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Aug 9, 2016 - Lofthus, Ullensvang Hotel

Ahh, a much needed sleep-in lazy morning. We nixed a museum tour, had a very late breakfast, and explored our very historical and lovely Hotel Ullensvang - pretty much a museum in itself. Owned by the same "Utne" family for five generations, the hotel dates back to 1846. Each generation brought new changes; with the hotel being used as an old folk's home during WWII then as German soldier's quarters. Now a modern hotel resort with old world charm, a combination of Norwegian and Bavarian decor, it offers everything from rich tradition, spa...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Norway in a Nutshell

Today is our "Norway in a Nutshell" tour. We started out early at the Bergen train station where you need a credit card to use the toilet. Betty, our tour guide, suggested that one person pay and then each person holds the door open for the next one (there was only one toilet). So Wanda stepped up and paid $1.19 and the ladies on our tour lined up. But then a tour from Korea lined up behind us and they also used the toilet on Wanda's dime. There must have been at least 8 different tour groups waiting to get on the train Fortunately, we all...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Today was another very early morning as we were off to the airport to catch a short flight to Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a charming seaport town on Norway's southwestern coast surrounded by high mountains; and the capital of the majestic fjord region. Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age; as attested to by all the Viking and troll doodah in the shops! Bergen has a vibrant city center with museums, art galleries, craft shops, restaurants, pubs, cable car up to Mount Floyen, etc. The architecture is very...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Dinner with the Chef

Our final port. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. It was founded in 1070 on what once was a Viking settlement. On the Bryggen wharf are historic wooden row houses, now used as shops. We went with 2 other people, the ship's executive chef and a local tour guide/chef to the Torget Fish Market where we sampled cold smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, a tiny bite of minke whale, We also tried cooked shrimp (my favorite, very sweet) and king crab and stone crab. Chef made purchases for dinner, hot and cold smoked salmon, mountain trout,...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Our train arrived in Bergen around 5:00PM. From the train station we traveled by bus to our Hotel for an overnight stay. Once we were settled in at the hotel we went looking for a place to eat dinner and we were lucky to find a place off the beaten track where the food and service was excellent! On the next day (June 26th) we had access to the ship around noon, but not our staterooms were not ready. Carmen and I decided to walk around town for a while and then we took the popular funicular railroad which climbs 1,000 feet in seven minutes...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jun 25, 2016 - Train from Oslo to Bergen

On our third day in Oslo, after our Viking bus tour was completed, we headed to the train station for our 7-hour train ride from Oslo to Bergen. Information from the Internet is included below. “The Bergen Line" , also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371-kilometre (231 mi) long standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jun 6, 2016 - Bergen

Monday June 6 Bergen After an early breakfast in the hotel, we walked to the tourist information office and booked an excursion by bus to Edvard Grieg's home and museum. The tour included a guided tour of his home and the grounds, the museum and a lunchtime concert of Grieg's music. We had time before the excursion was scheduled to leave, so we walked over towards 'Lille Lungegårdsvannet' (yesterday's park) to the train station to make sure we know where to go early tomorrow morning. On the way back we passed the monument to Ole Bull...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Disembark in Bergen

Sunday June 5 We were awake when our early morning coffee room service arrived, and finished most of our packing before going for our last breakfast on board. The weather again was sunny and clear and we strolled along the deck taking our last photos of the ship. Last evening, we had decided not to pack our bags and leave them in the hallway by 10:00 p.m. to be retrieved on shore in the morning; we were happy to walk off the ship with our bags. As planned we met Klaus and Marilyn in the Atrium Lounge and disembarked together. Marilyn and...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Arrive Bergen

Saturday June 4 Bergen Day 1 Overnight, the ship experience a bit of the North Sea on the way from the Sondefiord to Bergen. The sea had some good sized swells; this was the only spell of rough sea that we had felt over the entire trip. Docked in Bergen, we ate breakfast on the outside deck of the World Café and were later joined by Klaus and Marilyn. Our morning tour was a walking tour of Bergen, one of the many organized excursions provided by Viking. Bryggen, the old wharf at Bergen, is an exceptional example of a medieval urban area,...

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Jun 1, 2016 - "Living" In Bergen, Norway

I am now "Living" in Bergen, Norway from May 15th to June 14th. I visited Bergen in 2004 for a few days and vowed to come back someday to "Live" for an extended period of time. To become a local and blend in. Here I am! It has been a !Fantastico! experience, just like I knew it would. I am staying with Susanne & Helene, wonderful airbnb hosts,outside of Bergen. Their home (my home) is on a cliff overlooking a lake and mountains. It's absolutely beautiful! "SOMEDAY SOON", I will return to live here again. I emphasize "Someday Soon" because...

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May 22, 2016 - A rainy Sunday in Bergen

Our weather luck has run out, for the morning anyway...... Bergen looks like a fairy tale land with all the beautiful houses lined up beside one another. Huge ships in the harbour as well as every other kind of boat you can think of. We took the hop on hop off bus but if it wasn't raining this is a wonderful walking city. I wondered why they sold so many raincoats in the stores?? Bergen gets 240 days of rain a year, lush and green. Tons of Teslas everywhere in Norway, also in Copenhagen and Amsterdam but more here. We came across a Sunday...

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May 13, 2016 - Aurland and the mountains around

Yesterday evening was also time to imagine the next steps using the information from the tourist office. So today mountains and ferries are part of the program going to Aurland north and then to a small village along the fjord. But the fist step was Flam with a fjord and a very nice view from a 600m road. Then the road went through mountains 1000m maximum but you look like being 3000 in the Alps or everywhere because the snow is so important. Then i.e now I am on the ferry to reach the village of Balestrand to find a place to camp, have...

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