Denmark/Norway/Finland/Sweden travel blog

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Shopping out in the middle of nowhere!

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Countryside as we travel west from Oslo to Bergen

Above the timberline. It's the first time we were a little cold.

Above the timberline.

Warning against falling through the ice!!

A stave church, built around 1180.

Stave church, wooden construction with no nails

Stave church, multi-tiered, sloping rooftops, crowned with dragons.

Stave church, to honor Saint Andrew the apostle

Inside Stave church

Looking up at roof of Stave church-looks like boats turned upside dow

Inside Stave church

Stave church, a distinctive Viking style

Getting higher up into the mountains

Inside the 17-mile tunnel through the mountain

Speed limit in the 17-mile tunnel

Our first Fjord

Fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides created by a...

Fjord


We boarded a bus, driving west from Oslo, headed for Bergen on the west coast of Norway. We stop halfway there in the little town of Flam for the night. The weather is a little cooler but still wonderful, in the 60's.

During the bus ride, Mona, our tour guide, talked about the Scandinavian countries and answered our questions. All three countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, are constitutional monarchies; which means they all have kings and queens, who have no political power. They just represent their countries around the world. And the people love them.

All three countries practice a form of democratic socialism; which means that they provide free health care, education, child care, etc to their people. Of course the people pay very heavy taxes to receive their free benefits. Taxes are very high especially on luxury items like liquor, tobacco, gas for their cars. The taxes are to provide the government with money but also to discourage the people from indulging in these luxuries. The government discourages the use of cars by providing excellent public transportation systems-buses, trams, bicycle lanes, trains, ferries.

The great irony is that Norway has become very wealthy since the discovery of off-shore oil. They export great quantities of oil and gas, while they strive to become independent of oil and gas.

We stopped in Borgund to see the Stave Church. See all the pictures.

After we checked in to our beautiful hotel in Flam, we visited a farmer who has lived in this area for generations. He told us about the history of the area.

Our hotel provided us with an excellent dinner buffet. Amazing!! All kinds of fishes-herring, salmon, cod, whale, crab, haddock, crayfish, fish soup; dried meats-lamb, beef; salad bar; hot dishes; cheeses; with ice cream and brownies for dessert!!! We are being well nourished on this trip!

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