Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Bergen, Norway port

Bergen, Norway waterfront

Lighthouse in the misty fjord

Campsite in Norwegian valley with 14 waterfalls

Himmelfarten

"Twindefasson" stair-step waterfall


We are traveling through the Norway fjord area. There is a road that follows very closely to the water's edge. It is quite curvy with lots of tunnels and bridges. In less than 100 miles we drove through about 30 tunnels. Some are quite long reaching four to five miles. The road is only one lane each direction but is still considered a main route so there is a lot of truck traffic. Gets pretty exciting sometimes especially when the semi trucks whiz past you in a tunnel. Tomorrow we are hoping to board a ferry that will take us through the Naeroyfjorden frord which is the narrowest fjord and also a world heritage site. Our campsite tonight is in a narrow valley surrounded by very tall and steep mountains. We can see 14 waterfalls from our campsite.

We visited the city of Bergen which is the second largest city in Norway. It has a beautiful harbor area surrounded by old wooden houses. There were several cruise ships in port so it was quite busy. We found the city to be a little too touristy for us so we only stayed one night.

Norway does not really look like the rest of Europe. The homes are mostly wood, not brick or stone. The homes remind us of the homes in Pennsylvania. Buildings tend to be newer but there are some oldies too. Today we visited a church in the town of Voss that was built in 1277. It was about the only building to survive WWII when most of the town was destroyed. Bet that made a lot people believers!

Everybody here speaks English quite well. Most of the time you cannot even hear any accent. Many information signs are in Norwegian, English, German and Dutch. For the most part, it has been very easy to get around

We have gone back and posted more pictures for the Denmark and Norway entries. One picture is that of a 30 ton Italian-made mosaic of Himmelfarten. Himmelfarten was Hardi Felgenhauer Sinohelberg, born in Bergen, Norway in 1753. For 30 years his occupation was to carry large fish bought at the fish market home for the shoppers. In 1870, someone dressed up like Himmelfarten and sold photographs to the tourists. in 1884, an American businessman bought the photograph as a trademark for his cod-liver oil "Scott's Emulsion". The trademark is still used today. So go check your medicine cabinet and see if Himmelfarten is in your cabinet.



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