Norway Off The Beaten Path

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Norway Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    If you can, take the "Norway in a Nutshell" day trip from Bergen and experience the beauty of the Nordic fjords from the Bergen Railway line and the bloody steep Flam Railway line. Along the way, you'll see beautiful waterfalls like this. I did the trip from the reverse as I travelled from Oslo to Bergen. Click the website for more details on the...

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  • Dalsnuten

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    If you'll have a nice, sunny day in Stavanger and you want to have an half day trip, Dalsnuten may be a good option. You have a lot of ways to go there, by car until Gramstad or by bus from Stavanger to Sandnes (no. 2 or 3) and from Sandnes no. 18 to Dale or Gramstad. From any of those places you'll find nice tracks to the top of the hill. Even if...

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  • Trondheim Folkemuseum

    Trondheim Off The Beaten Path

    The Trøndelag Folk Museum is located on the outskirts of the city, near a forest and it is an open-air exhibition of all the most significative houses and stave churches of Norway, especially from the area. You can see how local architecture changed through the centuries, as well as according to the landscape (fjord, mountains). There are over 60...

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  • Mount Fløien

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    A good trip outside (well, uphill, actually) Bergen is Mount Floyen, which can be reached either on foot or by funicular. it's an excellent viewpoint over the city and a great place to hike the local woods - weather permitting of course (meaning: watch out for the infamous Bergen rain). if the weather isn't good enough for hiking, you can still...

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  • Beaches

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking for an idyllic and peaceful beach, then this is the right place! We adore walking there in every sunny day! The easiest way to get there is to take no 4A or 4B bus to Rosenli (this is the last stop on route) and then walk to the fjord.

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  • Nidarosdomen/St Olav cathedral

    Trondheim Off The Beaten Path

    I don't normally recommend cemetery walks to VTers but the cemetery at Trondheim Cathedral has so many beautiful sculptured grave markers that it merits a visit. Taking a walk in the quiet but green grounds make it a strangely spiritual experience.

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  • Hardanger Vidda

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    Europe’s largest mountain plateau, Hardanger Vidda, is about 2-3 hours drive from Bergen. You can also get there by train. In the winter it is ideal for cross country skiing. In the summer you can hike for days, and put up the tent anywhere. Or you can hike from cabin to cabin owned by the Norwegian Mountain Touring...

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  • Centre of Stavanger

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    In fact this is a very beaten path, it is the sidewalk of the very busy Madlaveien, the main westbound road out from Stavanger. A lot of people use it daily, but fail to see it's beauty as they hurry along. It is particularly beautiful this time of the year with alle the flowers blooming. The path is not long, it starts at the underpass by the...

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  • Skiing

    Trondheim Off The Beaten Path

    Well, this was one of my best experiences,probably besause i went for skiing for the first time. it's just 15-20 minutes driving from town and the mountain is so beautiful.you can ski and snowboard or just sit on the bench and drink tea.if you don't have equipment you can rent it of course. This is good way to spend one of your days if you don't...

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  • Islands

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    The great thing about sailing here on the west coast of Norway is that you happen by these special places. On the picture I am passing the little island of Lerøy in the fjord south of Bergen. You see the small ferry at the small idyllic ferry stop. The ferry to this island goes from the larger island of Sotra about 45 minutes drive from Bergen

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  • Flor og Fjære

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    I was just at a place called Flor og Fjære near Stavanger. We took a boat from Stavanger to an island called Hidle. In this pretty harsh environment you come to the "garden of Eden" and hence the title a break from reality. Out on these small island you don't see much plants and stuff but here you will find all sorts of plants that you don't...

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  • Allotment gardens

    Trondheim Off The Beaten Path

    There are allotment gardens all over Europe, the link below is to an english site. In Norway, the allotment movement started late in the 19th century. The first garden was founded in Halden in 1896, the second one in Oslo in 1907. Originally the gardens were meant for workers living in the cities to have the possibility to grow their own...

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  • Fantoft Stavkirke (Stave church)

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    This wooden church is quite literally of the beaten path. It is located in Fantoft - student area - and not really well signposted. Build somewhere more rural, this church was moved to it's present location in the 19th century. Though relatively small (as compared to other more famous examples) it offers a number of woodcarvings that are just...

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  • Allotment gardens

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    Did you know that corn can be grown in Norway? The depicted corn was found in the Allotment garden Rosendal og Ramsvik which is situated in Storhaug east of downtown Stavanger, along the fjord (Gandsfjorden). You get there by taking bus no 4 to "Sandnesgaten". There are four allotment gardens in Stavanger; Rosendal og Ramsvik and Strømvik in...

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  • Munkholmen

    Trondheim Off The Beaten Path

    Munkholmen, the Munks' island, was in ancient times Trondheim execution ground, then in the 11th century benedectine monks built a monastery which in 1658 became a prison fort. But now is a popular recreational resort and it's good if you feel like to have a swim... in the summer period boats depart daily from Ravnkloa, every hour, from 10.00 to...

