Getting to Flåm

73 thoughts on “Getting to Flåm”

  1. You had me laughing out loud, Dippy! 😀 I’ll watch the behaviour of the Norwegian drivers around 6. Are they stark raving hungry mad?? 😉 Wonderful photos once again, thanks for sharing! x

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    1. Stark raving hungry mad. You nailed it. I am positive that a button is pressed somewhere 😉 After 6. It was mystifying. You are Norwegian too so you could shed light on it for this ignoramus xx

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    1. Mary, thank you 🙂 That makes the heart smile. Do you think it can smile? I wonder why I say that often. I have been working on one and it is a slow process mingled with self-doubt and criticism. I do not know if it will see the light of day though xx

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    1. Hey Abby, isn’t it? But that sign is effective. It makes you think of the thin line which divides this world and the unknown one. It is gorgeous – this part of the world – and I hope that you get to go there one day xx

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    1. And you should Miriam. These scenes are worth the effort. I am so sorry that your comment landed in my spam folder! I find it annoying that it does so and I check it so irregularly. I have to remember to keep going daily now it seems :-/

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      1. It’s perfectly fine. Now you remind me to check my spam folder. One time I didn’t check for a whole week and got 12 pending and a couple dozen spam. I hopped over just now, I have 7 in spam!

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  2. Last night HB2 and I sat wondering about whether we will travel much when he retires. He has travelled SO extensively in his life and I have done a little but mostly living in places rather than visiting as a tourist. And we concluded that there are a few places that we must go and Norway was top of the list (along with Iceland) … and then there you are with another beautiful post. And having lived in France and Italy and Boston I will be interested to see where the drivers sit on the madness Richter scale. Xx

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    1. Madness Richter Scale. I believe you have just coined a term. Is HB2 a code name for your husband? 🙂 I know what you mean because most places I have visited is thanks to Adi’s work. It allowed us to stay and live like locals in a few countries. At times it was annoying because the comforts of home were still a flight away and I hate eating food outside all the time. Right now I cannot wait to be in my own kitchen in a few days. I digress as usual but the travels we did on our own were better because Adi too got a chance to see places with me. And by seeing, I mean really exploring the nooks and crannies of a place. Like the Scandinavian ones. We are yet to go to Iceland and it is high on our list too. Norway is one of my soul countries. The way of living is just so easy to relate to. Do you have a soul country? xx

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      1. HB2 is indeed my husband. I call him The Husband with Two Brains and HB2 is my Chemical formula for that 😉 You have exactly the same attitude as me to being in a country and I absolutely relate to your need to be in your own kitchen … what a celebration that will be in a few days! As to my soul countries … France and Italy with out hesitation. I lived in Rome for a spell when I was in my twenties and absolutely loved it. Fortunately I love France just as much since that has always been the place my husband wanted to return to (he lived here for 9 years throughout the 1980s) when he retires. I enjoyed New England very much and I think I could make Vermont my home but in general it didn’t strike that deep chord of content and just fitting as soul countries (I love this expression) do xx

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      2. Thanks Osyth, I love the idea of soul countries just because I cannot envisage living in every country and making it my own. England was easy to fall for and I can foresee France and Italy fitting in easily too. To live in Rome in your 20s. Ah the romance of that! You have ‘lived’ it up then 🙂 I am happy you are in indeed in your soul country right now. Makes life a rum prospect.

        HB2 sounds ‘two brainy’ indeed. I would quail opening my mouth – and revealing the floppy bits that stick out of my poor little one – in front of him.

