Pics Southern Norway 2013
This section covers the continuation of our trip from Trondheim to Oslo, via the fjords, islands, Alesund, the Atlantic Coast Drive, Bergen, Stavenger and the Telemark region. I hope you enjoy browsing the photos.
Larger roads, even with a centre line!
We followed the new outer coastal route and really enjoyed the fantastic scenery.
Bridges and tunnels everywhere.
We arrived here at Tommervag just before the ferry was due to leave, but discovered that it had departed about five minutes early.
We waited for the next ferry from Tommervag to Kristiansund.
Taken from a harbour cruise boat.
The dried fish woman at Kristiansund.
Part of the Atlantic coast road from Kristiansund to Molde
Again spectacular bridges.
Imagine this in rough weather!
Another impressive bridge.
On the ferry from Molde to Vestnes
The Hurtigruten ship arrives in Alesund.
This photo was taken from the great park place for motor homes in Alesund.
Alesund. The city was rebuilt after the fire of 1904.
The following text is from Wikipedia
In the night of 23 January 1904, the town was the scene of the Ålesund Fire, one of the most terrible of the many conflagrations to which Norwegian towns, once built largely of wood, have been subjected. Practically the entire town was destroyed during the night, a gale aiding the flames, and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night with only a few minutes' notice. Only one person died in the fire, the 76-year-old Ane Heen, but more than 10,000 people were left without shelter. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany had often gone on vacation to Sunnmøre. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects, most of them educated in Trondheim and Charlottenburg, Berlin, drawing inspiration from all over Europe. To honor Wilhelm, one of the most frequented streets of the town is named after him.
Alesund from a viewpoint above the city.
Boarding the ferry from Saebo to Slogen on one of only rainy days in seven weeks.
Looking up Hjørundfjord, note the hughe road!
Swiss style hotel at the end of the fjord.
Foundations of the flooded huts.
The dam formed by the mountain slide.
The narrow 655 pass road at the dam site,
and further up the pass.
Looking up to glaciers to the South of the 655 pass road.
Looking up Geiranger fjord from Sunnylvs Fjord
Taking the early morning ferry to travel up the Geiranger fjord. We left the motorhome at the campground in Hellesylt.
The seven sisters.
Geiranger Tollstigen. (The road winding up the hill in the background.)
View from above Geiranger
Cruise ship in the end of Geiranger fjord.
The seven sisters again.
Cruise ship in Nord fjord
Another part of the Jostedalbreen Glacier
Kaupanger stave church
Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway at 205 km and 1308 m deep.
We crossed the Sognefjord from North to South around the middle, from Hella to Vangsnes.
Vangsnes in the distance.
Stave church at Vik
Stone church at Hove
Grass covered rooves.
Looking down over Vikøyri where the last two churches are.
Pass road above Vikøyri
The road we came down!
Ski resort, Norwegian style.
Closer view of the houses.
The road beside Hardanger fjord.
Hardanger fjord, not much room for the road on the right hand side of the photo.
Park in Bergen
Edvard Grieg Statue
Museum of Art
Memorial to Ole Bull
A bear hug!
The fish market in Bergen
Old German Hansa buildings including the museum on the corner.
Maria church, under renovation.
Path and gate leading to the Rosenkrantz Tower
Close to Håkons Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of the tower are from the 1270s, but it has been extended on several occasions for the purpose of fortification and as a demonstration of power to the independent-minded Hanseatic traders. If you climb up the narrow and dark flights of steps you can climb right up on to the roof, which still provides impressive views.
The tower was the residence of King Eirik Magnusson, who was the last king to hold court in Bergen, until he died in 1299. Subsequently the tower housed less fortunate residents the cellar contains the notorious dungeon, which was probably in use from the end of the 15th century until well into the 19th century.
View from the tower.
Model of how the buildings looked after a German amunition boat exploded next to it in 1944.
This little fellow-
doesn't look very happy.
Edvard Grieg museum.
View from the garden.
His summer house.
Back of the museum with an auditorium.
This was his work room.
Cable car to the Belleview, 320 m above sea level.
On the way up
View from the top.
Hansa buildings and wharf from a harbour cruise.
Håkon's Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower from the tour boat.
Heading South on the next ferry, again powered by LNG.
A sister ship.
The picnic place where we overnighted.
An old fire watch tower in Stavanger.
View from the tower.
St Peter's church Stavanger
Old wooden houses Stavanger.
On the ferry crossing from Lauvvika to Oanes
The start of our hike to see Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen),
and it goes up!
Looking back down on the park place.
Board walk over a swampy area.
The walk goes up the hill and through the pass in the distance.
Not too easy going.
Eventually there, or almost.
604 metres above the fjord!
Straight down, quite a feeling,
and what a view! Looking East up Lyse fjord.
Another two hours to get down again.
Late evening view over the archipeligo.
We overnighted on this wharf on Frafjord,
with little holiday huts on both sides. Note the access road on the cliff behind.
We then continued East via the Sirdal - (Dal = Tal = valley)
with its many lakes,
then down a rather steep slope to Dalen.
Noe the two whip backs of the road just below.
Hotel bus, not as old as it looks.
Coffe and cake
Quite a trout at 15.5 kg and a meter long!
From Dalen we followed the Telemark canal for some distance, through beautiful country.
One of the locks, which are still operated by hand.
Another wonderful overnighting place.
Early morning mist.
Heddal stave chuch
Down town Oslo
City hall Oslo
Nicer inside than out!
View over Oslo fjord from the city hall.
Wall paintings by Edvard Munch
New area near the Opera
Oslo opera house
Viking boat museum
All three boats exhibited were buried with their owners and all one would need for the afterlife.
The Kontiki Raft
Aker Brygge area early evening.
Original! Italian restaurant.
Taken from a harbour ferry.
City hall from the harbour
Bronze statues at Vigeland Park
Stone sculptures at Vigeland
Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum
This is the landing area!
and they come from up there!
Old skis and sleds etc.
Starting young, very young!
Saving the crown prince.
The inclinator to the top of the ski jump.
View from the starting point.
The view over Oslo and Oslo Fjord from the top of Holmenkollen
Hotel at Holmenkollen.