Trip to Norway (day 4) – Rjukan to Bergen

DAY 1: Journey to Brussels (20th May 2015)
Transports:
Flight Oporto to Brussels Zaventem (Ryanair): 24.50€

Restaurants:
Les Super Filles du Tram (Brussels)

DAY 2: Arrival in Oslo (21st May 2015)
Transports:
Flight Brussels Charleroi to Oslo Rygge (Ryanair): 8.15€
Oslo Rygge Airport to Oslo (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
Oslo train station – Bygdøy – Oslo train station (bus): 60 NOK (7.30€)

Museums:
Viking Ship Museum: 80 NOK (9.70€)
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History: 90 NOK (10.90€)

Accommodation:
Oslo Hotel Apartments – 999 NOK/4 pax (30€/pax)

DAY 3: Oslo to Rjukan (22nd May 2015)
Transports:
Car Rental (Hertz): 437.62€ (4 days, delivery in a different location)

Accommodation:
Gaustatoppen Hostel – 1340 NOK/4 pax (40.5€/pax)

DAY 4: Rjukan to Bergen (23rd May 2015)
Transports (ferry):
Jondal – Torvikbygd: 192 NOK (23.3€/car + 3 adults)

Accommodation:
Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge – 1495 NOK/4 pax (45.25€/pax) breakfast included

Restaurants:
Bergen Briggen Tracteursted – 747 NOK/4 pax (22.7€/pax)
Anne Madam (fish soup) – 304 NOK/4 pax (9.2€/pax)

DAY 5: Bergen to Sandnes (24th May 2015)
Transports (ferries):
Arsvagen – Mortavika: 247 NOK (30€/car + 3 adults)
Halhjem – Sandvikvag: 396 NOK (48€/car + 3 adults)

Accommodation:
Hotel Sverre (Sandnes) – 1030 NOK/4 pax (31.2€/pax) breakfast included

Restaurant:
Gillian Grill Sandnes (fish soup + fish and fries) – 566 NOK/4 pax (12€/pax)

DAY 6: Hike to Preikestolen (25th May 2015)
Transports (ferries):
Lauvvik – Oanes: 157 NOK (19€/car + 3 adults)
Tau – Stavanger: 295 NOK (35.8€/car + 3 adults)

Transport and Accommodation:
Train Stavanger to Oslo – 1398 NOK/compartment 2 pax (164€/pax)

Restaurant:
Far East Take Away (Stavanger) – 495 NOK/4 pax (15€/pax)

DAY 7: Oslo – Beauvais – Home (26th May 2015)
Transports:
Oslo Bus Terminal to Oslo Rygge Airport (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
Flight Oslo Rygge to Paris Beauvais (Ryanair): 16.92€
Flight Paris Beauvais to Oporto (Ryanair): 22.84€

Restaurant:
itto sushi (Beauvais) – 15€/pax

Contrary to the previous day, in the morning of the 23rd May 2015 the sky was blue and the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day!

We left Gaustatoppen Hostel, stopped a few minutes later to take some pictures on the snow, with Gaustatoppen Summit at our back, and then we realized that MG’s cap was missing. We had to drive back to the hostel, where we had forgotten her cap.

Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen

Meanwhile, just before we left the hostel, for the second time, the clouds that were hiding Gaustatoppen peak had finally moved away from there! We had been waiting for that moment since the day before, when we arrived at the hostel.

We were back to the road. Bergen was the final destination of that day, but we had planned several stops along the way. The first and not planed stop was at the entrance of a tunnel that was under repair.

We stopped on a mountain that was covered with snow. We left the car, took some pictures and played with the snow. The snow was so white and so fluffy! I had never touched snow like that. For the first time, I built a snowman! Well, I only had a few minutes to do it, so the result was not very good. The cars in front of us were already starting to move into the tunnel when I took a picture of my snowman and run to enter the car.

Rauland

Rauland

In less than 20 minutes, we were in Rauland. We parked the car next to a local grocery store named Coop Marked, then we had lunch on a picnic table placed in front of the supermarket and, at last, we went shopping.

