Saturday, November 1, 2014

Norway - Bergen

This is the metal cover drain on the street in Bergen. It seems to be of a landmarks in the city.
We saw different designs in two other cities in Norway. 

We bought a 48 hour card, NOK260 per person (24 hour card NOK200), at the information center. 
With the card, you travel free on Light Rail and buses in the city and the Region. It also grants free or discounted admission to museums, attractions, cultural events, sightseeing tours, restaurants and parking.

Bryggen - Bergen is a designated UNESCO World Heritage City.

The Fish Market. Will the fish really say "Fish me?"

Floibanen Funicular (NOK85, but free with the card from Oct 1-Apr 30). I like their funicular,with glass, even on the top windows.

It took us to Mount Floyen. A sign: DON'T INSULT THE WITCH.
Do you?

There was a lake along one of the trails, where we saw parents/teachers and kids doing various activities.

It seemed a good place for the student camp.

Another sign warning about the local witches.

 Haakon's Hall (NOK60 but free with the card) - 13th century Royal Ceremonial Hall.

An original Enigma decoder from WWII in the Bergenhus Fortress Museum.

Bryggens Museum/Meeting Point Bryggen (NOK70 but free with the card) - archaeological museum.

Korskirken - 17th century church.
Steve 聽懂這些簡單的華語,他奇怪我怎麼會說是中國人。

The Theater - from 1909.

Nordnes - a park near Bergen Aquarium.

Nykirken - early 18th century church.

The next morning, we went on a 3 hour Fjord cruise to Mostraumen (NOK400 discounted with the card), it was the only cruise they have during the off-season months.
That day was raining, so the tour was not so impressive compared to the other fjords we saw on cruises a few days before.

After back from the cruise, we walked around some others place in the city.
Johanneskirken - St. John's Church.

Maritime Museum.

VilVite - Bergen Science Center (NOK160 but free with the card from Aug 18-Jun 22).
Our mixture image, is it funny?

We booked a travel package tour NOK1550 per person from Bergen to Oslo at the information center.
The journey starts with a train at Bergen railway to Voss, the world's most beautiful train ride. We got advised to sit on the left side.

Then take a bus to Gudvangen. We had about 40 mins wandering around this small village.

Then take a boat to Flam.

Along the cruise, we can see Naeroyfjord. "It is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snowfield, waterfalls and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway. The Naeroyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 meters across at it narrowest and a mere 12 at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,660 meters. UNESCO has included in its famous World Heritage List."

The cruise turned to Aurlandsfjord, after a 2 hour boat journey, we arrived at Flam. We went in the tourism center, and we noticed a traveler storing his luggage in a room at the ticket counter. So we did the same because we had 3 hours to wander around this village.

Flamsbana Museum.

We had a short walk to Kleivastien 690 m trail.

We found this on the trail, I translate it from Chinese to English: Discover your footsteps all over the world!

Then take a scenic train to Myrdal - not this train, this train became a cafe.

Here is the train.
It stops at Kjosfossen, allowing tourist to look at the waterfall.

I waved at Steve to come to see it as he likes waterfalls, he didn't. I think he wanted to guard our luggage, he always worried to leave bags in an open area.

About 1 hour after arriving at Myrdal, we changed to a NSB train departing at 5.57pm.
I saw several ladies like to knit when they are traveling on a long journey.

The train journey is 6 hours to Oslo. There snow cover at about 2000 m. height.
We couldn't see most of the views along the route because it was getting dark.

At the end of our trip, this poem was on the walkway in Oslo airport. I translate:
Perhaps winter already end and spring is decayed there
Another summer again. The time got one year round again.
I just strongly believe you will come back one day eventually
Keep my promise, will wait for you.

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