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  • Voss.

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    Voss is about 100km from Bergen and easily accessible by direct train from Bergen. It's a scenic journey and makes a good day trip destination. I visited in November, which is between seasons in Voss... the summer visitors had gone and the skiing hadn't started so I felt as if I had the place to myself. There's a lovely lake in the centre of the...

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  • Rosenli

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    Rosenli is a beautiful recreational area close to the city. It would take you 20 - 25 minutes to get there by foot from downtown. Or you could go by bus no 4A or 4B to the end stop; a roundabout by the buildings on top of the hill. NB check that the bus is marked "Rosenli", or you would end up on the other side of the city ;-) From the roundabout...

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  • Edvard Grieg / Troldhaugen

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    Troldhaugen - you could visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg. We were there in 1995 and took one of those guided tours. Don't know if they changed them over the years, but I found it interesting. Guided tours of the villa run continuously. Entrance to exhibition, villa and garden: Adults: NOK 50 (6,6 €) Students: NOK 20 (2,64 €) Children:...

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  • Utstein Kloster

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    Utstein Kloster: This monastery is the only preserved monastery from the Middle Ages in Norway. It is located on the island Mosterøy near Stavanger. On the trip you will pass through the Rennfast tunnel and the add says: 'Gnashing and pounding waves, sheltered coves, naked cliffs, lush heather carpets and a vivid play of colours - the...

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  • Hardangerfjord

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    The 170 km long Hardanger Fjord is the second longest of the Norwegian fjords. The fjord divides in about 20 smaller fjords and changes names all the time. Sørfjorden and Eidfjorden are the best-known parts of the fjord. The sceneries around the Hardanger Fjord change between fjord and mountains, dramatic waterfalls and glaciers, romantic fruit...

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  • The Rogaland Arboret

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    In Sandnes there is Norway's largets Arboret - a huge area with collections of trees, bushes and flowers, all put together as a very attractive and interesting park with many kilometres of paths to walk along. It's beautiful in all season. I remember going there in December and then, after having inhaled all that healthy cold air smelling of dead...

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  • Glaciers

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    There are several glaciers within the reach of Bergen. Remember that glaciers are 'living creatures' they move and slide, so it's important to be careful and always have a guide when hiking or climbing them! Sightseeing, climbing or hikes can be arranged from the Bergen Tourist Office.

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  • Prekestolen (pulpit rock)

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    Without doubt my friends ...Everybody knows that the only 1 reason to visit Norge is the 'Pulpit rock' as u see on the pic' on the top of the stavanger page. I described about it on my norge home page so go & read now... And promise me, go to visit this place . P.S - this visit will take 1 day at the 'Pulpit Rock' cuz first u've to take a...

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  • Gamlehaugen - the Castle

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    The royal residence in Bergen lies south of Bergen, and is called Gamlehaugen. Originally it was the house of Mikkelsen. A well known politician in Norway. The house has a pleasant garden open for everyone.

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  • Broken

    Stavanger Off The Beaten Path

    English artist Antony Gormley made iron castings of his body, placed them all about Stavanger. The work is an interactive set of sculptures that encourages viewers to reflect, think, and use their imagination to deal with the fact that it exists in this town. When one sees it, one is tempted to find out more about it, and contemplate not only the...

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  • Sandviken

    Bergen Off The Beaten Path

    Sandviken: 5-10 min walk from Bryggen/fishmarked. The older part of Bergen. Little old houses of wood. Ask around and you will be pointed in the right direction. If you want to study it closer, you should go to the outdoor museum 'Gamle Bergen' (Old Bergen).

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  • Modern highrise buildings in Oslo

    We noticed that several incredible sophisticated modern highrise buildings are under construction at Bjorvika in central Oslo. We believe that this part of Oslo will be the new central business district of Oslo City. We understand that these buildings when completed constitute approximately 250,000 square meters of office space! Some of these...

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  • Excellent mural paintings

    We came across these excellent mural paintings by Alice (an unknown artist to us, may not be to Norwegians) while waiting to board our bus at Oslo Bus Terminal back to Sweden in August 2012. These excellent mural paintings are located across the road just opposite the Bus Terminal on the walls of somewhat an abandoned building. We believe not many...

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  • K.Y.S. - a strange catamaran

    Take a closer look at this strange catamaran in the port of Kristiansand. It was built as an art-object in 2002 and sailed to Sweden already and through some canals in Germany and the Netherlands.In the port of Kristiansand you will also find a lot of traditional yachts and sailingboats of all sizes.

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  • Some other great buildings

    Here you can see some other great building with interesting architecture, that you will see , whem you will take a walk through the old part of the citycentre of Kristiansand. It should be enough to dedicate about 1-2 hours to see the most interesting places, and most of them are conveniently situated quite close to each other.

