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And back to Oslo

Day 32

8 °C

Having returned our trusty little car in one piece - although surprisingly dirty considering I haven't seen one speck of dirt in Norway - we spend a final night in Bergen before an early start the following morning, when we will make our way to Oslo by train.

The Bergen to Oslo train takes around 7 hours and is considered another one of the most scenic train journeys in Europe. This makes the second most scenic train in Europe that we have done since arriving in Norway, the first being the Flam to Mydrol train. We've also done the most scenic drive in Europe (the Atlantic Road) and the longest car tunnel in the world, which we did way back on our trip, just minutes after narrowly surviving the scariest road in Europe, and I was clearly too traumatised to mention it at the time. In hindsight, the Laerdal Tunnel, which is 24.5 km long and takes around 20 minutes to drive through, was quite impressive. All in all, Norway definitely packs a punch when it comes to commuting experiences!

Anyway back to the rail journey...we boarded at around 8am, stowed our luggage and found our seats. Unfortunately, they faced backwards which wasn't a problem at the time but resulted in both Andrew and I feeling very off-kilter after reaching Oslo, I think our sense of balance was still reeling a little from the Hurtigruten sea roller-coaster just the day prior, and we must have looked like two drunken sailors wheeling our luggage through the streets on the way to our hotel.

The scenery was, as advertised, spectacular, as we made our way up to an elevation of around 1250 metres and into blindingly white snow and then through valleys and along fjords...

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We'd previously spent a day and a half in Oslo whilst on the cruise and had crammed a lot into that time, in particular, the Vigeland Sculpture Park which we loved and, although we only have a short time here before flying out to Frankfurt at 4:30 the following afternoon, we're really keen to explore a bit more. So, check-in completed we head out again...actually writing this entry now whilst in Singapore I can see why I am both so far behind with this blog and so exhausted, our schedule was pretty relentless!!

Anyway, moving on, Oslo was no less impressive this time than last time as you will see in my final entry tomorrow.

Posted by andrewmooney 09:39 Archived in Norway

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Spectacular adventure! Your hands must be cold Jane?

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