We sailed up Oslo Fjord on a Saturday morning and were surprised, and delighted, to see that we were sailing through a regatta. There were sailboats in every direction, as far as the eye could see.
This is a look down at the architecture of Bergen's old wharf buildings built 900 years ago when Bergen was one of the principal seaports of the Hanseatic League are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is a Norwegian traffic jam. Those warm Scandinavian sweaters have to come from somewhere.
This is the Hanseatic wharf of the Bergen harbor. Sadly, the old buildings on the other side of the harbor were destroyed when a German ship containing a lot of ammunition exploded in the harbor, where it was not supposed be docked. If you look very closely, you will see the tips of a roof that peaks above the old waterfront buildings on the left side of this photo. That is the modern Raddison hotel where we stayed. Some of the banquet rooms were in the upper floors of the old waterfront buildings. Thank goodness they did not build a taller, modern building.
My husband took this photo of me gazing at a frozen mountain lake during a blizzard -- in June! We had lunch nearby at a lodge that is used for summer ski training, high in the mountains.
The fjord country of Norway is a kaleidoscope of green meadows and forests and blue sky and lakes.
The lakes and countryside of Norway are clean and refreshing. It was cloudy most of the time we were there. (The scenery does not get this green without rain.) But we had a sunny day of blue skies before we left, thank goodness. It is tough to plan a trip in places that get rain. You want to travel to a see a lot of different places, but also to leave enough time to enjoy places even if there is a day of cloudy, rainy weather.