Norway 2014

It was late afternoon on June 16th, when we arrived in Bergen and checked into the Radisson Blu. We’d been in transit for 28 hours and were beat, but we wandered around Bryggen, the old Hanseatic Quarter (a UNESCO World Heritage site), dropped into Scruffy Murphy’s Pub for a pint of Hansa, and had a light dinner at Madam Felle’s.

The next day, we took the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Fløyen for an awesome view of Bergen. Then we visited Fantoft Stave Church and then Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg where we attended a concert. Later, back in Bryggen, we had dinner at To Kokker (2 cooks).

On the 18th, we traveled by bus to the mountain resort of Stalheim. En route we stopped at Steindalsfossen and Tvindefossen waterfalls. On the 19th, we took a short bus trip to Port of Gudvangen, boarded the Fjord Lady, and traveled through the Songefjord and Naerøy Fjords to Flåm. From there we took the Flåmsbana to Myrdal and caught a second train to Oslo. The scenery from the Flåmsbana was amazing, but, alas, I got few photos from the train.

We arrived in Oslo late in the afternoon and checked into the aptly named Grand Hotel. On the 20th, we spent the morning at Vigeland Park to see the incredible sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. Later we went to the top of Homenkillen Ski Jump, then to the Viking Ships Museum, and then we boarded the ginormous Pearl Seaways Ferry for an overnight trek to Copenhagen.

Norway is a very beautiful, well maintained, and civilized country. It’s covered with lakes and fjords and stunning waterfalls. Go there, if you can.    

© Virginia E. Vail 2012