of weather and mythical beings
11.08.2016 - 30.08.2016 60 °F
Today was “Norway in a Nutshell”. It’s kind of a canned tour of fjords but it is really beautiful. It involves a lot of travel, but how else can you see the territory? We were out and about early this morning, meeting Neill at the train station at ~8:15AM to board a train to Voss. At Voss we met our private tour bus that took us to Gudvangen to board a ferry that took us on a two-hour trip through the fjord to the little town of Flam. Crazy, huh? Yes, but all along the way we were seeing the beautiful countryside – about a million waterfalls and tiny quaint farms. I swear the whole thing looks like a jigsaw puzzle! We had a nice lunch in Flam, shopped around for an hour and then caught a train to a little town (whose name escapes me) where we hurried to change trains and not miss the final leg back to Bergen. Whew! It was a long packed day. We didn’t get back to the hotel until about 8:15PM, at which time Carol and I dumped our stuff in the room and hightailed it to the bar for a glass of wine.
Now, what I have failed to mention is that the weather was a bit challenging today. That was a euphemism for “it rained most of the day”. ‘The problem with rain is that it is inconvenient and it blurs the view from dotted foggy windows. BUT, it is (or has lately been) a frequent phenomenon here, although we have encountered very little, and there is a certain beauty in the countryside in the rain and fog. There is NOT any beauty in my hair however, so pictures of me in the fjords are not to be found.
A few of interesting things about the area we toured: We travelled through steep craggy mountains and through long tunnels to the other sides. It gives you a feeling that you’re in a high elevation. But when you come to the fjord, the terrain looks mountainous but you are at sea level. Fjords are confusing to me. They look like mountain rivers and lakes but they are fingers of the ocean. At one point we were allowed 10 minutes off the train to photo the beautiful Kjos waterfall. There is a myth that a seductive forest creature named Huldra has occasionally been seen and heard singing near the falls. Lo and behold, there she was!!!! (or HE was – I’m pretty sure “she” was a man in a red dress).