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Apr 17, 2016 - Mostraumen cruise - Day 12

Well, what to do on a Sunday? Sunday in Norway is an interesting day and a great comparison to Australia, well, certainly at home in Melbourne where shops are open and things pretty much go on as normal. In Norway, most things are closed. Some shops will be open, some restaurants, but overall, everything, including the tourist bureau, is closed. Fend for yourselves people! We do talk to someone later in the week about this, and they said it was to give people time to be at home with the family, and family does seem to have a big focus here....

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Apr 16, 2016 - Norway in a nutshell - Day 11

Given that we're in Bergen for only a short time, we thought it best to do an organised trip so that we can cover off the major sights in the area, and the one trip that keeps being talked about, is the Norway in a Nutshell tour. This trip gives you two train trips, and a boat ride along a fjord - as long as you're not fussed as to which one you're looking at and let's face it, most people won't be. We would have commenced with the hop on hop off bus but that doesn't actually commence operation until May - go figure. The train leaves Bergen...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Organising Bergan - Day 10

A leisurely start to the day as we're just planning on visiting the tourist information centre and then just wander through the town and get a feel for the place. We don't want to seem like eager beavers and plan not to be waiting outside the information centre when they open, so we leisurely get up and have breakfast and get ready for the day. It's been raining overnight and it's a bit cloudy today. Hopefully it won't rain. The guy in the information centre is really helpful and we decide just to book the Norway in a Nutshell tour as the...

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Apr 14, 2016 - KEF - BGO - Day 9

Nothing much to report on this day. We have our final chat to Chus and Gary (Gauti) at reception at the Skuggi Hotel and thank them for their help in organising our tours and suggestions throughout our stay. We continue to convince Gary that its ok to visit Australia despite the venomous snakes and spiders. His girlfriend will be disappointed if they don't come as she is a huge Neighbours fan. Our pre-arranged bus arrives on time and we're taking to the bus station where we change over for our bus to the airport. We're flying with...

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Jan 15, 2016 - To Bergen - to join The Hurtigruten

What a memorable start to our trip, but not for all the right reasons despite some strokes of luck! Great flight into Bergen with our superb Captain Sally. So good to see a woman in charge!!! Lots of low cloud as we descended. I did comment they looked like snow clouds but that it probably meant it was raining. Bergen is known for its rain! BUT, it was snow ... and a very cold wind too! Interestingly we noticed that a runway was closed as we taxied extremely carefully. The next load of passengers were ready to board as soon as possible as...

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The Hurtigruten

Jul 30, 2015 - Flam to Bergen and Bergen City Tour

With several hours in the morning before boarding the Hydrofoil from Flam to Bergen on Wed, some of the Evans family decided to rent bicycles to ride out to the Flam Church and to experience some of the Norwegian country side. The trip out to the church was much shorter (only 15 mins) than reported by the locals and only after arriving found out the church was closed due to flooding of the river in 2014, something else the locals neglected to tell us. With more than 1.5 hours left of the bike rental, we decided to head up the mountain to...

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May 29, 2015 - Bergen

Friday, May 29 Thursday PM we noticed a problem with the laptop display. The computer seems to work ok otherwise. Guess we will carry on and cross our fingers it doesn’t get worse. Spent the AM finishing and uploading text to the journal. All we did with photos was transfer them from the camera to the computer. Went across the street to the supermarket for milk and baked goods for breakfast. Ate in the room while doing computer stuff. About 11 we checked out of the room and left our luggage in the TV room. Began walking toward the fish...

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Scandinavia 2015

May 28, 2015 - Trains, boats, and busses

Thursday, May 28 Long day today. First we took the train from Oslo on the east coast to Myrdal. It began with pretty, but not dramatic, scenery of forests, small towns, farmland, etc. Similar to elsewhere, with tweaks. When we left Oslo, it was 15 C. Cool and drizzly. As we went west, we climbed, and the temperature dropped. A screen in the train occasionally showed the temperature and elevation. After 2-3 hours, we saw snow on mountains, then beside the train. Spring turned to winter, at 3 degrees C. What trees there were had no leaves....

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Scandinavia 2015

Jul 13, 2014 - Sights of Bergen

Bergen is a vibrant and charming city, rich in progressive history from the earliest ages of our human species, because of the prolific, life supporting ecosystem of this northern, roughly veregated coastal area. It has been a "modern" living area through the course of history. This monument in the main square portrays its movement well. Early history of the Viking era- The Rennaisance era Early industrial commerce Modern Period Our visit was contained within and focused on the city center harbor area because of our limited window of...

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Travels 2014

Oct 22, 2013 - My Norwegian Love Affair

My Norwegian Love Affair I fell in love with the country and people of Norway and here are just a few of the reasons why: The way they suck in their breath to agree with something you say. When I first heard this sharp intake of breath, what we would call a gasp, I looked for the big spider, a cut on the finger, or a beggar with leprosy, something to justify this noise they were making, but I never saw anything. Then I thought maybe there were more cases of asthma here, due to the abundance of smoke from fireplaces. I finally asked about it...

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Oct 17, 2013 - Bergenista's

Bergenista’s Leaving Oslo to return back to the West Coast of Norway, the land of the fjords, was a relief to me, particularly after my last day there. While I don’t blame the city for my meltdown, there was something about Oslo that I found depressing. It was not a beautiful city, and although it had many museums and wonderful pedestrian shopping areas, that wasn’t enough for me to find joy there. The train ride between Oslo and Bergen is said to be one of most spectacular in Europe and I have to say, I didn’t want to nap or close my eyes...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Days 15 to 18 - Bergen

After arriving in Bergen on Saturday (31st August), it was good to wake up in a clean and friendly place, so different from the pit in Oslo. Although I shared a 4-bed dorm on the first night, I moved into my own room on the Sunday afternoon, which is where I then stayed for the whole time in Bergen. Following a hearty breakfast at the Hostel on the Sunday morning, It was time to do a little exploring and see the lie of the land. However, the weather was a bit damp (i.e. raining pissistantly) and it took around an hour to walk down into...

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