Norway

I recently enjoyed 7 nights in Norway as part of a tour group. The accommodation was on the edge of the Skanevikfjord, which roughly speaking is 50 kms south of Bergen as the crow flies. It’s situated in western Norway in the heart of the fjords.

On the first full day of the trip I joined two others, Jess and Rosemary, to climb the nearby Gråharjo mountain. The summit is about 740 metres, and with it’s panoramic views was well worth the effort.

View from the top of mountain

A glacier can be seen in the distance.

Another shot from the top of the mountain

Standing on the top of mountain

Half way up the mountain I found out that Rosemary (on the left in picture above) and Jess (on the right) were seasoned hikers with seemingly boundless energy. Rosemary was a strong walker with hiking being one of her interests, whilst Jess had recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge where you climb the 3 highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours. Suffice to say I found it challenging to match their pace during the climb and was most appreciative of the rest break at the top.

Resting near the cairn

The tour included some organised excursions, the first of which was to the second largest city in Norway – Bergen. A funicular railway took us to Mount Flogenl overlooking this attractive city.

Overlooking Bergen

Bergen was enjoyable. Apart from the beautiful setting, the city itself had much character with many cafes, a fish market on the waterfront, museums, historic houses and so on.

Old Houses in Bergen

On the following day I joined a group to canoe to an island.

Canoeing

Group photo on island

The second organised tour excursion took us to undoubtedly the most beautiful areas that we had seen in Norway. This is the Folgefonna Glacier as seen from across a lake.

Folgefonna Glacier

The Langfoss is the 5th highest waterfall in Norway.

Langfoss

On another day a group of 5 of us climbed the relatively small Borgundoya with a peak of 462 metres.

From left to right: Jess, Caroline, Rosemary, Andrea, and myself.

Group photo on top of Borgundoya

It was an enjoyable holiday of which I will have many fond memories, not only of the landscape but also the friendly people that were on the group.

6 Comments »

  1. Emma said,

    August 11, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

    Looks like a great holiday, Matthew! Love the pics!

  2. Alison Lacken said,

    August 12, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    Looks like there is no holding you back now Matthew. The places you visit are lovely. The people you meet look great too. Best of all you look great.

  3. Saana said,

    August 13, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    Makes me want to visit Norway =)

  4. Rosemary said,

    August 15, 2008 @ 5:55 am

    Makes me want to go back again! Nice photos :-).

  5. gerrod said,

    August 26, 2008 @ 6:26 am

    I hate those super fit people that make climbing mountains seem like child’s play! 😉

  6. Alison Lacken said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 4:10 am

    At about the same time you were in Norway Matthew, our cousin Caroline was in Sweden visiting her daugter Katie who lives there now. Caroline lives in Canada. Katie’s brother Clayton is married and his wife is expecting twins. They are about the same age as you. Caroline is Rosemary’s sister, Bona’s dau ghter. Bona was Bill’s sister.
    Anyway Caroline had a yen to see Iceland which she visited with Katie. Rose was staying with us for a week a while back and she received a postcard from Iceland with the volcanos erupting through the snow.

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