Scandinavian Adventure – Part 2 (b) Norway

Firstly apologies to my myriad of readers for the delay of my blog – life sometimes gets in the way of adventure….

Norway is such an incredibly beautiful country but what stands out a lot are the incredible waterfalls we saw everywhere…

Incredible double waterfall

Incredible double waterfall

Near Odda

Near Odda

We had a lunch stop in the absolutely picturesque town of Odda – words cannot describe how beautiful this town was and the photo’s do not do it justice. I just got a pastry and sat admiring this view until it was time to leave. I could definitely live here.

The small town of Odda - with it's very own fjord

The small town of Odda – with it’s very own fjord

Odda

Odda

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We then stopped at yet another waterfall, each one more and more beautiful…

Norheimsund

Norheimsund

Norheimsund closeup

Norheimsund close up

You can walk right under the waterfall on a specially created footpath and not get wet!

You can walk right under the waterfall on a specially created footpath and not get wet!

We then arrived in beautiful Bergen – what an amazing city.

Bergen Wharf

Bergen Wharf

There are dozens of places to eat and drink on the wharf.

We also went up Mount Floyen via funicular where you can see the entire city – the view is incredible.

The view from atop Mount Floyen, Bergen

The view from atop Mount Floyen, Bergen

The entire Bergen

The entire Bergen

I could actually see my hotel from here and must say that the Scandic Bergen City is the best to stay in Bergen as it is within walking distance of everything, even late at night when coming from a wine bar!

Yes, it was a touch chilly up on the mountain!

Yes, it was a touch chilly up on the mountain!

The Funicular up Mount Floyen

The Funicular up Mount Floyen

Another incredible waterfall

Another incredible waterfall

Then we took a ferry in the spectacular Sognefjord – sadly it was rainy and overcast weather but the clouds lifted just long enough for me to capture this incredible photo. It shows how incredibly huge it is with these mountains towering over the water. Makes one feel so tiny and insignificant.

 

Sognefjord - Norway

Sognefjord – Norway

Then it was lunch in the village of Flam.

Low hanging cloud in Flam

Low hanging cloud in Flam

We then drove through the longest road tunnel in the world, Approximately 25km long.

Laerdal Tunnel

Laerdal Tunnel

It used to take over 2 hours of careful driving to get over the mountain but now, thanks to the Laerdal Tunnel, it takes approximately 20 minutes. An engineering marvel.

We then made a pit stop at Lillehammer – home to the 1994 Winter Olympics. We went to the ski jumping park which is still in use today and we were lucky enough to see the athletes practicing on the astro turf ski jump which was incredible! A once in a lifetime experience for me (Thanks Trafalgar!) as we don’t have Winter Olympics in South Africa.

Lillehammer ski jump

Lillehammer ski jump

Goodbye, beautiful Norway

Goodbye, beautiful Norway

I wish I could post all my photo’s of this incredible country but it would take too much time (I took hundreds) and it’s so difficult to choose.

Sadly it was time to leave Norway and conclude my Scandinavian Adventure in Sweden!

Until next time, hope you enjoyed this post.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself” – Wallace Stevens

Cheers,
Wayne

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4 Responses to Scandinavian Adventure – Part 2 (b) Norway

  1. MXeTWU1PNOtxSza0rFaePn7Z+1iKpL394bb9PxfvMuI= says:

    Hi Wayne how are you doing? love your blog! i enjoyed reading it today, it took me back day by day to our first day in Sweden. I wish i was there!!! cant wait to read the rest of the trip. Cheers my friend!

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    • waynegads says:

      Hey Adela, so nice to hear from you! Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m doing well, thanks and hope that you are too. Keep well and thanks again for visiting. Wayne

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  2. We cant even decide which part is more beautiful as all your photos look amazing, too beautiful to describe in words or show in photos but I am sure those memories will stay vivid in your mind forever! Thanks for sharing

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  3. waynegads says:

    Thanks for visiting Doriane. You’re so right, the photo’s cannot possibly do this beautiful area any justice. It is larger than life and definitely larger than a photo! Yes, the memories of this incredible trip will stay with me forever! That is, in part, why I write this blog, to share yes, but also never to forget! Glad you enjoyed it.

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