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... wherever seems appealing at the moment. With fjords, mountains, glaciers, old buildings, hiking trails, and roadways, we never fail to keep ourselves entertained.
Of course, there are none of the well-known rental companies here in Balestrand, so I arranged to rent from a local that started out with one car a few years ago and is now up to eight or so. I reserved the car several months ago, but received a message from the owner last week asking if we’d be willing ...
... imagine, these are really popular and the tour can be quite crowded. Our “Broken Nutshell” tour involves trains, ferries, and a rental car along with hotels in the less (international) touristy town of Balestrand.
We awoke fairly early to get our backpacks loaded and headed down to breakfast. We had a good meal and Dart prepared sandwiches with lunch meats and croissants for our train lunch. A quick 10 minute walk to the station brought us to the regional train ...
Oh my god, Norwegians have free wifi everywhere!! I've been seriously getting by just fine with my iPhone, even though I've been in the boonies and taking public transportations.
So today we said good bye to Solvorn, our home for the last 4 days. We are now headed to Bergen, a town on the west coast that is a UNESCO world heritage site. We had two choice: bus inland, which would be the fastest or bus to Leikanger (nearly 2 hours with wait and bus change) ...
... ones in pictures. Some Lord of the Rings stuff. It was breathtaking actually. I've seen mountains and I've seen big bodies of water, but something about the rugged mountains dropping off into calm, dark blue water was so epic! There weren't any boats or ferries either. The bus went on a big car ferry along with a bunch of other cars with bikes, kayaks, trailers, etc. I didn't even realize the ferry was moving until ...
... night. We threw our bags in the cabin and went exploring. There wasn't much else to see other than the fjord and the waterfalls all around, but believe me, that was plenty and my faith in waterfalls was easily restored. As we were hiking, I heard a thunder-like rumble above. When I looked way up, there was either snow or water plummeting down one of the steep wall faces. We had just witnessed a small avalanche or an ice dam breaking. Either way, it was pretty cool. ...