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Norway

Norway

Norway is a spectacularly beautiful country that is rich in many natural wonders. Likewise, its cities and people are terrific too. Although the country stretches through same of the most rugged landscapes in Europe, it was easy to explore using easily accessible public transportation. We traveled throughout the country using a combination of trains, buses and ferries.

Upon our arrival at the Oslo Central Train Station, we were greeted by a crew filming a scene for a movie. They were trying to capture a crowd of people looking up at the monitors listing the scheduled train arrivals/departures. I was not asked to be in the movie, bummer.

Upon our arrival at the Oslo Central Train Station, we were greeted by a crew filming a scene for a movie. They were trying to capture a crowd of people looking up at the monitors listing the scheduled train arrivals/departures. I was not asked to be in the movie, bummer.

A renovated textile mill alongside a river that runs through Oslo.

A renovated textile mill alongside a river that runs through Oslo.

An old church near our AirBnB that Alena expertly photographed.

An old church near our AirBnB that Alena expertly photographed.

Exterior of the Nobel Peace Prize Center.

Exterior of the Nobel Peace Prize Center.

Each winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has an electronic display that describes the reasons why they were selected.

Each winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has an electronic display that describes the reasons why they were selected.

One section of the Nobel Center contained signs that the youth of Oslo prepared expressing their thoughts about the future. These two were in English and expressed there concerns about the future health of our planet.

One section of the Nobel Center contained signs that the youth of Oslo prepared expressing their thoughts about the future. These two were in English and expressed there concerns about the future health of our planet.

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Colorful street in Oslo the was lined with lots of trees and flowers.

Colorful street in Oslo the was lined with lots of trees and flowers.

An old fortress that overlooks the Oslo harbor.

An old fortress that overlooks the Oslo harbor.

Protesting is common in Norway. These people had glued their hands together in front of a bank. They were protesting the banks practice of investing in companies that pollute the earth.

Protesting is common in Norway. These people had glued their hands together in front of a bank. They were protesting the banks practice of investing in companies that pollute the earth.

Alena and I stopped in a brewery to sample some classic Norwegian beers. This is the sampler they brought us. Additionally, they gave us another beer (in tall glass) we could drink while waiting for the sampler to arrive. A beer appetizer, while waiting for the beer main course. So many beers, so little time!

Alena and I stopped in a brewery to sample some classic Norwegian beers. This is the sampler they brought us. Additionally, they gave us another beer (in tall glass) we could drink while waiting for the sampler to arrive. A beer appetizer, while waiting for the beer main course. So many beers, so little time!

After Oslo, we took the train over the mountains to Bergen, which is in a fjord on the west coast. This is a photo of the Bergen harbor.

After Oslo, we took the train over the mountains to Bergen, which is in a fjord on the west coast. This is a photo of the Bergen harbor.

The buildings along the harbor are old wooden structures that have been maintained/recreated to look like the ones that existed several hundred years ago. They are tilted and leaning due to their age the settling of soil beneath them.

The buildings along the harbor are old wooden structures that have been maintained/recreated to look like the ones that existed several hundred years ago. They are tilted and leaning due to their age the settling of soil beneath them.

I took a hike around a mountain overlooking the city where I came upon this view of Bergen and the fjord.

I took a hike around a mountain overlooking the city where I came upon this view of Bergen and the fjord.

Fishing is a prominent industry up and down the Norwegian coast, which means we eat a lot of fresh fish.

Fishing is a prominent industry up and down the Norwegian coast, which means we eat a lot of fresh fish.

Sunset from the ferry as we left Bergen on our up the coast way to Alesund.

Sunset from the ferry as we left Bergen on our up the coast way to Alesund.

The route the ferry took followed the rugged Norwegian coastline north with a few stops at small fishing villages along the way.

The route the ferry took followed the rugged Norwegian coastline north with a few stops at small fishing villages along the way.

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Alena facing down the cold North Sea.

Alena facing down the cold North Sea.

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This photo was taken from the hill overlooking Alesund, where the ferry dropped us off.

This photo was taken from the hill overlooking Alesund, where the ferry dropped us off.

An inlet in Alesund where the houses were built right up to the water’s edge.

An inlet in Alesund where the houses were built right up to the water’s edge.

After Alesund we caught the train to Trondheim. the route was through the mountains and river valleys. When I say through the mountains, that is exactly what I mean. Instead of routing the tracks up and over a mountain or even around it, Norway just tunnels right through it. There were more tunnels in Norway than I had every seen.

