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[RD] Hiking through Norway

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by warpus, May 21, 2018.

  1. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Yeah, if you look at the right edge of the photo you'll see a guy bending down dipping two stick-like things in a bowl. There's also a person doing the exact same thing in one of the photos I took of Oslo on day 2.
     
  2. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 18 - Bryggen

    Bryggen (The Dock) is a set of commercial Hanseatic buildings. It is also known as Tyskebryggen (The German Dock)









     
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    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Damn but does that panel on the lower right look like a North American Pacific Northwest totem pole...

    Spoiler :

     
  4. warpus

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    It's probably supposed to be represent Viking encounters with natives in North America. I looked up more information about the statue and found this

     
  5. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    The Vikings never made it to Seattle....
     
  6. Silurian

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    I sorta knew that, as I was at that location a month ago. And the Vikings didn't see any totem poles there. As they really weren't a thing within about 3000 miles of there.
     
  8. Silurian

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    I think some people call it artistic license
     
  9. Cutlass

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    Parks Canada says the Vikings really didn't meet Indians at all..
     
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    There is evidence for some limited contact with natives in Newfoundland
     
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    Somebody needs to correct that. They had contact with the Beothuks and the Thule (precursors to the Inuit) during their seasonal trips to L'Anse-aux-Meadows (of course that's not what the Vikings called it!). Archaeological findings support this.
     
  12. warpus

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    This particular Canadian Heritage Minute, which used to play on TV all the time, comes to mind:

     
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    Day 18 - Bryggen and Mt. Fløyen

    I have two more photos from Bryggen worth sharing.



    From what I understand there are some groundwater problems under Bryggen, which has caused some of the buildings to shift over the years.



    Next on my agenda was the Fløibanen furnicular, which takes you up to a lookout point on the summit of Mt. Fløyen.



    I got to the top at almost exactly 9pm



    The lookout point is 399m above sea level and gives you a great view of the Bergen city centre and beyond.

     
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    I assume that's the railway to the lookout point in the top right of this photo.
     
  15. warpus

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    Yep, good eye! You can also see the lookout point itself in this shot.
     
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    I saw it the other day and wondered if it was some steps in which case assumed you would not have time to climb them before the ship arrives.
     
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    You can climb to the top, it takes just under an hour. You're right that I wouldn't have had time for that (before it got dark) unless I skipped walking around the old town, which I wasn't willing to do. In theory I could have skipped that restaurant and gone for fast food instead, that would have saved me 30-45 minutes. It was such a great meal though, I'm glad I didn't skip it.

    Fortunately the ticket office and entrance to the cable car to the top was literally right next to the guest house where I was staying! So after Bryggen I made a beeline for my room, dropped some things off, and then went straight to the top. There are other hiking trails at the top as well, I wish I had time to explore them. A friend of mine actually ended up on vacation in Norway a couple weeks after me, and ended up doing some hiking up there, said the trails were pretty nice, but didn't take many pictures.

    The ship taking me to my next destination wouldn't be leaving until the early morning. Yep, I managed to see all that in Bergen and get some good sleep in too!
     
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    Day 18 - A Bergen sunset





    I ended the day with a reindeer soup, which I found very good.
     
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    Fløibanen Video

    Here's a video of me going up in the cable car, without any editing at all

     
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    Day 19 - To Flåm via the Sognefjord

    I woke up for a 7am breakfast, prepared for me by my elderly Norwegian hostess. I can't stress enough how great my stay at the Skansen Pensjonat guest house was.. Breakfast usually starts later, but she woke up early just to make sure I didn't leave without eating my breakfast. If I ever come back to Bergen I know exactly where I will want to stay!

    By 8am I was on a boat headed to Flåm via the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, the Sognefjord.



    Flåm is a village of about 350. It seems a bit like a tourist trap, but it's close to several points of interest.. and there's a hostel just outside of town!



    I had something booked for 4pm, giving me enough time to eat a quick meal and see a bit of Flåm.



    Tourists arrive by bus, boat, bike, and train.



     
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