Vandaag ben ik aan de beurt om een dagboek bij te houden voor Visit Norway. Ieder van ons moet verslag doen over 2 dagen. Aangezien ik dit in het Engels moet afgeven en we echt weinig tijd hebben om ons verhaal te schrijven, zal ik vandaag mijn blog in het Engels schrijven….
This morning we woke up at this beautiful resort in Norefjell where we stayed the night before. When we had packed our luagage we went back to the main cabin, where the chef prepared this amazing breakfast for us. Scrambled eggs, saucages, bacon, fruits, cheeses, fresh bread…everything was there! After this wonderfull breakfast we left Norefjell with our touring car to drive back to the mainroad no 7 towards Bergen. A lot of frozen lakes and great views to explore on our way.
On our way we pass this village Gol, where we are turning on to the road 52, which goes all the way through the Hemsedal. The mountains become higher and higher and the views are therefore becoming even greater and greater. Within this area are some of the highest mountains of Norway!
After a few short tunnels we come into the area of Laerdal, where we are going to the largest tunnel of North Europe! The Laerdaltunnel is almoust 25 km long!
Just coming out of the tunnel we arrive very quickly in Flam, where we had lunch in this nice beer brewery! The owner explaned us how he started up this Ægir Brewery in 2007. In a short time they had received national and international press and awards. They were named “Brewpub of the year” in 2008 and 2009 for all of Norway!
We are very lucky that we may try 5 handcraftmade beers; Bøyla Blonde Ale, 4.7%, Ægir India Pale Ale, 6.5%, Rallar Amber Ale, 4.7%, Sumbel Porter, 4,7% and Natt Imperial Porter (10%) together with this nice sandwich with pork meat. Lovely!
After lunch we have some time left to go to see the Flamsbanen, the wellknown train which departs from Flam into the mountains. But we have to get on the boat which is leaving Flam and heading to Gudvangen. This boattrip is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204 kilometres long and up to 1308 metres deep Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, this is a real paradise and great experience!
On our way we have some tasting of different cheeses. White cheeses, but also the famous Nordic brown goat cheese! It tastes very creamy, soft and sweet. A very special taste as I didn’t discover anywhere else so far.
When we are back on the boat, the fjord is getting more narrow and the walls are getting more steep. Also it seams to become colder, and we can see that also on the ice which is floating on top of the water. And then….we see this lonely seal in the water! What an exciting moment!
We are looking how the boat crashes into the ice and is finding his way to the docks again. In Gudvangen we go back on land where we get on back on the bus again, which brings us all the way to Voss, where we are so lucky to stay on the Fleischer’s Hotel. This hotel was built back in 1889 and is built in Swiss style.
After a brake to refresh ourselves and a coffee or wine in the lounge, we had this great diner in the restaurant….again… day after day…we are so spoiled! We love Norway, we love the people who are really so kind! And we like the nature, the sceneries and every second of this once in a lifetime experience!