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Norway Trip (xiv) : Food

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Norway’s food is good. The food, like much of what can be found in Nordic countries, is wholesome, and of course the seafood is fresh. Norway’s national diet harks back to its days as a poor country, with a focus on preserving fish and meats in salt, lots of potatoes and simple sauces. There is of course, *lots* of seafood – from tiny shrimp salad to pre-fried fish cakes. When we went to Bergen, we stayed at […]

Norway Trip (xiii) : The Flåm Railway and Vatnahalsen

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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 […]

Norway Trip (xii) : Voss to Flåm (the fjord trip)

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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 […]

Norway Trip (ix) : Bergen, gateway to the fjords

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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 […]

Norway Trip (viii) : Oslo to Bergen

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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 […]

Norway Trip (vii) : Norway in a Nutshell

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In order to see more of Norway, we organized a self-guided tour with Fjord Tours – the Norway in a Nutshell. They book everything for you and organize so that you can pick up train tickets from the railway station. Hotels are booked (but you pay for them when you stay). The tour is Oslo → Bergen → Oslo, which can be organized in numerous ways to suit whatever time period, and interests you have. We chose […]

Norway Trip (vi) : Dining out in Oslo

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Read any blog, or watch any YouTube video about vacationing in Norway, and everyone will tell you it’s expensive. It is… well, mostly the food. Hotels are not unreasonable, and in light of the fact that it usually includes breakfast are a real deal. And we aren’t talking boring North American style hotel buffets. Eat well at breakfast and it allows you to have a smaller lunch, and then dinner, which will likely cost the […]

Norway Trip (iv) : Oslo – beyond the downtown core

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It is fun just to walk around the city, and it abounds with historic buildings, and fantastic architecture. Some don’t consider Oslo as cool as some of its neighbours, like Copenhagen. If you leave the core downtown, a short walk away (north-east)  is Grünerløkka, a historically working-class district. This area has more of a hipster vibe now, littered with eclectic vintage stores, galleries, and cafes. It also does not have the deluge of tourists found towards the […]

Norway Trip (iii) : Oslo – a walkable city

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Oslo is a small city of roughly 670,000 people, and there is a lot to do. The nice thing is that it is an extremely walkable city, made even better in the summer due to the length of the days – the sun was out until about 9.20pm, followed by twilight! The central point of the city is the railway station, from which the central boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, divides the city as it heads to […]