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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway June 8th 2017

Due to rain, we stayed another day in Bergen. Used the time to go into the city to get supplies and be ready to hit the road. The weather cleared in the afternoon so we hiked up the mountain behind the Hostel. Turned out not to be the smartest thing to do, but it was a great hike. Amazing, the number of people running up the mountain, even on the steepest trail where we were. Woke to a relatively clear morning! A great day to ride! We struggled to find our way, but people really helped pointing the way. We did a paltry 20 miles to a campground and beat the rain. Luckily we took a basic cabin, because shortly thereafter my bad knee swelled up and refused to bend! A rough night but in the ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Dalen June 5th 2017

Erik en ik hadden een nieuwe topo van Fyresdal en Nissedal (Telemark, Zuid-Noorwegen) in handen gekregen en besloten op onderzoek uit te gaan. Lange lengtes tradklimmen, dat moesten we beleven. Dus met ons vol geladen busje op weg via Nederland, Duitsland, met de ferrie naar Denemarken, met de volgende ferrie naar Zweden en de laatste ferrie onder Oslo (Noorwegen). Het Nissedal ligt zo'n 4u vanaf die laatste ferrie. Vooral het laatste stuk verloopt traag door de kleinere bochtige wegen vanaf het ene meer na het andere. Het laatste half uur werden we omringd door massieve granieten rotswanden. Een prachtig zicht! Noorwegen heeft een stukje van ons hart veroverd door die prachtige natuurpracht. Ons neus bracht ons eerst naar het Fyresdal, een kleine zijvallei van het Nissedal. We verbleven op de Oyne camping gelegen aan het water ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway June 4th 2017

We've made it to Bergen! A great train ride! Fantastic scenery through farmland, forests, and snow covered high country! Many water falls. Rain and drizzle much of the way of course and temps in 50's except for the high country. Luckily we had a window of dry when we got off the train. We had a quick meal and then a 1.6 Km uphill ride to the Bergen Montana hostel. Oh boy instantaneous jolt of how out of shape we are! We made it up without getting off though! A nice shower and then laundry and we're ready for bed!!! I'll try to post some pictures...... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway June 2nd 2017

We've made it to Norway, but now we're stuck in Oslo. We had to change planes in Reykjavik and the baggage handlers decided to put only 1 bike on the plane! After a great deal of searching we found the 1 bike. We went to the baggage claim office and after a good deal of clicking we were told the other bike was still in Reykjavik. We had a train reservation to Bergen the next day and were assured they would get the bike to the hotel in time for us to get to Bergen. So now we sit without the bike and the train has long left. No available train seating until Sunday. So a flurry of changing reservations and now we continue to wait for the missing bike. At least we'll get a chance ... read more

Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Kristiansand July 15th 2015

It's been 5 weeks since the last travel post....and 5 weeks since we've traveled, if you don't consider grocery shopping as travel I suppose :P The weather this summer in Stavanger has been, shall we say, well not summer like, nor anything like we've ever experienced in our past 2 summers here. It has provided many opportunities for long naps and getting hooked on Game of Thrones which the Skinners have stored on their movie server. Trust me, it takes the whole 5 weeks to watch 4 seasons without going blind...haha. So Barb and I decided we needed an outing to the south where we heard the sun was shining!! A short 2 hour train ride lands you in Kristiansand, on the southernmost tip of Norway. It's the 5th largest city in Norway and on first ... read more

Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Rjukan July 2nd 2015

The Norwegian nature and various cultural and industrial heritage sites In the previous blog entry I wrote about the production of heavy water in Norway during the second world war and the events around that. When I visited Lake Tinnsjo, Rjukan Railway and Vemork Power Station, some of the key places in Nazi-Germany's quest for heavy water, I also went to some places unrelated to World War II. In this blog entry I will write about that. OK, I will also write about Vemork Power Station but only for its significance as an industrial heritage site. When you travel through Telemark District the dramatic landscape and the beautiful nature is what you will remember it for afterwards. There are waterfalls everywhere and they come in every size. There are big thundering ones cascading down, there are ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Rjukan July 1st 2015

