Tour of Norway - Oslo and Sogneford (Days 1 and 2)

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Hi everybody!
We flew in to Oslo on a Friday afternoon and met Chris' parents in preparation for a train trip through the forest to Myrdal from where we transferred to a small gauge railway to Flam and then a fast ferry down the longest fjord in Norway - the Sognefjord.

During our afternoon in Oslo we walked down to the harbor from where we could take a ferry across the Oslo fjord to the  Viking Ship Museum.  The 3 Viking ships are the best preserved in the world.  They were found in burial mounds and the museum contains many of the other items found in the mounds - such as sleds and ceremonial carts, textile goods and other items.

The next day we took an 8 a.m. train through beautiful countryside to the very small town of Myrdal.  From there we transferred to The Flåm Railway, one of the worlds steepest railway lines on normal gauge.  It twisted and turned 2800 feet down to the small town of Flam, on the Sognefjord, stopping along the way for a quick photo opp, including a singing woman, at the Kjosfossen waterfall.

The Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway and the 2nd longest in the world.  The fast boat from Flam to Bergen took over 4 hours!  And trust us, it was a fast boat!  At first we had the bright idea that we should grab a spot outside, but once that boat got going it was really cold and windy.   We quickly got inside seats and rotated between being outside enjoying the cold breeze and scenery and being inside enjoying the warmth.  Along the way we saw lots of beautiful scenery and many little towns that are serviced by the boat.  We also saw a glacier off in the distance. The low density of towns was impressive as was the tiny-ness of some of these "towns" (often just a group of houses).  It was nothing compared to the remoteness we were to see later in the trip though.

Coming next...Bergen

Melanie and Chris
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