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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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Jul 7, 2009 - Last Day at Sea

We had a long lie this morning and a leisurely breakfast. We sat in the room and read while watching the occasional ship and oil rig as they passed or we passed them. Iain went to a lecture on opera and Christine went to the cafe and had a cup of tea. We met for lunch then went to a lecture on the North Sea. The lectures have all been very good with lecturers who made their topics interesting, informative and entertaining. We returned to our room and got started on the inevitable but distasteful task of packing. We got the main things...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Bergen

We woke in Bergen and had breakfast in our room this morning. While eating breakfast, I managed to connect to the Internet and got some of the web site updated. Far from being a problem, the connection was faster than usual. Perhaps I was the only one using it and had the whole bandwidth to myself! After the confusion of the last two days with ship's tours, we decided that I would go ahead and get our bus directions while Christine finished off tidying the room. I did so, and was no sooner seated ready for another long wait when our number...

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May 14, 2009 - Norway

Our journey takes us back to the coast of Norway. This time we are about half way down the country at the Lofoten Islands, treasured by artists, photographers and painters for its picturesc portside towns with thier traditional, wooden fishing shacks and huge wooden and mesh A frames, covered in masses of dried, headless fish. We are excited to see the signs of warmer southern weather and the changing season, the snow snowly melting away and spring apparent at every turn. We cruise the length of the 6 or so main islands, all strung together...

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Oct 22, 2008 - Bergen

so i got to bergan last night after my norway fjord tour, and everything was closed, including all of the hostels and pensions. luckily one of the pensions was connected to a bar and the bartender was able to give me a bed. i went on a hike above the city today which was great, but norway is in general just too expensive so tomorrow i am going back oslo and then moving on to stockholm, sweden

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