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busy and lively place, i visited the historic Hanseatic Quarter (Bryggen) where most buildings are all wood.,in lovely colours.
I also took the Funicular railway up to Mount Floyen for the great views, takes 7 minutes. Bergen is the starting point of the Hurtigruten Coastal Ferry
for its journey northbound to near the Russian border, right at the top of Norway. --- Bergenhus castle is just past the Bryggen,is from the 1240s.--I took a train to Myadal to catch the train to Flam,this is an amazing trip to Flam. The trains stops halfway to view the huge waterfall.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TRONDHEIM is a medieval city with the Nidaros Cathedral, Norways largest dedicated to St. Olaf, the patron saint of Norway. Trondheim is well served by train. Trondheim has good shops.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------BODO --This is as far has the train from the south goes. (There is a line from Narvik into Sweden that does not connect with the south of Norway ) Travel north from Bodo is by Air , Bus, or Ferry.Bodo was badly bombed in WW2 so most is newish. Bodo has a Airport. I left Bodo by Ferry to the north to Tromso, taking 24 hours. The ferry passes the Lofoten Islands, these islands are an archipelago that has been inhabitated since Viking times.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TROMSO . I arrived in Tromso in the month of May, I arrived on the Hurtigruten ferry.,just 200 yards from my hotel. On the road from the ferry i passed the Tourist Office. Tromso is a good place to see the northern lights between October and March.I found hotels in Norway on the expensive side.--- Tromso is a city in Troms County northern Norway.350km ( 217 miles) inside the Arctic Circle. Over on the spectacular Tromso Bridge , which crosses the Tromsoysundet Strait, is the Arctic Cathedral ,and the Cable Car up the Floya mountain, i took the bus over the bridge. The Tromso bridge is 1046 m long, as 58 spans,and was opened 1960.--In May it is still light gone Midnight..--------------------------------------------------------------NARVIK. I arrived by bus from Tromso ,at Narvik bus station. Narvik is a icefree port, and was important to both sides in WW2.
There is an interesting War Museum. Narvik is 220km (140 miles) inside the Arctic Circle. Narvic is 2407 km from the North Pole.--Norway is not cheap, so if you want to give up beer ,start here, a pint is over £8.norway2012_020.jpgnorway2012_015.jpgnorway2012_008.jpgnorway2012_007.jpgnorway2012_004.jpgnorway_2012_064.jpgnorway_2012_095.jpgnorway_2012_102.jpgnorway_2012_109.jpgnorway_2012_119.jpgnorway_2012_122.jpgnorway_2012_137.jpgnorway_2012_160.jpgnorway_2012_170.jpgnorway_2012_183.jpgnorway_2012_206.jpgnorway_2012_208.jpgnorway_2012_230.jpg

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