Norway In a Nutshell Part-2

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After the beautiful Flam Scenic train journey, our next stop was Sogndal, a beautiful village on the Sognefjorden. The next leg of our Journey was via Bus, this journey was different as we passed through many tunnels and beautiful landscape. This journey included a ferry drop of bus been dropped into other shore as well,with beautiful golden sunlight shining across the fjords.

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Scenic Flam Bus Stop
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We look from the Bus into the beautiful Sunlight shining across the Fjord waters as our bus was transported from one end of the fjord to another end during our journey enroute to Sogndal

Sogndal

When we reached Sogndal we were left awestruck at the beautiful Loft stay which we booked from Airbnb. The view of Sognefjorden just below our legs had left us awestuck in natural beauty. We really loved every moment of our stay in the loft and this was one of our best memories from the memorable trip. Host of our stay Gry was very hospitable and had even taken us around on a drive to Urnes, she was really very responsive during our stay at her place.

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View from the Loft stay Ground Floor
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We could walk in and sit on the woods dipping our leg in chilly fjord waters.
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Loft we stayed on the banks of Fjord
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Kings View!
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Loft stay and the view from windows of our stay were spectacular.
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View of Fjords around 8pm, when the sun was setting down.

Sogndal is a very beautiful village which can be explored by walking or cycling and we had explored the beautiful village by walking across the village. We were extremely lucky to even kayak on this Fjord waters for free. Thanks to our Host who had helped us in kayaking using her kayak and safety vests. It was one of the best experiences during out trip as "Kayak on the King of Fjords".

During our Stay in Sogndal we decided to visit another beautiful Village nearby known as Balestrand. So there is an another complete blog of mine on our Visit to this beautiful village "Exquisite Balestrand".

Balestrand

This was a single day trip planned by us to enjoy an adventurous RIB ride on the Norwegian Fjords and it was an amazing experience. As we fell in love with RIB ride a lot, Balestrand Adventures our RIB ride organizers had given us an amazing experience.

We had taken the Norled Ferry Ship journey to cruise across to Balestrand and the magical landscape during this short trip was spectacular.

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Waterfall stop during our RIB ride
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Our Rib Board Ride with Lars and his Kid.
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"Narrow Fjords!! "Nærøyfjord"
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Interior of Beautiful St Olaf Church at Balestrand
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Historic Wooden church
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Balestrand Village
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Norled Ferry from Balestrand to Sogndal
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Our starting point of RIB ride
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Ornes

Our Next destination was decided instantly with no thinking and not a planned destination in our Trip. To say this turned out to be one of the amazing things from the trip. We had got a ride from our Host to Ferry stop and we had to take a short 20 min trip ferry to the other side of the Fjord to reach magical Ornes.

After a small hike in Ornes we witnessed a beautiful Urnes Stave church and a mesmerizing landscape all around us.

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Green Waters of Fjord with colorful Lofts on the bank at Solvorn
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Amazing Ornes!!
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We hiked along this high steep pathways to reach the beautiful church
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Views during our Hike
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Apple Farms all around us
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12th Century Historic Urnes Stave Church

Bergen

Post our great stay at Sogndal we decide to hit the last destination during our Norwegian Western Fjord Adventure to reach Bergen using Norled Ferry again.The ride is very scenic and lot of landscapes through out our 3 hour journey was spectacular. We had some chilly rainfalls along the way while heading to one of the most rainiest destinations on planet Earth.

Bergen is a beautiful place with Mountains and beautiful views around. It was really a great sight to watch the colorful Bryggen Wharf and walk in the colorful streets. The best experience in Bergen was the Funicular train ride, it is one of the best train rides to experienced with brilliant views of city as we reach the Mount Floyen top.

One thing to be aware while traveling to Bergen is expect it to rain always and have cold winds blowing across, but this city is too active even in this harsh climate as citizens are very active cycling, running keeping themselves active.

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Bergen Aquarium. " Deserves an one time visit, it has some unique collection of sea animals"
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Directions of Major Cities to be visited from Bergen with the distance. Disappointing moment is finding out no Indian cities in the directions
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View of Bergen City from Top of Mount Floyen
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Happy Feets after getting into the front seat of Funicular train as we descend down the slopes with amazing view
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Display of Seafood option in one of the food stalls in Bergen Fish Market. Cozy place to enjoy good seafood
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Finger Chips our favorite in Bergen fish market
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Salmon Burger. Tasted Salmon, not a big fan of it.
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Raspberry Flavored Icecream, one of the most amazing icecream flavors tasted so far.
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Floibanen Funicular Ride
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View of Colorful Bryggen Wharf and the ship dock from our AirBnB stay
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Colorful Bryggen Wharf. "Walk around the colorful historic buildings to fall in love with this place"

With this we concluded our beautiful Trip of exploration of our Fjord Journeys in Norway. I would like to conclude with Few tips to save cash or go cheap in Norway.

Tips & Tricks to Cut Short Expenses:

Buy City Passes

Major way to get discounts/ free entries to major tourist spots, cruises, restaurants etc buy the city passes and avail it.

Use Student Discount

What makes Norway one of the best places to visit is student discount, produce your student ID card from any Country and avail great discounts even on the City Passes.

Lot of Free Entry Spots

There are lot of parks and spots one can enter for free to explore. Visit them and spend some good time.

Go Digital and Online

Norway is a place if you book tickets from App or Website you get good discounts. If you book a Airport Bus by paying cash you would pay extra cash compared to paying online.

Go Digital as all places except card, don't worry about taking cash. Even Local Buses allow you to swipe card for few NOK's journey.

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