On our third day in Norway, we took a train from Oslo to Myrdal Station on the Bergen Line and transferred to a train on the Flåm Line. Very scenic, relatively slow, and open windows gave ample photo opportunities. The train meandered along a small river, so you can imagine my surprise when we found a large cruise ship docked at Flåm, far from the ocean.
Our third day in Norway continued with a ferry boat from Flåm to Gudvangen. The sites along the fjord were better than advertised. I know that the hymn “How Great Thou Art” came from Sweden and not Norway, but the views were divinely inspired. When we arrived at Gudvangen, the bus that we were expecting to take us to our evening lodging was not to be found. We found a taxi, albeit expensive, to take us on to Voss.
As you have seen the third day was packed full of activities and we ended the day by staying in a very unique hotel. Until several years ago Store Ringheim was a working farm, converted into a small boutique hotel. Our room dated from 1860, but other parts of the house were from the 17th century. The morning light was beautiful and I was pleased with the images captured. Then once again we were on a ferry, this time headed for Bergen. The skies turned dark and rainy, and the conditions were unsuitable for much photography.
Our next destination was Bergen on the west coast of Norway. We arrived by ferryboat on the evening of June 28. We stayed in an apartment near the University of Bergen. In the summer the days are long, and arising early, I found vacant streets. As you can see there is a lot of color in the buildings, and things are very clean. It was a great place to walk and explore.
On June 29 and 30th, we continued our stay in Bergen. Norway’s second-largest city is a mixture of old and new. Some areas of town are very colorful, while the modern buildings stand in stark contrast. Took a tram up 1050 feet overlooking the city. The view was great. Churches were few and far between and several of them or under reconstruction. They seemed more like museums rather than places of worship. While we enjoyed the beauty of the city, there was also a sense of spiritual emptiness.
On the evening of June 30, we flew from Bergen to Alesund. This was the northernmost point of our journey. Sunset was at 11:15 PM, and sunrise at 3:45 AM. I was awake at about 2 AM and there was still light outside. This was the most picturesque place that we visited, even if it was a little touristy. As with Bergen, the architecture and colors were fascinating.
Photography’s Golden hours are the times just before sunset and just after sunrise. Ålesund Norway is the farthest north I have ever been, and it seemed as though the Golden hours were lengthier than in other places. It appears many more people were out at sunset than at sunrise. The streets were mostly vacant in the early morning.
Sunday, July 2, was our last full day in Norway. We climbed the 418 steps to the Aksla viewpoint above Ålesund before heading to the airport for our flight to Oslo. At that time, we did not know that our flight would be delayed by ten hours. I hope to return to Norway someday.