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Norway, A Most Beautiful Country

sunny 70 °F

Because we were not on a set timetable I didn’t worry about buying ferry tickets early so once we reached Hirtshels we had to determine our next move which was the Ferry to Kristiansand, Norway. The 1st available crossing was at 12 noon in economy. We took advantage of the morning to get a little coffee and explore the harbor area.
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After a 3-1/2 hour sailing into Kristiansand, we found the center of the city only a couple of blocks away, then located the tourist information office. We needed to know which road would be the best to Bergen, a city on the coast. The lady at the information told us that the coastal road was faster and much nicer than the road running up the center of the peninsula.
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We walked around the square a bit and we decided that this was the best country so far. We were in love with Norway already.

I remembered that the guide book said to go to the fish market for some fresh catch. We went and sampled some smoked salmon and smoked whale. I knew that there was a restaurant recommended and thought that it might be one at the fish market. I had the fish cakes, recommended, Elias the herring and Dale the local trout. All was great but pricey than I thought it would be. After getting back to the car I found that we’d actually gone to one of the most expensive restaurants. Fortunately we were careful in ordering so didn’t rack up a huge bill. The place recommended was actually a food stand with a line, we found it by accident but were already full.

We’d read in “Lonely Planet …”this is one of the most beautiful counties on earth”. We also read in another place that the coast route is “breathtakingly beautiful”. These are understatements. Photos cannot capture the wonderful sights around every corner.

We headed up highway #44 and drove until it was twilight. We stopped at a little pull out overlooking a fjord, and found that it was a site for a memorial where allies fought Nazi’s. There was a whole history about the area; Nazi’s hid prisoners, the British rescued the prisoners and several allies were killed.
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We’d already eaten a large lunch so dinner was just bread, cheese and meat and another night of car camping.

Posted by Miss Chris 13:44 Archived in Norway Tagged driving europe norway ferry denmark

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