What rain?

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jul 07, 2006

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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Oslo - Bergen train journey is very popular amongst tourists because it's breathtaking...simple as that. One of the most scenic in the world by all accounts. Once again the sun was shining and I was in an upgraded carriage as there were no more economy seats left, so I had the option of sitting in a lounge chair facing a huge glass window that offered unrestricted views, plus as much coffee as I could drink!

The six hour journey passed through forests and mountains, and there was a photo opportunity in snow covered Finse, 1222 metres above sea level. It was an early reminder of why I chose to come to Norway, and I immediately adored Bergen as I walked down the cobbled streets leading from the train station. It was a very quaint city, with a gorgeous backdrop of trees and mountains, and I got an unbeatable view of it when I rode the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mt Floyen late in the afternoon.

I was tempted to do some kind of tour but regrettedly, I chose to hold back as I had a lot of outgoings ahead of me, and hidden expenses were already coming to the fore. Besides, I'd booked my transport to my next destination and that included two ferries along separate fjords, so I figured that that was a trip in itself. I do wish I'd taken the train from Myrdal to Flam as I've since seen someone else's photographs and it looks amazing, but the nature of this trip is that I can't do everything, and I'm sure I'll be back in the future...

I explored Bergen quite thoroughly by foot and decided that I could quite happily live there...if it wasn't for the expense and the apparent rain (275 days per year). It had a nice atmosphere, again the sun probably helped, and I particularly enjoyed walking around the old streets of Bryggen near the harbour. The unique, wooden houses were added to Unesco's World heritage List in 1979, and it made a change from the high rise buildings that are usually associated with cities.
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