The Flåm Railway is quite unique, and a fun trip, even though it doesn’t really take that long. Be warned though, that many trains are loaded with tourists from the cruise ships that dock in Flåm. There is no assigned seating here, so that does make things a little challenging. The train winds its way up from Flåm (at 2m above sea level), to Myrdal, at 863.6 metres. Work on the Flåm branch line began in 1923, and was […]
After five nights in Bergen, we headed off on the next leg of our Norway in a Nutshell tour, a short hop to Voss. Voss is a small town about an hour the east of Bergen (actually Voss is the municipality, the town is actually called Vossevangen). We stayed at the hotel next to the train station, Fleischer’s. Being a Sunday, there was very little open in Voss, which is not unusual in Norway, or […]
There is something inherently cool about Nordic fonts. This from a building in Voss, Norway.
One of the main attractions in Bergen is the funicular up to Mount Fløyen – Fløibanen (the Bergen card gets you a 50% discount on a trip). This is one of those attractions that you have to watch when cruise ships are in port, because it does tend to get busy, although the lines of people move fairly quickly. Opening in 1918, the funicular like many others is cable operated (work began in 1914, but was […]
Switzerland abounds with funiculars. In Ticino there are a number of them, including Monte San Salvatore (Lugano), Monte Bre (Lugano), and Madonna del Sasso (Locarno). In our most recent trip we took a trip in 2012 up the funicular Locarno-Madonna del Sasso. The Madonna del Sasso (Our Lady of the Rock) is in Orselina above Locarno, and the principal sanctuary in Ticino. The sanctuary was founded in 1480 after a vision of the Virgin Mary was experienced, But what is […]
There are *so* many things to do in Bergen. First and foremost is that many of these attractions are free with the Bergen Card (nearly 30 museums). Some are quite easy to get to because they are situated around the harbour. In Bergen near the harbour-side, is the area known as Bryggen, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not a museum per se, the world heritage site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings. […]
Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, and a wonderful place to explore. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains, and the city itself is built on a series of low-lying hills wrapped by a spectacular harbour. We spent five nights in Bergen, at an Airbnb in the older portion of town known as Verftet. These houses are built on the slope of the hill, and accessed via narrow cobblestoned alleyways. There are plenty of walking paths […]
The trip from Oslo to Bergen by train is suppose to be one of the worlds most scenic trips – and it is, to a point. Don’t get me wrong, I *love* travelling by train, and they do point out on the map the most scenic parts of the trip, mostly when going over the mountains. But maybe half of the roughly six hour journey is countryside – beautiful countryside, but countryside nonetheless. NSB run […]