Monday, September 25, 2017

So...


Odds and ends from our trip:

Of course, the high point were the fjords in Norway.

From the boat tour:






From the train:






From the railway website:  http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/flamsbana-flam-railway




And because I can't help myself, I take photos of weird signs. This sign in the bathroom on the boat we took through the fjords was only in English, so apparently English-speaking people have been behaving badly. They should stop.



Photos don't do justice to the fjords, so I'll stop, but these were formed by glaciers millions and millions of years ago, and the water in this area is deeper than 1,000 feet. I can't even imagine what this must have looked like millions and millions of years ago, before the glaciers completely melted. There are only a few left in this area, just small areas on the tops of some of the mountains.

If any countries need tunnels, they should contact the powers-that-be in Norway, because they are champs at building tunnels. We went through dozens of them while travelling around, but this is my favorite. It is the longest tunnel in the world at about 15 miles long, has air filtrations systems, and these sections of blue that are supposed to simulate daylight driving, but I thought they looked like driving through a glacier (I hear they are blue).


video

Nobel had to invent dynamite! It became the best way to tunnel through the mountains in Norway, and driving was an efficient way to deliver goods (and now tourists) through the country.

More to come.

4 comments:

Jono said...

The "Norway in a Nutshell" trip is one of my favorites as I have done it several times. It makes me want to live in one of those little villages on the fjords. So far I keep coming home, but maybe someday...

Happy belated birthday!

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Hi Anonymous---I can't find a way to uncheck that feature, but when I've done it on other blogs, I've been able to uncheck it myself by going back to that post and unchecking it. Try that and I'm sorry! But thanks for stopping by. And let me know if that works.

knittergran said...

Jono---Thank you!
I can understand why you have taken this trip more than once---what a spectacularly beautiful place!