        Here’s to creating that deep chord of content with a cuppa tea xx

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  3. Heyyyyy did u go off to another holiday after cornwall? Aaaarghhhhh…I am bursting with jealousy! Such a paradise man! Seems to be just my kind of a trip. Stunning pics and wonderful post as usual! xx ( I am mad jealous, mind u lol)

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    1. Hey Mallika, this post is part of a backlog of my various trips. The Norwegian trip was in August last year. After Cornwall, we could fit in just one Yorkshire holiday which I am yet to post about. Haha thanks but you are in loverly Ireland which is full of gorgeous possibilities and just a hop, skip and jump away from any lovely European destination 😉

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      1. I see!? well, it looks stunning! I forwarded the link to hubby and put this place on our bucket list! When we lived in the UK, we traveled and explored sooo muchh! Sadly, in Ireland weather is even more unpredictable than uk so last year, hardly any short breaks. Rain is a huge factor! No big holiday either as we wanted to travel to India. Now that summer is here, looking frwd to exploring Ireland more and maybe a nice holiday abroad in august-sep! This post makes me want to put on travelling boots so bad! ? x

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      2. That is a noble thought. If you want to put on those boots, surely they are waiting to be put on, Mallika. Once you start seeing the stunning landscapes around Ireland, your summer will surely look up. Here’s to planning and plotting till then. The process is half the fun 🙂 xx

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  4. Brilliant photos! But I have to admit, your description of the pre-dawn trips to airports (and train stations) to take advantage of reduced fares brought back memories. Still a bit groggy from a trip to Transylvania several months ago that began with a midnight boarding of a cramped train car. Your train travel was obviously more picturesque than ours…
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous getaway with us!

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    1. Thank you Gabe. Transylvania and midnight train trips…why it sounds full of delicious possibilities. We did not get to board a train – which is why I do have it on our list of future Norwegian trips.

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      1. wow-guess I AM still groggy;) I missed that you weren’t able to take the 12 mile train ride on this trip… I’m almost as embarrassed by my oversight as I am excited to read about your next trip when these images get added to the collection.

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  5. Always a dream of mine to visit the Fjords! Perhaps one day. Gorgeous photos! Are the waterways really that green? Amazing color – looks like melted emeralds. Thanks for sharing – Sigh! – Neek

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      1. Amen! Driving is essential there, I believe. I am going to polish up my skills soon so that I can help my husband on those roads though I do not know how eager he would be -to allow being driven into a fjord 🙂

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  7. I think you and I would have been in Norway roughly at the same time. Summer 2016 and in the same areas! Funny coincidence that I only found this post now that I am looking at your older Norwegian posts. How come you couldn’t take the railway down to Flåm after you went to the top? I took that train in 2004 and it was so crowded I opted to stand in the vestibule so I could get to a window to see the view. These photos make me swoon. And well done getting to Pulpit rock. I am past the point of being able to manage that climb now.

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    1. I am so delighted that you brought them back to my attention. I am going to read them all over again and time travel for a while. It was one of my favourite travels. What a coincidence that we were wandering around the same area!

      I wonder if we passed each other like sailing ships, never realising it.

      We did not take the train because we were out terribly late. Also, we were knackered. We were on one of those ghastly early morning flights to Norway from the UK. The day had stretched itself too long – like elastic.

      Trolltunga is still on my list as is the train.

      Thank you Amanda, the photos make me wistful. As for Pulpit Rock, it remains just the most wonderful dream. Funny, it was just the other day it seems. Time likes to travel way too fast! xx

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      1. It feels like a few months ago that I was wandering around Norway. I have a Danish friend whose very fit and agile 19 year old son did the Trolltunga trek with his strong mate. They made it – over 8 hours it took them and they mentioned it was the hardest thing they had ever done! I hope they had time to enjoy it for a while before heading back!?

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      2. I am green with envy at this lithe young boy hopping up to Trolltunga. I am sure he jumped at the end of the troll’s tongue – which I might not have the heart to try.

        I cannot wait to do this hike. Diffcult climbs get me going. I was most upset and moaned a fair bit when our plans fell foul of the weather.

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      3. Exhausted — I would say! The weather is unpredictable but I like the spirit of the Norwegians when they say you dress for it. We were almost going to cancel our trip to Stavanger. But the woman at the hotel reception changed our minds. And I am glad
        we did. xx

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