S: Bentson Family Norway Trip 2013
FC: NORWAY TRIP | 2013
3: Oslo's Grand Hotel (left) is best known as the annual venue of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It is situated in the main thoroughfare, close to the Parliament Building and the Royal Palace.
4: The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park (also called Frogner Park) is a popular meeting place in Oslo. It is filled with 212 bronze and granite sculptures, including the Monolith (opposite - right) which is over 14 meters tall and carved in one single stone. It contains 121 human figures. Sinnataggen, the sculpture of an angry baby, is popular amongst elementary school children.
5: All of the sculptures and the overall site plan were the creative design of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869 - 1943).
8: In Oslo, we visited the Viking Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum and Gol Stave Church.
11: During our visit to the Hadeland Glass Works, we spotted this train, the perfect location for a family photo. That afternoon, we enjoyed a traditional middag on a local farm.
13: In Lillehammer, we visited the site of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Lillehammer is on the edge of Norway's largest lake, Lake Mjosa.
14: Dalsnibba Observation Point: a view of Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.
18: In Loen, we spent the night at the luxurious Alexandra Hotel and Toren & Todd jumped into the Fjord!
21: On a morning excursion to the Briksdal Glacier, located in the Jostedalsbreen National Park in Stryn, we rode in "trollcars" and then hiked to the edge of the glacier.
23: In Voss, we stayed at the historic Fleischer's hotel and enjoyed views of the Vangsvatnet Lake.
25: During our stay in Voss, we spent a day on the "Norway in a Nutshell" excursion, starting out on the Oslo/Bergen Railway. After transferring to the Flam line, we descended the Flam Valley, dropping 2800 feet in 13 miles. We even spotted a Huldra - a seductive forest creature from Scandanavian folklore. Then we hopped on a cruise of the Aurland and Naeroy Fjords, ending the day in Gudvangen.
26: During WWII, the Dutch steam trawler "Voorbode" was confiscated by the Germans and used for military transport. It was docked at the Bergen harbor loaded with explosives due to a mechanical problem. On April 20, 1944 it exploded in the harbor; the air pressure and tidal wave flattened neighborhoods, leaving 5000 people homeless. These Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord at the bryggen (wharf) survived, but remain crooked.
27: While in Bergen, we visited Troldhaugen, the home of the late composer Edvarg Grieg and his wife Nina. Edvarg and Nina completed the home in 1885. On the site today are the home, Nina's and Edvarg's grave site in the side of a mountain, Grieg's composer's hut, a concert hall, museum, shop, and restaurant.
28: After our guided tour of Bergen, Tracy & Andy quickly made their way to the Floibanen, a funicular (inclined plane or cliff cable railway) beating the rain by minutes. The Floibanen runs up the mountain of Floyen and once at the top, provides an amazing view of Bergen, Norway's second largest city.
30: On the way to Stavanger, we took the ferry from Halhjem to Sandrikvag and stopped at the Nordvegen History Centre in Avaldnes to learn about Harald Harfagre, the first King of Norway.
32: We visited several historic sites in Stavanger, including a prehistoric rock carving site by the shore at Solbakk dating from around 500 B.C., Old Stavanger, Swords in Rock, and the Stavanger Cathedral.
35: Several restaurants and shops line the waterfront in Stavanger.
38: We spent the last day of our trip in Copenhagen, Denmark where we visited the Tivoli amusement park.
40: Tracy & Andy explored Copenhagen and enjoyed the Jazz Festival, plethora of bikes, beautiful King's Garden, and interesting architecture.