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Is it all it's cracked up to be?…yes. Fjords, all the way!
Train from Oslo-Myrdal then all aboard the Flam railway that transports you down the hillside to the fjords.
A ferry across to Balestrand for a fabulous 2 night stay at the Kviknes-an old style hotel where you wonder if a set of twins may appear at the end of the hall …
... and some savings, too).
We first headed to see an enamel artist’s workshop in a nearby village. The two proprietors were a couple (married 53 years) who moved to this area 41 years ago to establish their gallery/business of firing enamel artwork onto copper. In addition to small jewelry like earrings and brooches, they also make small dishes and larger wall hangings. Rolf explained how they
take the enamel and grind their own powder for painting onto the ...
... a lot of water.
We arrived at Myrdal, which really only exists as the transfer point between the Oslo-Bergen train and the Flamsbana, a wild railroad engineering feat designed to move people (and presumably goods) between 867 meters elevation at Myrdal and 1 meter elevation at Flam – all in 20 kilometers of rail! The route is over the most difficult terrain imaginable and includes a tunnel with a near-180 degree switchback. Maximum gradient is 5.5% and normally this ...
... an express boat (4 hours) yto Bergen. The latter is much more scenic since we ride along Sognefjord (the main fjord, I feel like I already wrote this, but yeah). The prices are about the same with student discount (50% off ferry ride, 25% off bus rides-- woohoo!). I've saved so much money with my international student card!
So now I'm on the express ferry. It IS fast and super comfy! It stops at several villages along the fjord on the way to Bergen. So ...
... mentioned, Gudvangen is small, such that there is really nowhere to eat except the overpriced restaurant at the tourist center near the port. Due to a lack of options, we were relegated to shopping for groceries for dinner at the gas station/market. The end result being a chicken-tomato soup we threw together...certainly not the greatest. Another long hike after dinner and then it was lights out (even though it didn't get completely dark until some time after 10 ...