Category Archives: International

The Coastal Path in Norway – The Stavanger to Tau Ferry

One of the principal tourist destinations in southern Norway is Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock.  Described by Lonely Planet as “One of the world’s most breathtaking viewing platforms”, it is located just over 15 miles due east of Stavanger, on the … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Coastal Path in Bergen – Mount Ulriken

Mount Ulriken is about 2½ miles southeast of the centre of Bergen.  It is a popular destination and can be reached by a rather snazzy-looking bus which leaves regularly from the fish market in the city centre. The bus drops … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Sorry Story of Fantoft Stave Church

One of the “must see” sights of Norway is a stave church.  Sited all over Central and Southern Norway, they are timber structures that date back to Medieval times.  They are noted for their steep, multi-layered roofs.  Their name comes … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Viking Within

When we were walking in the Mount Floyen woodland we came across a small lake, Skomakerdiket.  Two girls stood by the shore, next to some canoes and a string of life jackets. “Would you like to have a canoe and … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Coastal Path in Bergen – Walking Up Mount Floyen

Mount Floyen stands just behind Bergen and is a relatively straight forward walk from the city centre.  The funicular railway runs regularly – you can see it snaking up the hillside. The walk to the funicular leads through some particularly … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Coastal Path in Bergen – Tall Ships and Busy Bryggen

We knew there was some sort of tall ship festival which coincided with our time in Bergen, but we didn’t realise how very busy it would be.  From afar, it all looked quite pretty. There were some magnificently beautiful ships … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Coastal Path in Voss – The Shores of Lake Vangsvatnet

The shores of Lake Vangsvatnet allow you to indulge in a slower pace of life… …or, just yards away, something a little faster. I would have liked to have given both a go, but our time in Voss had come … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Coastal Path in Voss – Bordalsgjelet Gorge

To the southeast of Lake Vangsvatnet stands the dramatic Bordalsgjelet Gorge. From the town, the walk over is a pleasant stroll around the edge of the lake… …then through the wooded Prestegardsmoen, and over the River Vosso. A short walk later, after … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Norway in a Nutshell – Stalheimskleiva

They say that if you ascend too quickly you get the bends.  They weren’t kidding – as our coach climbed out of Gudvangen it got very bendy indeed.  Just look at my GPS! The final stage of our Norway in a Nutshell … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Norway in a Nutshell – The Fjords

The fjords.  Wow.  We crowded onto the top deck and lined the sides, jostling for the best photo positions.  Amidst all this wide open space and the expansive vistas I felt as if we were a herd of cattle being … Continue reading

Posted in Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments