From Copenhagen, I took the overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway to take the 'Norway in a Nutshell'
tour up into the Norwegian fjords and wilderness.
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The view into Oslo fjord in the morning from the top of the cruise ship.


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Norwegians don't see it as a problem to live in remote parts of the country.


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A little chilly on deck on the way into Oslo.


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The city of Oslo from the water. This isn't the most beautiful shot of the city, but it's what
I saw on the way into town.


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The cruise ship I rode in on.


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From the dock, I headed into town to get supplies and to catch the train inland for the
Norway in a Nutshell tour. I found this tube of bacon flavoured mayo and thought of Nati's
sister Donni, who enjoys bacon quite a lot.


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The train from Oslo headed overland into the interior. This is a small town north of Oslo
and the sign is from a brewery that I'm not sure I'd consider well-named.


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I took quite a number of pictures from the train.


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View from the train.


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Well-shaped hillside in central Norway.


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Another glimpse of some remote homes in Norway, taken from the train.


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A rainbow on the hillside in central Norway. This was one of the highest points of the train to
Bergen, reaching 1222 meters near Finse. Finse is where the Ice planet Hoth in
The Empire Strikes Back was filmed. For more information about this part of the world,
check out Finse's spot on the web at Finse's website.


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At Myrdal, I got off the Bergen train, and boarded the Flåmsbana, heading to Flåm, at the bottom of
the Aurlandsfjord. This railway is an amazing train journey winding its way down from 866 m to 2 m
at the town of Flåm. This picture is from the Kjos Waterfall.


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Me, in front of Kjos Falls. According to Norwegian legend, a temptress lives behind the falls
and tries to lure men to the rocks with her singing. My buddy Erik Olson would call this woman a scorpion.


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On the left side of Kjos Falls is Kjosfossen Falls with a free fall of 93 m.


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The railway winds down the walls of the mountainside, having almost 80% of the track with a
gradient of 5.5%, the equivalent of 1:18. The adhesion-type track travels almost 20 km
down to the fjord, traveling through 20 tunnels with a tunnel distance of 6 km. In some cases
the railway was forced to traverse the river multiple times in order to avoid the most avalanche-prone
sections of the area. Rather than building bridges across the river, in some places, the river was
led through a tunnel under the railway line. In this picture, you can see the hiking/biking trail
criss-crossing its way down the mountainside. More information on the railway HERE .


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Waterfalls are everywhere along this train ride.


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Idyllic town called Lunden, at almost the bottom of the fjord.


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The Aurlandsfjord is the end of the Flåm railway, at the town of Flåm.


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A great shot of the Aurlandsfjord. This fjord feeds into the Sognefjord, Norway's longest (120 miles)
and deepest (1 mile in places) fjord.


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It was a little chilly along the water, as I walked towards the town of Aurland.


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The view from the water's edge.


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Trolls seem to be everywhere in Norway. They are small creatures with four fingers and toes on each
limb, bushy tails, and crooked noses. Learn more about the history of trolls HERE .


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The head wall of the fjord, above the town of Flåm.


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Flåm, from the water onboard the ferry to Gudvangen.


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Yes, I know I look like a dork, but it was really cold that morning.


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The town of Aurland, from the Aurlandsfjord.

Short video of the view in the fjord VIDEO CLIP .


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One of the walls of the fjord. It's too bad the rock wasn't higher quality since the terrain is pretty sweet.


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Just an absolutely gorgeous morning in the fjord.


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Me, in the fjord.


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From the Aurlandsfjord, the ferry moved into the Nærøyfjord towards Gudvangen. Check
out the steepness of the walls. The Nærøyfjord obviously gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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I got one of the other tourists to take a picture of me.


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As we floated into Gudvangen, the water got surreally calm.

I thought this was pretty awesome. As we pulled into Gudvangen, the ferry turned on
some music to inspire awe. Rotate your screen for this one. VIDEO CLIP


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A cool poster found in the tourist shop in Gudvangen, Norway. I like the "Don't promise what you can't keep".
I think I'm going to start calling some of my sales guys bad Vikings.


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A crushing waterfall on the old road to Stalheim.


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Small farm on the way up the steepest road I've ever taken a bus on.


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A panoramic vista from the Stalheim Hotel, a gorgeous property above the town of Gudvangen, on the
bus ride to Voss.

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