir lieben die schmalen Serpentinen Norwegens, die durch wunderschöne Landschaften führen. Wenn jetzt noch das Wetter mitspielen würde, wären wir mehr als zufrieden. Aufgewacht sind wir heute in Gudvangen am Nærøydalselvi, umgeben von Wasserfällen.

  • Day5

    Flam & Norway in a Nutshell

    September 7, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Having traversed 128 miles of the Sognefjord during the night, we docked in Flam on schedule.
    Although we had low cloud cover on arrival, the spectacular scenery which greeted us as we approached the dock and village ticked the boxes for doing this trip.
    For me, it was a double helping of chirpyness as I also found some free wi-fi to post updates from my tablet - although Mrs H had already brought our joint followers up to speed with her 'extra time' blog updates, so it wasn't a problem going 4 days into the trip without wi-fi ☺.
    Today was another full day off the boat, taking a train and bus tour called Norway in a Nutshell.
    We started aboard the Flam Scenic Railway for one of the most picturesque train rides in Norway - the tour description was right, it was breathtaking in places but difficult to capture on camera. The train did stop at Kjosfoss Waterfall so we did get some reasonable shots of that. Then we got off at Myrdal Station and changed trains to take us to Voss for lunch.
    After another local salmon fuelled lunch we got on a bus which took us back to Flam via a seven tier waterfall at Tvinde, the serpentine bends of Stalheimskleivane and a Viking village at Gudvangen in the Naeroyfjord.
    We were back on board for our 5:30pm departure and I'm writing this update on the balcony as we sail along the fjord heading back out to the Norwegian Sea on route to our final port of call at Bergen.
    I like sailing in the fjords - they're calm!,
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  • Day396

    Jostedalsbreen Glacier

    July 27, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Leaving the wonderful lake on which we'd paddled the canoe, we completed the 100km diversion we'd had to take because of a road closure. This included a short ride accross a fjord on the Anda-Lote ferry. We are getting to actively look forward to these crossings now we've been on enough of them to know there is no need to worry about getting tickets beforehand. They have all been well organised, with the ticket sellers coming to the van when it is queuing or making themselves easily available on board if there isn't time. We like to climb up to the open deck and see as many views as we can before dashing back down to the van, ready to drive off.

    We haven't seen any launderettes as yet in Norway so instead of trying to find a big campsite with a machine, we've chosen to handwash our clothes. One of the disadvantages of this is the strain it puts on our limited water supply. We were running low but near the end of the day's drive, spotted a filling and emptying point. It was 60NOK to use the services but free if we bought diesel from the adjacent petrol station, which we did.

    Will is in charge of route planning and had been very keen to visit a particular overnight spot that would add about 40km to our journey. He'd shown it to Vicky on the digital map and having a lake nearby, she didn't think it was unusual that he wanted to go. However, Will hadn't been showing Vicky the whole picture and it was only as we drew closer and she spotted snow stacked up on top of a mountain that he told her it was the northern end of the largest glacier on the European continent! Wow! No biggie then!

    Covering an area of 487 square kilometers the Jostedalsbreen glacier had a road leading to a restplace at its southern end. This had a viewpoint within a kilometre of Bøyabreen; one of the glacier's many 'tongues' or edges. It was difficult not to get our hopes up but when we saw it, we weren't disappointed. It was obviously a lot larger than the first glacier we'd seen and while still unreachable due to its position high up on a cliffside, the gradient was shallower and the glacier stretched down further towards us. White ribbons of water streamed down the bare rock and cut between the woodland on the surrounding slopes. The light permitted to enter the valley on this overcast day was limited, but reflected off the wet stone, making the scene look like a painting.

    It was near impossible to get a grip of the scale of this immense ice flow. Only when you looked at the miniscule trees near it did you begin to get some idea. The surface was covered in varying degrees of grit but the body was a bright blue. From where we stood, the top appeared rough. The slow creep down the mountain had rucked and twisted the compacted ice so it spilt, meltwater had eroded channels and the overall result was sharp peaks and toughs, like millions of stacked sugarlumps. The edges revealed the depth of the splits, the giant crevasses looking like gills on a giant dogfish.

    We were both overawed by the sight of this fascinating frozen formation. We'd be getting on with jobs or hobbies in the van then absentmindedly glance out of the window to be mesmerised by its presence so close to us. The Norwegian rain may have stopped us canoeing on the small lake or walking up the close by forest track but the country has brought us so many of these incredible natural sights that we didn't even think about bemoaning the weather!
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  • Day394

    Hornindalsvatnet restplace

    July 25, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today the landscape changed slightly. The fjord valleys became deeper, the sides of the mountains steeper. The road undulated, twisted, turned, climbed, dropped and frequently ploughed through tunnels where it had been easier to blast the rock away than to build round it.

    Spotting a waterfall gushing down a verdant green hillside, we pulled into a car park to take a photo. There was a walk signed towards it and after checking the distance on Maps.Me we decided to give the 2 mile hike a go. We had more distance to travel so didn't want to get too tired doing the 16 mile trek! It was lovely to get out and explore on foot! As we climbed, we passed smaller waterfalls and looking back, a view of the valley floor gradually revealed itself to us. Since leaving Sicily in March we'd been travelling north and forestalling the progress of Spring and Summer, but since reaching Nordkapp, the most northerly point on our travels, we've been heading quickly south and summer is gladly bursting forth with all its colour and warmth. Flourishing wildflowers lined our walk up the path and there were even ripe bilberries to eat. We went a little further than a mile to reach a hillside lake, its clear, still water reflecting the blue sky and mixed greens of the forested land surrounding it.

