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Journey from Bergen to Flåm

Hands down, this has got to be the highlight and the most scenic part of my holiday in Norway and Denmark. While Oslo and Copenhagen were great in their own ways, it is dramatic scenery of mountains, waterfalls and fjords that stay in the mind and make a greater impact. Here are some photos I took on the bus ride from Gudvangen to Voss, and on the cruise through the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord to Flåm.

Norway has the highest concentration of fjords in the world. Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world, and is a 18 km long branch of the worlds second longest fjord Sognefjord (204 km). It is only 250 metres at the narrowest, and more than one kilometres at the widest. The depth varies between 10 and 500 metres. The surrounding mountains are up to more than 1400 metres high and it’s crazy to know that there once were numerous farms dotting these practically inaccessible areas!

This is actually my 2nd time cruising through a fjord. The 1st one was in Milford Sound in New Zealand a number of years ago and I have to admit, I kind of feel that the Nærøyfjord is more dramatic. The Partner firmly believes that the Milford Sound was much better. Well he would say that wouldn’t he? We shall see, when I get back to Singapore and revisit my photos. Then again, the Milford Sound has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1990 while Norway’s only got onto the list in 2005.

Okay enough talk and on to the photos, and you must at least scroll to photo 4!!

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I love this photo so much! The fog makes the houses look like little toys

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Can you spot the house at the top of that crazy cliff? Why would anyone want to stay there?That’s the Stigen farmstead, once accessible only by ladder, hence the name. It is said the ladders were pulled up when the tax collectors came, and that young children were kept on a leash to prevent them from falling to their deaths.

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Our cruise ship emerging from the mist to pick us up

View from Flamsbrygga

It’s not tourist season so we hit the jackpot and got the best room in our hotel. This is the view I wake up to in the morning.

Aurlandsfjord

Aker Brygge

Oslo has a sort of “museum-island” called Bygdøy Island. Well technically speaking, it’s a peninsula, but from the city part of Oslo looking out to Bygdoy, you would think that it was an island. Our Oslo Card allowed us to take the Mini-Cruise to Bygdoy, which I shall comment more in another post. On our return journey, we sailed past the most modern part of Oslo I have seen to date. Compared to the old buildings in the city centre, this was a refreshing change. Hip cafes, restaurants and more shopping centres galore. Kind of reminds me of Sydney. Interestingly, a lot of the Norwegian tourist information websites don’t seem to mention much about Aker Brygge. Maybe Norwegians prefer their history and fjords, and shopping just ain’t that fascinating.

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Lucky people who live here

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The temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius but people still insist on sitting al fresco. The cold is not a worry though because every restaurant provides radiators. See the orangey lights near the roofing? If only we had machines blowing cool air for us to enjoy if we so choose to dine al-fresco in Singapore. It is a waste of electricity I must admit, both ways.

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Normally the tram tracks are laid on the vehicular roads, so there’s no risk of walking in the tram’s path unknowingly. There is an area near Aker Brygge where the tram tracks are laid on non-vehicular roads. It makes me wonder if there have been cases of people strolling along and enjoying the views and suddenly having a tram honk at them.

Nobel Peace Museum

The Nobel Peace Centre and the City Hall are just next to Aker Brygge.

Norway here I come!

After having worked for such a long time in a maritime company that is heavily involved in the shipping, I find it supremely embarrassing that I have yet to visit Norway. Norway is a very important country when you are talking about ships and energy. So I’m taking things into my own hands. Yes, you guessed it, I’m going to Norway with the Partner! Goodbye everyone!

Fjords, Mountains, Northern Lights and S$20 McDonald meals, here I come!!!!!

Aurlandsfjord

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Northern Lights

Fjord

Autumn in Norway

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Opera House

Romsdal

Lofoten

Watch this space as I attempt to give a daily commentary on my travels in Norway. Oh just in case you were unsure, it’s a HOLIDAY! I’m not moving to Norway for good (but who knows!).

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