Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Welcome to Norway. Land of Vikings. Land of nature. Land of Fjords. Just what the heck is a fjord anyway, you ask? Don't worry, we'll get to that in a bit. For now let's settle in and enjoy our tour.

Our journey began with a late flight into the western city of Bergen. Meeting up with a friend (Henri in my case) and bedding down at her family's house prepared us for the adventures that were to come.

The next morning began with a walk through downtown Bergen and featured a tour of its famed fish market and Hanseatic Bryggen (Bryggen is Norwegian for wharf). The lovely architecture here is featured on just about every postcard in the city.

A trip up Mount Floyen soon followed. A funicular lifted us quickly to the top where a spectacular view of the city and ice cream awaited. Photo opportunities abound.

Henri and I

Nice backdrop eh?

The evening ended with a tasty meal whose contents I can not identify but was described to me as "a typical Norwegian meal" and "I'm surprised you ate that".

The next morning was raining and foggy. We went for a walk in the woods. It turned out to be a good plan as the forest was beautiful and alive in the cool morning mist. The pictures weren't what i'd hoped for but i'd say this one looks pretty cool :)

After having a veritable mountain of shrimp the evening before, we began day 3 by heading out to see the fabled fjords. As i'm sure curiosity is killing you, i'll explain that a fjord is a deep, fairly narrow valley carved from the ocean inland by glaciers. These valleys are filled with water and can be 0ver 100 miles long and thousands of feet deep. Almost like an ultra-deep, salt water river stretching far inland. The fishing in these is excellent and the views are better. I was taken to several including one of the biggest and most famous ones, Hardangerfjord. Pictures below


The end of a fjord

That evening as my time ran short, I had a smorgasbord of homecooked Norwegian Salmon and other assorted fish in front of a beautiful sunset. A great ending to a great trip :)

And on a random note; dude, you need to mow your roof!

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