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Jun 19, 2013 - Norwegian Fjords

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...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Day 12 and leaving Bergen for England

This was a bit of a nostalgic day. People exchanging email addresses; talking about highlights, and taking a few more photos. Cheated. This one came from internet, so that you could see some of the pontoons. Another of Norways engineering feats. You can see why I needed a better photo. Still they do give a bit of sense of the length of the bridge So many photos taken. Some hopeless. Other OK but had to restrict choices a bit! A wait at the airport, but caught up with others also travelling Easy Jet. Couldn't leave these...

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May 29, 2013 - To Bergen norway. 'The' voyage begins

Arrived in Bergen by plane from Copenhagen. As the boat was not departing till the evening so did the cable car to the top of the highest of bergen’s 7 mountains. Great views but got a bit hazy. Then did Hop on Hop off bus. Too tired to walk around; I think maybe a bit of jet lag was finally kicking in. I had been on the go most of the time on Copenhagen so it seemed time for a break! The temperature, I was told was 24,. The very helpful girl where I left my luggage for the day was bemoaning the fact she had to work . Whether they...

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Sep 9, 2012 - Bergen

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Bergen was Norway’s capital during the 12th and 13th centuries, sitting snuggly surrounded by seven hills amidst seven fjords. Today the buildings along the old harbour make up the Unesco World Heritage-listed Bryggen and the hundreds of old wooden houses rising up the sides of the hills make the city picture-postcard perfect. When the city-states of Germany allied themselves into trading blocks, one of the most powerful was the Hanseatic League with its centre at Lübeck. The League eventually grew to encompass 150...

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Aug 21, 2011 - Arrival in Norway

My bike and I emerged from the plane pretty much intact, and I rode to a decent campsite on the outskirts of Bergen. Having pitched the tent I got some food from a supermarket and ate outside. The weather remained fine for a few hours, though rain has set in since. I'm hoping to set off on the coastal route tomorrow. Although Norway is well known for being expensive it was still a shock to pay:- £9 for 0.4l of ordinary lager (though I've seen it since for under £7) £12 for a local craft beer £4 for a pastry I'm going to have to eat less and...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Aug 12, 2011 - Bergen/ferry ride

Until I experienced a series of ferry rides—from the Faroe Islands to Hirtshals, Denmark—my understanding of choppy waters remained naïve and comfortably unaware. Put another way: the ocean was shoving the ferry in every direction. In some sense it was like stepping onto a swinging pirate ship at Six Flags for half a day. Being that it was my first time on a ship with that much turbulence, I found it to be very entertaining, and thankfully never got seasick. In Hirtshals, Jason and I had a half-day to blog and buy food at the store before...

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August to April

Jul 29, 2011 - Bergen, Norway

Modern Norway has one of the highest standards of living in the world and that is reflected in the cities of Bergen and Oslo. Everyone and everything look prosperous. In fact our tour guide remarked that the people of Bergen are buying up houses at incredible sums that they will never be able to pay off, then selling them for even more so they can buy another, more expensive one. The Americans on the tour bus chuckled wryly at that story. Bergen is a big city-260,000. We decided to take a tour- Panoramic Bergen and Mount Floien which turned...

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Oct 7, 2010 - Bergen - October 3-7

October 3, 2010 We were leaving the cabin today and heading to Bergen whilst Martin had to drive all the way back to Oslo. As a result, we were all relieved that the snow had stopped falling and even begun to thaw a little from last night. We got up fairly early and packed up and helped Martin tidy up before he drove us back to Ål and to the train station. Despite the thaw the snow covering was still providing a lovely backdrop but as we descended to Ål the snow soon disappeared and the rain returned. Martin was giving his cousin and his...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Bergen

Leaving Oslo early in the morning, we traveled through green coutryside, farms and forests. Gradually we climbed into the mountains, and there were fewer trees, patches of snow, and icy lakes. We went through many tunnels and snow break shelters over the tracks--it must get really deep up here in the winter. Over the mountains we came to the little stop of Myrdal where the train goes down the mountainside to Flam on the fjord. One problem...the train was broken down! Some people were taking an alternate route with bus for a couple of hours,...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Oslo to Bergen

Big day today. First up is a train west to Myrdal. This is part of the Bergen Railway. It is Northern Europe's highest stretch of railway, roughly 100 km of which runs through wild mountain terrain. One of the railway’s greatest challenges is the harsh and changeable weather. The Bergen Railway line is exposed to deep low-pressure centres from the west, which can mean strong winds and heavy snow for part of the year. The line crosses both the Langfjellene mountains and the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and was voted one of the 20 best...

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Jul 12, 2009 - Bergen

We awoke to the promise of sunshine, but alas it was not to be! And, though the sun wasnt shining, it was warm. Being a Sunday all the trade shops were closed but the attractions were open and at the end of bryggen there were two almightly cruise ships that had unloaded their guests, so it was very busy by the docks. First stop today was St. Catherine Hospital St. Catherine Hospital destroyed in a fire in 1248. Excavation completed in 1989, St. Catherine Church was originally a royal chapel close to St. George's Hospital which in the Middle...

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Jul 11, 2009 - Train to Bergen

Today started fairly leisurely as we were packed and organised last night. A yummy breakfast and short walk to the tram, within 10 minutes we were at the train awaiting our next adventure. haivng a few minutes to kill, I jumped on the internet... wont go into detail about the sorts that hung around here, suffice to say Dad was watching everything like an eagle. By 8am we were on our train and ready to go. We paid a little xtra to stay in the comfort aone, and well worht it too. I had my own little lounge area, popped my feeet up, grabbed a...

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