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Norway in a Nutshell (Geilo to Flam) 9/21

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After breakfast Jane, Sue, and I went out for a walk by the lake.  It was in a different place than I walked yesterday.  There were lovely views of the lake with the church in the background..

 

I was able to take a close-up.

The water bu the shore was lovely.

We sat pm tje decl pf the back deck of the lodge for a while until it was time to walk back to the train station.  The uphill walk took some effort but we all made it.

There were some young adults on the train with us.  They were carrying boxes of muffins and desserts.  I asked them were they were  going and he told me they were going to a wedding in the town of Finse.  They had to take the food on the train because there is no way to get to Finse by car.  The wedding was to be in a small hotel in Finse.

The views of the lakes and mountains were beautiful  We went through a very, very, long tunnel.  The engineering to build this train was amazing.

We had to transfer to another train in Mydol.  There were many people on the platform.  I took some photos of a waterfall….

and other structures in the town…

…including the river…..

… and some buildings.  I love the steeply sloped roofs.

I spoke  to a man who worked for the railroad and asked him if people could drive to Myrdal.  He said, “No.  Only small cars can fit on the very narrow roads;”  I also asked him how many people live here.  I was really surprised when he said that there were only 2.  So I asked him who lives in the above houses and he told me that they were for people who worked for the railroad and did repairs.

The train to Flam was very, very crowded. It turns out that people from a cruise ship take the train from Flam to Myrdal and then back to Flåm before getting on the cruise ship.  The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station.

The views from the train were wonderful but not photographable because of the glare on the windows.  I only took one shot.

We reached an opening in a tunnel where the train stopped and we were allowed to disembark to take photos of the Kjosfossen Waterfall.

I helped several travelers to take photos of themselves instead of doing selfies and they were very appreciative  One couple took a photo of me

And I took another one of the waterfall.

Then I heard music and somebody pointed out to me that there was a woman who was dancing on a wall near the waterfall.  I read that it is sung by Huldra as she is luring men,

I attempted a couple more photo from the train.

Very close to Flam we passed this church.

In Flam we walked to the Hostile.  The 3 person shared bath room was on the second floor so we upgraded to a room with a private bath.  When we got to the room, we discovered that there were 2 bunk beds and very little room.  What a change from yesterday.  Sue took the mattress off of the bunk and put it on the floor.  We found space for Jane’s and Sue’s suitcases and I put mine under my bed  Success.

Then we walked around town for a while looking in stores and went out for fish soup for dinner.  Since it was so early, we relaxed in the lounge for this place.  It actually was pretty nice and except for being crowded in our room and WiFi quitting over and over again, it isn’t bad.  Looking forward to a hike tomorrow.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

3 thoughts on “Norway in a Nutshell (Geilo to Flam) 9/21

  1. I can almost smell the fresh air and hear the sound of the water!
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    Sarah

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  2. I really appreciate these photos as when Eric and I did the nutshell train there were problems on the track and we had to get off the train and go by bus and they didn’t take us to the Flam train and we didn’t see the waterfall. We later were on the fjord but not the same thing. Shirley

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  3. Cool waterfall!

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