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.

 

Bergen is very quaint…

 

  

Bergen is also very steep!

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

A climbers hut in a spectacular location!

 

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

 

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.

 

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!

 

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

 

The fjord has numerous waterfalls…

 

Waterfalls                      and             Mysterious faces

 

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

 

 

Away from the sea the weather was much more reliable…

 

You see art in the most unlikely places…

 

A short ferry crossing brings you to Balerstrand…

 

The view from our balcony…

 

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

 

There are some more ancient sites: Viking burial mounds…

 

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

 

And some more amazing walking…

 

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

 

Lots and lots of views…

 

On a rainy day we took the ferry to Fjaerland…

 

Fjaerlandsfjord…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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