Rauland is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. The scenery was beautiful! The mountains were white from the snow; at lower altitudes, the vegetation, which was starting to grow, gave a green coloration to the landscape and the houses added some reddish color.

We reached Odda Valley about 30 minutes after we had left Rauland. Odda Valley, located between two mountain plateaus – Hardangervidda and Folgefonna, is mainly known by its numerous waterfalls whose water comes from the melting snow. Tjørnadalsfoss, Strandfoss, Vidfoss, Espelandsfoss and Låtefoss waterfalls are the most fantastic ones.

 Låtefoss waterfall

Låtefoss waterfall

We parked the car in a small parking lot in front of Låtefoss waterfall and then we admired the mother lode of waterfalls in Oddadalen. Låtefoss waterfall is a spectacular and unique waterfall, since it consist of two separate streams that, as they fall, join together and flow as one under the wonderful six-arched bridge along Route 13.

A few kilometers ahead, we passed by Vidfoss waterfall, which is recognizable by its characteristic shape.

In Jondal, we needed to take the ferry to Tørvikbygd. Unfortunately, we arrived in Jondal about 10 minutes after the ferry had departed. So, we had to wait almost one hour for the next one.

 Steinsdalsfossen waterfall

Steinsdalsfossen waterfall

Before we went into the ferry, two men approached every vehicle in order to sell the tickets for the ferry.
Our first ferry crossing, which was made in a small ferry, was a short one. It took only about 15 minutes.

About 15 minutes after we had left the ferry, we were in the parking lot near the famous Steinsdalsfossen waterfall. This waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in Norway. And why is that? Steinsdalsfossen waterfall has a path under it that allows visitors to walk under the waterfall without getting wet.

We spent some time in there, enjoying the waterfall and the view from the waterfall, which is fantastic! We also visited the gift shop located near Steinsdalsfossen waterfall. It was in that shop that we heard someone speaking in portuguese! But is was portuguese of Brazil.

View from Steinsdalsfossen

View from Steinsdalsfossen

It was about 19:00 when we arrived in Bergen, known as the city of the Seven Mountains.
We checked in Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge and then we went to Bryggen Tracteursted restaurant to have dinner.
We were told by the waitress to order two Norwegian Tapas from the Snack Menu for each one of us. It was what we did. We ordered fish soup for everyone and 4 more tapas – one of herring, one of smoked meat, one of whale and something made of codfish. Everything was delicious, but the portions weren’t exactly what we were expecting, they were really small! Besides, the fish soup was quite different from the one described by JB, who had already been in Norway several years ago.

We decided to look for another place to have a second dinner, otherwise we would be very hungry. It was not easy, but after a while, we found a place that serves good fish soup and at a good price. It’s Anne Madam restaurant.

IMG_1854Unfortunately, we didn’t have too much time to visit Bergen. However, we visited one of the most beautiful areas of the city, if not the most beautiful one. I’m talking about the oldest part of Bergen – Bryggen (which is the Norwegian word for wharf). With its traditional wooden buildings, Briggen perpetuates the memory of one of the oldest trading port of Northern Europe and the only overseas Hanseatic Office preserved today.

Briggen

Briggen

In 1360, the German Hanseatic League set up one of its offices at Briggen, controlling trade into and from Bergen for almost 400 years. The office ended in 1754, when the properties were transferred to Norwegian citizens.
Over the centuries, Briggen has been ravaged by many fires, being the fires of 1476, 1702 and of 1955 the most devastating ones. Nevertheless, Briggen retains a medieval appearance owing to the fact that it was always rebuilt in accordance with the original plan following the old patterns and methods. Today, there are about 60 buildings that have these characteristics.
In 1979, Bryggen was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There’s much to see and to do in Bryggen. There are museums, restaurants, shops, the fish market, the fortress…
It’s very nice to stroll along the narrow alleyways, between the colorful wooden houses.

Once again we went to bed at about midnight. Having sunlight till so late gives us the feeling that it is 22 o’clock when it’s already midnight.

Only then we remembered that next day it was Sunday, thus every supermarket would be closed… Where would we get provisions?

Gallery

Waterfalls

Jondal to Tørvikbygd

Bergen

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