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Today was one of the most exciting days I had long been planning for. A popular day trip from Bergen is the 'Norway Nutshell' train and fjord cruise. There are various options and I had chosen the longer Sognefjord Cruise which sails 5 hours thru the fjords all the way to Bergen.
Writing this blog on the way to Oslo on the train and I've got to stop every couple of minutes to take a photo. The scenery is absolutely mind-blowing. The sort of photos you see on screen savers. We are passing snow capped mountains being reflected in crystal blue lakes, quant little villages surrounded by lush fields and forests, and just then we passed several glaciers ...
... find something even better. Nothing was better so we went back. A little path off the main road took us behind some trees into an opening of flat ground and there we saw a camp fire spot! We were also by a rushing river. Except for the difficulty in pegging the tent down on the rocky ground, this was pretty much the perfect camp site. It had been raining for most of the ride but had cleared a little and so Sverre, with a lot of help from the metho, set up a camp fire. ...
... like a tourist lemming on the tour, or perhaps in the context of this blog, a better analogy is feeling like a tourist rat following the rest of the pack.
While the first time around resulted in some phenomenal pictures, unfortunately, this time the weather did not cooperate, leaving the first train leg from Bergen to Voss enshrouded in clouds and fog. The bus from Voss to Gudvangen was a bit better, resulting in some nice shots of the seemingly ...
... of snow. The river water had cut its way through many of these walls and
glaciers and made tunnels under much of the ice making for some good
Away up high on the edge of this wonderful mountain I am once again looking
down from the cliff tops towards the frozen lake way down below. From up here it
simply looked like quite a large lake but only after I realised a small white
lump at the edge of the lake was a rather large house and not ice as I first ...