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  • Vrådal Kyrkje in Eidstal

    I found this tiny wooden church of Vrådal, while searching for a good place to spend the night in my motorhome. Vrådal is obviously a suburb of Eidstal. The church dates back to the year 1885 and was built completely of wood.Take a look inside the church, maybe you are lucky and the church is open or you can take as well a look through the windows,...

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  • Camilla Collett

    Camilla Collett (1813-1895) was a famous norwegian novelist, and she was born in Kristiansand. You will see her monument next to the fortress, in a park by the sea.

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  • Kirkenes is the endpoint of the...

    Kirkenes is in the north-east-end of Norway, directely at the russian border and it is also is the endpoint of the coastal-cruises of all Hurtigruten-ships . It is an interesting outpost close to the russian border, the next russian town is Murmansk.Hurtigruten offers an excursion to the russian border, you will see a bit of the landscape plus this...

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  • Vardø : the northernmost fortress on...

    Vardöhus Festnig in Vardø is the northernmost fortress on earth. This tiny village is one of the ports of the Hurtigruten-ships and when-ever they will get there during the southbound cruise from Kirkens to Bergen someone will wait there at the port and walk with you to that old fortress, so you will not miss it and will be able to make the best...

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  • Kaupanger stavechurch

    Kaupanger stavechurch is another wooden church in Norway that is really worth seeing for its great and unique interior.Kaupanger has only 800 inhabitants but also one of the most beautiful stave-churches in Norway. Lets hope you will come to Kaupanger during the high summer-season, that will last here only for a total of 4 months. During that time...

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  • the restrooms

    It was a great idea to use this interesting wooden building between the stave-church and the modern church of Borgund for the restrooms / toilets ! Inside it has all modern technical details but from outside you think its just a shed, covered by grass and moss in the oldfashioned way. There are some more toilets inside the museum of Borgund, in a...

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  • The modern church of Borgund

    The modern church of Borgund was built just about 100 meters from the old stave-church of Borgund and it dates back to the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately this church in Art Nouveau-style was locked during the day, while I visited there.In a seperate building you will find toilets there as well, next to this church.

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  • fjords

    Norway is the land of the fjords ...there are manyfrom stavanger in the south you have the pulpit rock, kjerag and lysefjorden (hike up or take the ferry under neath)then you have ?kerfjorden a narrow fjord with steap steap mountains, the roads are clinging to the mountains walls ...this fjord not many tourist comes to its not far from Hardanger...

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  • By car from Røros to Tydal

    Last time I was in this area was appr. 30 years ago! The pictures are taken by my brother on his way to visit our sister, winter 2003. You could make this a part of a round trip Trondheim, Støren, Røros, Tydal, Selbu, Hell, Trondheim like I did in the 1970's, or on your way north instead of driving the main road E6 between Oslo and Trondheim or the...

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  • Finnskogen - The Finn Forest

    A large area of forests, lakes and mountains on the border between Norway and Sweden. The area was inhabitated by Finnish farmers in the 17th century, and has very special culture, architecture and traditions. Many of the old crofts are preserved, and there are several museums. Finnskogen is an excellent recreation area, with good opportunities for...

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  • Kristin Lavransdatter

    Outside the Nord-Sel stave church in Sel, Gudbrandsdalen, is a statue of Kristin Lavransdatter. Not bad for a person who never existed! But Sigrid Undset did thorough research in the area before she wrote the three novels about Kristin, and some of her personality and her experiences might have come from women who actually lived her.The farm...

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  • Lysefjorden

    Beautiful fjord! We drove from Oslo via roads E134 and 46 to reach the hamlet of Lysebotn through Sirdal. This route goes through a scarcely inhabited interior and chance to meet other cars is pretty low. Upon occurrence, motorists stop for a greeting and a quick check that everything is fine across the almost deserted plateau. Awesome view of...

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  • HAUKELISETER

    On the highway between the Telemark and the Fjord country of the Hordaland is the tourist hut at Haukeliseter. There are so many superb options for the outdoorsman to evaluate in this country and this is another. From here - an old hut dating back to the late 19th century - you can head north into the wilds of the Hardangervidda, or south, into...

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  • Oslo-Bergen line...

    Don't miss the 470km long train journey on the Oslo-Bergen railway: This incredibly scenic trip is one of Norway's finest, and passes through some breathtaking scenery, with mountain ranges fjords and plateaus. Whats more, its not a special package that will cost you extra. All you need is to get on the regular train service between Oslo and...

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  • Kvernes Stavchurch

    The Stave-church of Kvernes is normally locked except for a very short summerseason and that was over already when I passed by there by my car at the end of August. I got back there with the excursion by Hurtigruten and the guides were waiting there for us and opened the church just for us.Photography is allowed inside the church, BUT only without...

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