Showing posts with label Norway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Norway. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bergen to Stockholm, Norway to Sweden

The train ride from Bergen to Oslo is a really scenic route 1222 meters above sea level and goes through 182 tunnels. There was 15000 men working on this railroad track for 34 years from 1875 until its completion. It was a really impressive route. The nicest part for us being the highest one, since we like mountains.

And this is the only moose we saw in Sweden...

Bergen, Norway

Bergen is as we expected it. A lot of great views with a lot of tourists. That is why we preferred Alesund over Bergen. There a nice view point we walked to that is right by the city at 425m. There is also a funicular going up there.

View from Mt Floyen
The houses from Bryggen are wooden houses that look like they are falling apart. They are the oldest part of the city.
Small cobblestone alley

Monday, 20 May 2013

Bus to Bergen, Norway

The bus from Hellesylt to Bergen was around 7 hours long. It offered  great views over multiple fjords. We really enjoyed the scenery.


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Hellesylt - Asenakken hike, Norway

For our next day in Hellesylt, we choose a bigger hike to Asenakken. The hike was 3.5 km long with an elevation of 870 m. This was, for both of us, the hardest hike we did. It took us 4 hours to get up, after getting lost a couple times. We were gone for 8 hours that day, and came back really tired from climbing 2 mountains in a row. The view was also really rewarding, even better than the day before. We had a view over a lot of white peaks overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.

View of Hellesylt
First stop, with the mountain still in front of us.
Hellesylt view
The Fjord
The summit
870 m high
The Valley next door
Hellesylt waterfall
Seb waiting for the bus with a nice view 
Hellesylt - Geiranger Ferry

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Hellesylt - Skaret hike, Norway

For our first night in Hellesylt, we decided to do a "warming up" hike as we wanted to keep the big one for the next day. We picked a view point called Skaret. It is a 2 km long walk with a 700 m  climb. The views were worth all the efforts.

Seb half way there

We had a nice view from the top.

Bus to Hellesylt, Norway

We stayed in Alesund for 2 nights. On our last morning, they were having a special buffet where everybody was dressed up in suits and traditional costume. We woke up to the sound of a parade outside. This is how they start their Syttende Mai, Norway's national holiday. Before taking the train, we watched the parade.

Traditional outfits
The parade
View from the bus
Even the bus had to take the ferry to get across fjords on the way.
Gerainger Fjord
We arrived Hellesylt around 2PM, got off the buss and started walking toward the hostel. We were half way there when Seb realized he didn't have the wallet with the passports anymore.  He dropped everything and started running back to the bus. Good thing the bus arrived a few minutes early and had not departed yet as the passports were left on the seat.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Alesund, Norway

Alesund is a small town in the west of Norway right in the fjord. It is like a smaller Bergen but less touristic and with white top mountains. The railway route from Dombas to Andalsnes was very scenic, passing in between mountains with a lot of really tall waterfalls. The train ends in Andalsnes and then we had to take a bus for the rest of the road.  In Alesund, we climbed 418 steps to Aksla Park viewpoint. The views of the fjord, mountains and the small town are amazing.

Bus to Alesund 
On the bus
Alesund canal
Andrée-Anne in Alesund
Quiet street
Aksla Park viewpoint
Norway's mountains
Aksla Park view