Inside Norway: On the Road to Bergen
From Elvesæter, we drove to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city next to Oslo. It was a 9-hour journey including a picnic stop and a two and half-hours ferry ride, that we found very rewarding.
We took the Sognefjell National Route through the Jotunheimen mountains. It’s the highest mountain road in Northern Europe reaching a maximum elevation of 4,705 feet above sea level. It definitely put to the test the driving skills of our driver.
The scenery was spectacularly beautiful. It was like being transported into an alien world. No words or pictures can describe it.
Along the way, I couldn’t a nap. I had keep my eyes open to make sure I wouldn’t miss something out.
From time to time, we stopped at a lookout for a better view of the landscape around us. Ha ha. We also demanded that our tour guide and driver pose for posterity.
After a scary and dramatic drive with steep turns down the mountain, we boarded a ferry in Sogn og Fjordane for a two a half hours cruise on the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord and second longest in the world. It’s a postcard-perfect natural wonder surrounded by snow-capped mountains, beautiful waterfalls, and colorful Norwegian villages. UNESCO lists it as one of the world’s heritage sites.
We got off the ferry in Gudvanger and boarded the bus again and continued on our journey. Except for encountering a minor rock slide, we made it to Bergen safely.