After Alesund we caught the train to Trondheim. the route was through the mountains and river valleys. When I say through the mountains, that is exactly what I mean. Instead of routing the tracks up and over a mountain or even around it, Norway just tunnels right through it. There were more tunnels in Norway than I had every seen.

Trondheim is another city along the western coast of Norway at the end of a long fjord. In the photo is the building where we rented an AirBNB. It is the darker building across the river built on pilings.

Trondheim is another city along the western coast of Norway at the end of a long fjord. In the photo is the building where we rented an AirBNB. It is the darker building across the river built on pilings.

Old cobblestone street outside of the apartment we rented.

Old cobblestone street outside of the apartment we rented.

At this location a church was first built about a thousand years ago. Over the centuries several iterations of the church burnt and were rebuilt. Each one more grand than the previous one. The current church is truly magnificent both inside and out. Unfortunately, they did not allowed to take pictures of the inside.

At this location a church was first built about a thousand years ago. Over the centuries several iterations of the church burnt and were rebuilt. Each one more grand than the previous one. The current church is truly magnificent both inside and out. Unfortunately, they did not allowed to take pictures of the inside.

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Selfie of Alena and I while on the tour of the church’s tower.

Selfie of Alena and I while on the tour of the church’s tower.

This structure at the fort that overlooks Trondheim housed cannons pointed out the port ready to protect the city from invaders.

This structure at the fort that overlooks Trondheim housed cannons pointed out the port ready to protect the city from invaders.

Old wooden housed built on pilings along the banks of the river.

Old wooden housed built on pilings along the banks of the river.

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After Trondheim we again hopped on the train again and headed north to the coastal city of Bodo, where we hoped to catch the ferry to Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands. We were counting on the train to arrive on time so that we could hurriedly walk to the dock and catch the last ferry of the day. The train was within a minute of its scheduled arrival time. This photo was taken from the train of the landscape we passed by.

After Trondheim we again hopped on the train again and headed north to the coastal city of Bodo, where we hoped to catch the ferry to Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands. We were counting on the train to arrive on time so that we could hurriedly walk to the dock and catch the last ferry of the day. The train was within a minute of its scheduled arrival time. This photo was taken from the train of the landscape we passed by.

This photo was also taken from the train. It is a photo of the Arctic Circle marker.

This photo was also taken from the train. It is a photo of the Arctic Circle marker.

The last ferry stop before Solvaer. Above the doorway of this building they recorded the degrees of north latitude.

The last ferry stop before Solvaer. Above the doorway of this building they recorded the degrees of north latitude.

Foggy morning in Svolvaer with just the tips of the mountains showing in the distance.

Foggy morning in Svolvaer with just the tips of the mountains showing in the distance.

After a couple days we took the bus from Svolvaer to Narvik. We were told that ride was boring and uneventful. That was not the case. There were spectacular views in all directions the entire trip to Narvik. This photo and the one below were taken from the bus.

After a couple days we took the bus from Svolvaer to Narvik. We were told that ride was boring and uneventful. That was not the case. There were spectacular views in all directions the entire trip to Narvik. This photo and the one below were taken from the bus.

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Narvik was the northern most city we planned to visit along the Norwegian coast. From what we had read, Narvik was an industrial city and nothing special, but it was surround by beautiful mountains. This photo was taken from a skii slope within walking distance from the apartment we rented. In the foreground were two iron ore freighters waiting to dock and load their cargo.

Narvik was the northern most city we planned to visit along the Norwegian coast. From what we had read, Narvik was an industrial city and nothing special, but it was surround by beautiful mountains. This photo was taken from a skii slope within walking distance from the apartment we rented. In the foreground were two iron ore freighters waiting to dock and load their cargo.

Photo of looking down at Narvik and across the fjord.

Photo of looking down at Narvik and across the fjord.

Photo looking east to the end of the fjord.

Photo looking east to the end of the fjord.

We spent our last hours in Norway on a train that took us from Narvik, Norway to Lulea, Sweden. The first part of the journey was an assent up the mountains.

We spent our last hours in Norway on a train that took us from Narvik, Norway to Lulea, Sweden. The first part of the journey was an assent up the mountains.

This ski area seemed to be only accessible by train. The lake in the background was still frozen when we passed trough, we could tell the ice would not last long.

This ski area seemed to be only accessible by train. The lake in the background was still frozen when we passed trough, we could tell the ice would not last long.

Next stop is Lulea, Sweden and then on to in Finland.

Next stop is Lulea, Sweden and then on to in Finland.

Finland

Finland

Iceland

Iceland