Norway June 2010

 

Our two weeks in Norway were split between two centres: Geiranger the first week and Balestrand for week two.

 

We spent the first night in Bergen, and the following day we drove to Geiranger.

 

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Bergen is very quaint…

 

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Bergen is also very steep!

 

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Looking down on to Geiranger from the famous viewpoint. Geiranger, and its fjord, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

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Looking down on part of Geirangerfjord: the fjord itself winds in an exaggerated ‘S’ from the village of Geiranger to the larger Sunnylvsfjord.

 

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A view of Geirangerfjord from a walk on the northern side of the fjord.

 

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A climbers hut in a spectacular location!

 

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The road into Geiranger from the south winds in innumerable switchbacks from the viewpoint.

 

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At any one time there can be up to four big ocean-liners anchored at Geiranger, with as many as 8000 people wanting to be taken by 50-seater coaches (of which there are a great many dozen) up the switchbacks to the viewpoint. We were very lucky to choose the four days before and the two days after Mid-Summers-Day. Although we had these ships for our first and last days in Gangereir, the 3-days prior to the 21st June were blissfully free of the ships and their accompanying hordes.

 

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Our sentiment exactly: it cannot be pleasurable for anyone, ship-tourists or otherwise, to be part of this ridicules chaos!

 

For a location worthy of UNESCO status, it is a great shame that the Norwegian authorities allow this particular piece of heaven to become a hell on earth by under-regulation!

 

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On one day we took the sightseeing boat along the fjord…

 

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The fjord has numerous waterfalls…

 

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Waterfalls                      and             Mysterious faces

 

After 6-days at Geiranger we headed off inland on our way to Balestrand.

 

 

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Away from the sea the weather was much more reliable…

 

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You see art in the most unlikely places…

 

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A short ferry crossing brings you to Balerstrand

 

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The view from our balcony…

 

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This is known as The English Church of St Olav. Built in 1897 in the “Dragon” style, is part of the Diocese of Gibraltar.

 

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There are some more ancient sites: Viking burial mounds…

 

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This is a statue of King Bele, the mythical ruler after whom Balestrand is named.

 

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And some more amazing walking…

 

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Sognefjord: the worlds second longest fjord, cuts inland for 120-miles…

 

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Lots and lots of views…

 

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On a rainy day we took the ferry to Fjaerland

 

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Fjaerlandsfjord

 

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After so much rain, it was predicted that the next day was to be sunny and warm…

 

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And it lived up to the forecast: the only tee-shirt and shorts day that we had in Norway!

 

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It was a lovely day, but it was not to last….

 

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The following day, our last day, it rained again….

 

Norway is a beautiful country, when the weather is on your side!

 

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