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Aug 19, 2013 - A tour of fjord country

We debated about going for a tour of the city of Bergen or going for a tour of the countryside, especially the mountains and fjords and that is what we decided to do. We got a bit of a late start, by the time we decided where we'd like to go and May and Einar planned out our route and checked out the ferry schedules, it was noon! They were very good sports about being our drivers and tour guides for what turned out to be a 12 hour marathon of touring! I must have a good map in front of me in order to tell you where we were, so the specific...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Day 20, Sunday

Day 10 - Sunday Aug 18, 41 Tunnels! Stalheim has to be my favorite so far, the room, the view, the food, the surroundings, what was not to like? Morning brought a persistent rain, probably the most we've seen so far, but not to worry. The hotel manager walked us over to the outdoor museum. Everything in the museum was collected by the owner of the hotel, who grew up in the area. Couldn't believe the size of this collection! We did a group photo at the hotel because of the rain outside, then board the bus as we head for Voss. Yesterday we...

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G & G Trip Jourals

Aug 17, 2013 - Oslo to Bergen to Lindas

Very tiring train trip overnight to arrive in Bergen at 7:00am. We were greeted at the train station by my cousin (our grandmothers were sisters) who took us to her home in Linda's, about 45 min from Bergen. We have been made to feel very much at home by May Irene and her husband Einar. We had a wonderful breakfast and then a tour of their community, walking and then by car out to the huge Statoil refinery complex where Einar worked for many years. This is an amazing place, surrounded by water, either open ocean, fjords, lakes, rivers, etc.

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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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