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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 ...
... on food can be made by shopping at supermarkets and making your own meals. Supermarkets like Rimi, Meny, Bunnpris, Rema 1000 and Kiwi can offer good prices and make everything much more economical. DO NOT eat out in Norway if you can avoid it! THE FLÅM RAILWAY One of those things you HAVE to do: the 20km "Flåmsbana", just under an hour train ride from Flåm (2m above sea level) to Myrdal (866m). It was an engineering feat in it's day because of the steep mountain gradients that had ...
Left the hostel in a hurry this morning to catch the train to Myrdal. I realized I was out of cash so I ran around searching for an ATM. ALL of them were out of service of course. Can't get on a tram or bus with a credit card. So I started walking hoping to catch a cab. Flagged about 6 cabs and none of them stopped. I couldn't figure out what the **** was going on. Ended up briskly walking to the central station and ran to the ...
... scrambling for spots on the boat. They had a pile of plastic deck chairs that people were unstacking and placing wherever they found room, but there weren't enough deck chairs for everyone, and many people didn't have a place to sit outside. (There was a seating area inside, but the weather was gorgeous, so nobody was in there at first.) We also had to wait for them to load up the cars, as this ferry doesn't just take people. It will even take a bus!