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Of Rainbows and Waterfalls...

sunny 20 °C

Every weather forecast told a different story as we planned our boat trip to the Hardanger, Sor and Eid fjords until we decided that we might be in Bergen until next June if we waited for a sunny day. So, with raingear and umbrellas, we set off to make rainbows from the raindrops...
When the skies are grey
and the sun doesn't shine
When dark clouds scud
and wild winds whip the brine
All you need is a rainbow or two to brighten your day...

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All was not gloom. Three storms in as many days might have dampened our spirits, but it sent water cascading out of the mountains in a myriad of spectacular waterfalls. They cut silvery slashes through the forests and threatened to wash overboard the tiny villages of whitewashed wooden houses that cling precariously to the edge...
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It's only September, but snow is already blanketing the mountain tops and we caught glimpses through the clouds from time to time as we sailed deeper into the fjords...
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Every turn of the ship's wheel brought a different view, but the relentless rain washed out the colours and kept us inboard until we spotted a huddle of ancient huts that were weathering alongside birch trees in their autumnal mantles...
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And so, our fjord days are over and the pretty city of Bergen, and its persistent rain, was behind us as we travelled eastwards on the train to Oslo.
We have been bowled over by the helpfulness and friendliness of every Norwegian we have met so far and Christine made instant friends with this little chap on the train...
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Blue skies were on the horizon as we climbed higher into the mountains on Norway's scenic railway from Bergen to Oslo...
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The alpine railway took us alongside the swollen rivers that were dashing headlong to the fjords and out into the North Sea...
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The seven hour train ride from Bergen to Oslo took us through a picturesque gallery of landscape art rivalling any created by the great masters. Fjords, rivers, lakes and waterfalls streamed past us in a constant flow, while mountains, forests and picture-perfect villages flashed by like alpine postcards as we slipped from tunnel to tunnel, climbing higher and higher until the snow began to fall as we neared Myrdal...
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And then we carried on upwards until we skimmed the very edge of winter at Finse...
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It's all downhill from Finse to Oslo but the skies cleared and there is sunshine in our future. However, we are not done with the storm-laden North Sea quite yet. We are just taking a respite as we head eastwards to Oslo and then to Sweden and the Baltic before slipping south to the westerly coast of Denmark.

Posted by Hawkson 12:23 Archived in Norway

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Stunning images. Well worth braving choppy seas and rainy weather. So beautiful. Enjoyed them a lot.

by Sue Fitzwilson

I shiver looking at that last picture. Don't envy anyone living in such a desolate place. No protection from the wind. My favourites are those water scenes with glassy surfaces.
Looking forward to your restaurant experiences in Oslo (and the prices).

by R and B

Stunning scenery, despite (because of!) the weather!!
Nice to see Christine with the little dog!

by Alison Fitzgerald

Love the idea of train travelling.

by Janet Vickers

The scenery looks stunning. I hope Mummy gave the dog back.. x

by Victoria Gaunt

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