Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Bergen to Flåm

This post covers our journey from Bergen to Flåm and our trip on the Flåmsbana Railway.

From Bergen we headed north-west along the E16 - apparently one of the main roads in Norway. Driving in Norway can be frustrating at times. Most roads are only single carriageway, and are often narrow in parts or have potholes. One stretch of road we drove on was visibly sinking along where everyone's tyres had been! The speed limit is mostly 80 km/h (about 50 mph) although in many stretches it goes down to 60 or 70 km/h. We lost count of the number of tunnels we drove through on the way to Flåm. Some were only a few hundred metres long, some were several kilometres long. The roads are quite windy and hilly and it is mandatory to drive all the time with your lights on.

Above: Sarah in Flåm
Below: 3 Gnomes

The good part about driving in Norway is the magnificent view along the fjords with dozens of waterfalls cascading down the slopes this time of year as the snow melts. It was a 3 hour drive to the town of Flåm which is situated right one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. Almost as soon as we got off the motorway we found a campsite on a hill which overlooked the famous Flåmsbana Railway. We set up for the night in between a couple of Norwegian motorhomes and watched one of our many "crap movies" (as Sarah likes to call them) that I downloaded from the Sky website before we left.

Next morning we took the Flåmsbana Railway up into the mountains 800 odd metres above sea level. The railway snakes its way up the mountain to Myrdal passing valleys, waterfalls and the odd house. It was pretty chilly at the top of the mountain and it started sleeting as the train set off back towards Flåm. Opposite us were a group of Japanese who shrieked with delight everytime we passed anything remotely interesting. I get the feeling if you'd shown them a steaming pile of reindeer manure they would've been ecstatic!

Above: Flåmsbana Railway
Below: One of many waterfalls

1 comment:

Dave said...

Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastard!!!! "All comments must be approved by the blog author"!!! Shit mate. Whatever happened to freedom of speech. Will you delete 'shit mate'? What about ship mate. Aaaaaaarrrrrrr! I've studied the photos carefully and can't see the jolly roger that you should be flying with pride as you invade Europe. Nice picture of the three gnomes mate. That one in the middle was a real hatful of arses. ha ha ha. you taught me that great Aussie phrase. Will you delete 'hatful of arses' mate? What about 'hatful of vases'... see how i help you edit. i'm kind i am. it looks like your having a great time. i knew you would. i have to say i was a bit disappointed with the mummy duck and baby duck episode. it would have been much better to have seen that beautiful picture of the duck convoy followed by a beautiful picture of the ducks on their individual skewers being barbequed in true Aussie style. Hello pirate! (does anyone else know that Sarah is actually a pirate mate?) I knew you'd end up at the pirate playground. it was K-Aaaaaaaaaaarrrr-ma you might say. I feel it is my duty to fill you in on the important UK news, so here goes - Jack Hayward has sold Wolves to a scouser called Steve Morgan who will be investing 30million into the club, and Super Mick McCarthy is attempting to sign a striker called Billy Sharp who was the strike partner of a guy we already have (Andy Keogh). The future is bright. The future is black and gold. There. No more important UK news. Right, I've got to go check out now, so you two stay safe, keep cyclin with the brakes on, keep cookin on gas and more pictures of pirate with pants on her head. See you later shipmates. Davo.