In Norway we rode trains, metros, buses, ferries... you name it, we were on it! lol! Coordinating transportation in Norway was initially a bit intimidating but once I got started it was super easy. Every day we were on the go with our suitcases trailing behind us. The Norwegian public transportation is fabulous! Everything is so clean & it runs so smoothly. It was a great experience.
On our 2nd day in Norway we boarded a super comfy train to Bergen with a family compartment where children can relax, play, and watch cartoons. It was perfect.
Hey, there's our train! We were just beginning our adventure.
The ride to Bergen is supposed to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. And believe me it was. The landscape changed dramatically throughout the five hours. We went from this... gorgeous farmland
to this... beautiful mountain and lakes
followed by this... we're getting a little more rustic now. Love that little house in the middle of nowhere! Couldn't imagine living there for more than a few weeks though.
And then we saw snow capped mountains...
Several families with camping gear & backpacks got out in Finse. The landscape was a bit bleak but the outdoor activities... glacier hiking, biking, and trekking looked super cool.
As we approached Mrydal it became sunny & lush again. Once at Myrdal, we boarded the Flåmbana railway. Although it's incredibly touristy the train ride does goes through some of Norway's most breath-taking scenery. Over the 20km long train ride you'll see lush moutains, rivers, and gorgeous waterfalls. The Flåm railway is one of the world's steepest railway lines and the twisting tunnels spiral in & out of the mountain. Unfortunately, when we boarded the train we sat near a window that didn't open so my photos would have come out really hazy so instead I sat back and enjoyed the ride.
The train ride did make one stop at this beautiful waterfall. While we admired the beauty they began playing traditional Norwegian music and a few blonde women started dancing. It was a bit cheesy but it captured C's attention.
The train ride ended in the town of Flåm. After we checked into our apartment we went outside and explored the area. In Flåm you can admire the Aurlandfjord, a section of Sognefjord, the world's largest fjord. I can't begin to explain how immense the fjords are. Being in Flåm felt like being nestled in a tiny little corner of all this natural beauty with these majestic fjords surrounding you. It was spectacular.
But unfortunately there was this gigantic cruise ship docked at the port.
Ugh! I'm sorry I really dislike these monster size cruise ships. They completely ruin the scenery and overflood the town with so many tourists. Luckily, the ship left the port soon after we arrived. But the next morning there was another ship to replace it. ;(
We spent the rest of the evening walking around the small town and doing a little shopping.