    We lunched back at the van then set off through another tunnel and arrived after a while at a ferry terminal. Normally taking a ferry accross a fjord is a good way of avoiding a long drive round it, but in the case of the the Stranda-Liabygda ferry, there was no option but to take it, or another of the ferries that crossed Storfjorden at various points. No Norwegian road linked the two shores!

    After ploughing through yet more tunnels we emerged at a layby with a signed viewpoint of Geirangerfjorden and Sunnylvsfjorden, the former being one of the best known fjords in Norway and the site that inspired much of the illustration for the Disney film 'Frozen'. The mountains forming its shores are so steep that only a few small farms have been built and most of these have now been abandoned. The light reflected off the trees clinging to the towering slopes and cast an deep green hue upon the water surface. It was a gorgeous view, but its scale difficult to take in.

    Further on we arrived at the town of Stryn where we found the road we needed was closed. We looked in vain for an alternative that wouldn't take us too far out of our way. After asking at a garage we were forced to accept that the best alternative route first took us back along our tracks, then on to the other end of Innvikfjorden where we could take a ferry (only about 100km out of our way!).

    Never mind, our time here is all about the journey and this particular one took us to the huge Hornindalsvatnet lake, where we found a lovely restplace to stay for 2 nights. It had a view up the lake, flanked by layers of mountains whose details became gradually less clear the further the mountain was from us.

    The sides were steep but we found a spot at the far end of the restplace where we could launch the canoe if we were careful. The following day we had a wonderful paddle that took us around the nearest end of the lake. (When we say nearest we reckon we travelled around 10miles, giving Vicky blisters!) The day was so warm we were comfortable in shorts and t-shirts, the water surface was smooth like a mirror and as we glided over it we were able to see clear reflections of the hillsides and the few small farmsteads we passed. What a beautiful place!
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  • Day397

    Fjord-side restplace on E39

    July 28, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    There had been so much rain overnight that the ground had become soggy and our wheels had sunk into the soft tarmac we were parked on, meaning it took some revs to get out!

    Leaving our view of mainland Europe's biggest glacier behind we plunged through some long tunnels and made our way back towards the coast, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the countryside. We stopped in a lovely restplace just after the Noreviktunnelen, above the largest fjord between the cities of Trondheim and Bergen. We had a few pines growing between us and the road and small deciduous trees between us and the fjord, where there was a floating fish farm. Someone had planted a cheerful selection of flowers in a stone tub nearby and it gave the place a sense of being cared for.Read more

  • Day91

    Zum nahen Campingplatz

    August 8 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Lara war schlecht am Morgen und daher fuhren wir nur 15 km zu einem schön gelegenen Campingplatz. Bettzeug und Handtücher müssen gewaschen werden. Der Ausblick ist toll und es gibt wieder einen Spielplatz.
    Ab 15 Uhr hat es fast durchgehend geregnet. Verbringen die Zeit heute im Bus.

  • Day89

    Erste Fähre und viel Fahren

    August 6 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Von Oppedal nach Lavik nahmen wir heute die erste Fähre in Norwegen. Da wird man direkt eingewiesen und fährt auf die Fähre drauf. Bezahlt wird dann an Board. 15€ für eine Strecke von ca. 20 min.
    Wir fuhren durch schöne Täler, enge Straßen und Fjorde. Grob Richtung Ålesund waren wir wieder 3h am fahren. In Norwegen ist auf der Landstraße höchstens 80 erlaubt und sehr oft nur 60 oder 70. Dazu fährt man über Berge oder um Fjorde, also gefühlt doppelte Strecke zur Luftlinie.
    Aus Mangel an Freistehmöglichkeiten ging es wieder auf einen Campingplatz. Hier haben wir mehr Platz als an dem Freistellplatz (B4-5), wo alle dicht an dicht stehen.
    Trotzdem sagt uns das "wilde campen" mehr zu als die Weißwarenplätze.
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  • Day90

    Jostedal Gletscher

    August 7 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Heute standen nur 66km mit 1,5h fahren auf dem Programm zu unserem ersten Gletscher. Die Straße dahin ist echt abenteuerlich, da hier die Menschen Busweise aus den Kreuzfahrtschiffen heran gekarrt werden. Die Schiffe an sich sind in den Fjorden schon deplaziert, aber die Busse setzen dem die Krone auf. Auf dem Video sieht man wie jemand fast sein Mietwagen beschädigt wegen den engen Straßen.
    Die Fahrt hierher in dieses Tal ist wunderschön und lohnt definitiv. Am Parkplatz werden wir heute übernachten.
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  • Day96

    Auf dem Weg zum Jotunheimen Nationalpark

    August 4 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Montag in aller früh vom schönsten Schlafplatz wegfahren (er war soo schön, dass wir kein Foto machen wollten), Arjen war derart „im Loch“ und durfte deswegen noch weiter „mützen“ 😉
    Frühstück gabs nach dem ersten Aussichtspunkt, sogar das Wetter spielte mit! Ca 3h später erreichten wir Bygdin, welches südöstlich des Jotunheimen Nationalparks liegt und da musste natürlich bereits der erste Berg bestiegen werden - Auf dass Arjen‘s Knie die nächsten Tage übersteht😅Read more

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