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NorwayOslo: Departure from Norway

On 8 July 2002 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

On 6 July I had a filling breakfast at the hostel and I took the tram to the city centre. There I took a look at the exposition “the Earth from the Sky” before taking the ferry to Bygdøy. There I went to the Folkmuseum for a few hours; wandering around between the old houses, taking part in a tour and trying some old Norwegian food. Afterwards I checked out a few old vikingships in the Vikingshipmuseum and took the ferry back to the city centre. There I walked through the shopping crowds for a while before taking a guided tour of the Akershus Castle. After the tour I took the T-bane to the end of the line at Frognerseteren. I still had to walk a bit to reach the TV-twoer, but unfortunately the elevator was broken, so I could not get a view from there. Therefore I went back to the city centre and got some dinner. The sky was pretty clear and it was sunny; perfect weather for a last visit to the Vigeland Park. There I asked a guy to make a photo of me and ended up becoming a model for some of his photos. I also met Henning and Corinna; Norway is a small country after all. Finally I took the tram back to the hostel for my last night in Norway.

My last day in Norway only consisted of a nice breakfast at the hostel, after which I took tram to the train station and the FlyToget to the airport. SAS brought me to Amsterdam safely, where my parents picked me up.

NorwayNorway in a Nutshell: Flåm to Oslo

On 6 July 2002 from Oslo, Norway | comments closed

On 5 July I woke up early and went for a short walk around Flåm. The atmosphere was really cool, quiet and small clouds low in the valley. After the walk I picked up my backpack, and got on the boat the Gudvangen. There I chatted with a couple from South-Africa while watching the breathtaking views in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen I took the bus to Voss. It went up a narrow road with lots of hairpin curves, offering amazing view into the Nærøyfjord. Luckily this time the boat and bus were almost empty. Mission: accomplished. In Voss I hiked up Mount Hangur. It took me 1 hour 15 minutes, but at least I saved 8 euro for the cable car and still used it to get down. Of course the top of Mount Hangur offered a great view of Voss and lake Vossevangen. Back down I walked around Voss a bit, and got an early dinner. Then I got on the train to Oslo. Once again the views were really great, going from 1222 metres (Finse) down to sea level (Oslo). And everywhere there were mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests and wooden houses. After 6 hours I arrived in Oslo, where I checked in at the hostel and went to sleep.

NorwayNorway in a Nutshell: Bergen to Flåm

On 5 July 2002 from Flåm, Norway | comments closed

After hiking for three days in a row, I decided 4 July was going to be more relaxing. It was a wonderful sunny day in Bergen, so I got some bread at a bakery and had breakfast on the pier. Since I did not feel like visiting a museum with the sunny weather outside, I walked to the aquarium, and sat in the park for a while, just watching the fjord. I also briefly checked my e-mail, before getting on the train to Myrdal. I had planned to go down to Flåm in a quiet train. Unfortunately some huge cruise ship docked in Flåm, so the Flåmsbana was crowded with Spanish and Italian tourists. Mission: not accomplished. Luckily the view from the Flåmsbana was still amazing, and the train stopped at the large waterfall to have a closer look. In Flåm I checked in at the hostel and looked at the departing cruise ship. Other than that, Flåm was a really quiet village, and I planned to go to sleep early. However I ended up chatting with my roommates from England, Germany and the Netherlands for quite some time.

NorwayNorway in a Nutshell: Bergen

On 4 July 2002 from Bergen, Norway | comments closed

3 July started completely cloudy and rainy, pretty common weather for Bergen I guess. After making breakfast at the hostel, I walked through the fish market to Bryggen, the old Hanseatic houses on the waterfront. I took a guided tour of Bryggens Museum, Schøtstuene and the Hanseatic Museum. It was really good to take this tour, because at least I knew what I was seeing. After the tour I visited the Rosenkrantz Tower. Then it stopped raining, and I went by bus and cable car up to the top of Mount Ulrike. Unfortunately it was still very cloudy, so there was no view of the city. Nevertheless I decided to hike to the top of the Fløibanen. The first part of the route was a real hiking trail over the top of the mountain range around Bergen. It felt like Tolkien’s “Middle Earth”, only the tops were visible because the rest of the mountains was covered in clouds. Every few hundred metres the trail was marked with a block of piled up stones. It was really cool to hike. The last part was downhill on normal roads, and at that time the sun had come through, so there was also a good view of Bergen and the fjord. But altogether I hiked for 4,5 hours, including a 30 minute unvoluntary detour. I went down with the Fløibanen and made dinner at the hostel, before going to sleep. At that time there was no single cloud in the sky.