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    Arriving to Gol

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Gol is located in the valley of Hallingdal in Buskerud County, in the main way from Oslo to Bergen, the first two, as importance, towns in Norway.

    A small provincial settlement, Gol is more a village than a town.

    Surrounded by a green landscape dominated by mountains and forests, Gol has only 4,500 inhabitans.

    Small typical houses, a mall and other small shops, banks, some restaurants and hotels are attracting tourists from all over the world.

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    On Aurlands road

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    At the end of Laerdalstunnelen starts Aurlands road, a beautiful road going through Aurlandsvalley.

    Mountain road, sometimes narrow, sometimes wider, Aurlands road is full of tunnels.

    I didn't count how many we have passed, but probably there are around 20 from Aurland to Gol.

    The most interesting one was the tunnel with a 90 degree bend in it (never thought that it would be possible).

    In order to prevent the chaos in the tunnel a traffic light was places at the entrance.

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    Aurlandsdalen

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    One of the most beautiful region in Norway, Aurlandsdalen area is also one of the most visited.

    The unique and dramatic landscape can be also admired from the road going above the fjord.

    Also known as Norway's Grand Canyon, the road is surrounded by wild and breathtaking scenery and is a wonderful destination for hikers.

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    Laerdalstunnelen - world's longest road tunnel

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The world's longest road tunnel is 24,5 km long and is located between Laerdal and Aurland.

    Until November 2000 when the tunnel was opened, the longest tunnel was St. Gotthard in Switzerland (16,9 km).

    Laerdalstunnelen goes through the mountain, having over no more than 1,400 metres of stone.

    In order to support this huge quantity of stone, the walls of the tunnel have been reinforced by vaults and stainless steel fibres.

    With 15 turning points, it took around 5 years to build it and the cost of the tunnel was up to NOK 1,050 million.

    It takes around 20 minutes to pass through the tunnel and the biggest challenge was to avoid losing the concentration of the drivers due to the long distance.

    After intensive studies, the solution was to place in the widened area made every 6 km a special coloured light that attracts the drivers’ attentions.

    Definitely, Laerdalstunnelen it's quite an experience!

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    Laerdal region

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    After the ferry crossing from Manheller to Fodnes we drove through the beautiful Laerdal region admiring the Laerdal fjord, one of the inner arms of the Sognefjord.

    Laerdal region has around 2.300 inhabitants and is famous for its old roads, the salmon and the Borgund stave church.

    Recently, another attraction has been added the previous ones: Laerdalstunnelen - the longest road tunnel in the world (E16 from Laerdal to Aurland, 24.5 km).

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    Driving in Fjaerland

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The beautiful landscape of Fjaerland region is made of mountains and U-shaped valleys surrounded by large deltas and glacier rivers.

    Fjaerland is the district surrounding Fjaerlandsfjord, a branch of Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway, and the deepest.

    Fjaerland has around 300 inhabitants, and is part of Sogndal municipality.

    The centre in Fjaerland is Mundal, located at 3 km from the main road down the fjord, with a school, a church dating from 1861, shops and hotels.

    Most people in Fjaerland region are employed in farming.

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    Beaches in Vagsoy

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Refviksanden beach with its 1,5 km length is one of Norway’s finest swimming beaches.

    With beautiful silver sand, Refvik is located at around 10 km from Maloy.

    Although it was end of August and it was more or less outside the season, the beach was full of locals but also tourists.

    Near the beach is also a campsite with WCs and showers.

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    Vagsoy and Maloy

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Vagsoy municipality covers an area of 165 square kilometres and has 6,288 inhabitans mainly employed in fishing, fish-farming and shipbuilding, being the second biggest fishing municipality in Norway.

    Located on the island of Vagsoy, Maloy obtained the town status just in 1997.

    The town is connected to the mainland by a 1,224 metre long bridge, a real gateway for all sea-going traffic.

    The most popular attractions in Vagsoy are Krakenes Lighthouse, Kannesteinen rock and Refviksanden beach.

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    Norway's stunning forests

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Another part of Norway's magnificent landscape is the forest.

    About 37 percent of the surface area in Norway is covered by forest.

    The most important species are Norway spruce, Scotch pine and birch.

    The coniferous forest covers 55 percent of the forested area

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    Driving from Stryn to Maloy

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The most important part of the beautiful road from Stryn to Maloy goes on the shore of Nordfjord, offering a magnificent view of this stunning fjord.

    There are around 105km and the road is in perfect conditions.

    At the beginning of this route we also drove on the shore of Hornindalsvatn (Hornindals Lake), the deepest lake of Europe, almost 1,800 feet, with its crystal clear water.

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    Loen church

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Loen church is located down town from its possition offering a perfect view in all directions.

    The current church was built in 1837 and concecrated in 1838 but it is said that on this site has been a church since 1360.

    The small church made of wood is vividly decorated inside.

    For more details, visit my Loen and Kjenndalbreen page.

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    Loen - small town in the mountains

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The small town of Loen offers some of the most magnificent landscapes in Europe, with beautiful fjords, magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls, wild glaciers and steep mountains.

    Although Loen has a population of only 300 inhabitants, it has two huge hotels which could easily accommodate the entire population!

    In August, this fairylike landscape was plunged into a divine smell of strawberry from a plantation near Hotel Alexandra.

    For more details, visit my Loen and Kjenndalbreen page.

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    Kjenndalbreen (Kjenndal Glacier)

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The Kjenndal Glacier, which lies at the head of Loen Valley, is the offshot of the Jostedal Glacier lowest in altitude.

    The Kjenndal Glacier is at 10-15 minutes walk from the car park (around 4km).

    Not as famous as Briksdal Glacier, probably due to its location at the lowest altitude of Jostedal Glacier and the dirt deposited on the upper part during the years, Kjenndalbreen lies at the head of Loen Valley.

    Still, visiting Kjenndalbreen is a good alternative to the very touristic and crowded site of Briksdal Glacier and the walk to the glacier (although hard in the last part due to the stones) is offering a pleasand view of the mountaints and the waterfalls surrounding the glacier.

    For more details, visit my Loen and Kjenndalbreen page.

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    Lodalen Valley

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Lodalen Valley is renown and still marked by its dramatic history.

    Twice in this century, in 1905 and 1936, huge blocks of stone fell from the sides of Mt. Ramnefjell into Lake Lovatnet below.

    The resulting huge waves destroyed the farms of Nesdal and Bodal, taking 135 human lives of both locals and tourists from a cruise ship.

    These two disasters are rememeber today for a monument located outside the church of Loen.

    For more details, visit my Loen and Kjenndalbreen page.

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    Road to Loen and Kjenndalbreen

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    The small town of Loen is situated on the west coast of Norway between Alesund and Bergen at the bottom of Nordfjord.

    Very close to Stryn (24 km), the road to Loen goes through the mountains and fjord, the journey being a pleasant way for enjoying a wonderful landscape.

    Just entering Loen a traffic sign is indicating the road to Kjenndalbreen, via Lodalen (at 14 km).

    Kjenndal Glacier is located at 22 km from Loen.

    For more details, visit my Loen and Kjenndalbreen page.

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