The heroes of Telemark This blog entry is named "The heroes of Telemark" after a British film from 1965. The film is based on a true story about how a group of Norwegians managed to prevent the Nazi regime in Germany to get access to heavy water which the Nazis needed in their atomic bomb program. In early July I, Ake, went to Norway for a few days because I wanted to visit the site where the heavy water was produced and, thanks to the Norwegian sabotage team, and eventually destroyed. In 1911 the Vemork Power Plant was finished and started to produce electric power. This power-plant was then the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. The water for the power plant was taken from a dam further upstream and brought to the turbines in ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Setesdal June 22nd 2015

Erik en ik trokken op avontuur richting het noorden. Onze tocht begon via Duitsland, Denemarken, Zweden en uiteindelijk Noorwegen. Natuurlijk van de ene ferry naar de andere om de rijtijd te bespoedigen. En gelukkig viel het beter mee als mijn vorige ervaringen. Na één lange dag stopten we halverwege Zweden in de regio Bohuslan om te overnachten. Een goede tip voor lange roadtrips zijn audioboeken! De volgende dag vervolgden we onze weg. Via de 11km lange tunnel onder de Oslo-fjord reden we naar de bergen richting het westen. Onderweg bezochten we de hele mooie Stavkirke. Een compleet uit hout gemaakt kerkje vanuit 1100. Zeker de moeite waard en leuk om de benen te strekken. Vanaf daar reden we gestaag hoger de bergen in. Het hoog-plateau was bedekt met een dikke laag sneeuw. De winter was hier ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway August 13th 2014

Die Zeit in Tjome verging schnell und am 6. August machten wir uns schließlich auf den Weg gen Norden. Nach einer Fahrt durchs malerische Gausdal und einer Übernachtung im Motel am 7. August erreichten wir am 8. August morgens unseren Ausgangspunkt für die Wanderung in den Rondane-Nationalpark. Nach einer dreistündigen Wanderung erreichten wir schließlich die Rondvassbu-Hytta, wo wir im Schlafsaal im Keller noch vier Betten ergattern konnten. Die Hütte war am Wochenende insgesamt mit 100 Wanderern überbelegt... Während Anton mit den Kids am Fluss spielte, erklomm Andrea am nächsten Morgen den Gipfel des Storronden (2.138m): die Mühen des Aufstiegs wurden mit einer atemberaubenden Aussicht belohnt. Am Freitag erreichte Anton gegen Mittag den Gipfel des Veslesmeden (2.015m) während die Kids heute mit Buchstaben aus Gras Namen bastelten. Und am Sonntag stand der Abstieg zum Pa... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway August 4th 2014

Nachdem wir am 1. August um 21.30 Uhr nach diversen Motorstörungen und Werkstattbesuchen tatsächlich noch unseren für die Nacht gebuchten Pferdehof in Bindslev in Norddänemark erreichten, stand der Überfahrt von Hirtshals, Dänemark nach Larvik, Norwegen am 2.8. nichts mehr im Wege. Um 10 Uhr waren wir in Hirtshals am Check-In, und pünktlich um 12.45 Uhr startete die Fähre... Von Larvik war es noch eine Stunde Fahrzeit zu unserer ersten norwegischen "Hytta" in Tjome. Unser erster Weg führte uns zum Strand ca. 100m hinter der Hütte, wo wir im Laufe des Abends einen tollen Sonnenuntergang bestaunen konnten. Der Sonntag war Kindertag: es standen Strand und eine Fahrt mit unserem Schlauchboot auf dem Plan. Heute haben wir das Naturschutzgebiet hinter unserem Campingplatz erkundet und waren begeistert von dem Mix aus Felsen, Sand, Vegetation und Meer... Alles ist bislang ... read more
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