Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scadinavia -Norway.

Oslo -Norway.

Neil +  Henry on a dirt road in Norway having lunch next to the trusted blue Passat Station Wagon.

Oslo is the capital of Norway and also the city where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.
(The rest of the Noble prizes are awarded in Stockholm.)
President Mandela and President de Klerk of South Africa receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is one the most famous tourist sites in Oslo.
It is located in the beautiful  Frogner Park.
Below the sculptor with some of his art work.

Gustav Vigeland-Sculptor

Another interesting attraction we visited in Oslo was The Viking Ship Museum at the University.
Here they display the large Viking ships Oseberga, Gokstad and Tune, as well as founds from the chief grave at Borre in the Vestfold district.
The three ships are the best preserved Viking ships known, found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord. As burial ships, carrying the dead over to “the Other World”, the ships were equipped with unique treasures such as wagons, horses and especially textiles which are seldom preserved from the Viking age, now on exhibit at the museum.

Viking Ships


Our next destination was the seaport of Bergen on the west coast of Norway.It is also called the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway .
Bergen is surrounded by one of the world's most spectacular tourist attractions - The Norwegian Fjords, which have now been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Bergen is situated between the longest fjord Sognefjord north of Bergen and the beautiful Hardangerfjord in the south.

The fjords in Norway have been voted the world's most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic.

Geiranger Fjord.

We were going to visit the Geiranger fjord.
Driving up to the fjords one passes some  of the most  breathtaking un spoilt nature scenes in the world.Very tall mountains on the side of deep valleys with waterfalls all over .
 As snow covers so much of these region for months some of the roads are rather bad.
The road will go up  very high up into  the mountains and the roads could be dangerous.

We would be driving   and all of a sudden the road will end at a river and one had to wait for a ferry to arrive and take you over the river. The wait could be hours.

It was mid August but the weather never really got warm. It was cool and one had to wear a sweater to stay warm .Also some rain .In some of the camping spots we got soaking wet.
After the heat of Greece this was quite a nice change, but not always very comfortable.
We stayed in the camping site of the little town Geiranger and the foot of the fjord.

To me Norway was one of the most beautiful places in the world that we visited in Europe.
Very few people around and one feels one with nature here.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.