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Oslo to Flam

sunny 22 °C
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We left Oslo and were pretty soon into the country side, its very green and looks really beautiful. There are lakes and ponds all over the place, and the rivers are very similar to those in New Zealand. Its the first clear water we've seen in rivers since New Zealand actually :)

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The train climbs slowly and by the time we were nearing Myrdal, the station to catch the Flamsbana train from, the view outside was awesome. There aren't really any mountains but we were at 1000m and there was snow all over the place. Would be an awesome area to snowmobile around. There are little villages or collections of house all over the place, what they actually do up here was beyond us, and we figured they must be like holiday homes...

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We had about a minute after arriving at Myrdal to buy a ticket and get aboard the waiting train, and made it :) The journey down to Flam is a descent of around 900m and was really cool, half the time we were in tunnels and looking out over precipices. 45minutes later we were in Flam.

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After once again scouring the supermarket for the cheapest items we left with a tin of spaghetti for lunch and a disposable barbaque and salmon fillets for dinner :) hey, just because its cheap doesn't mean it can't be good :)

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Deciding on splashing out we rented a double sea kayak for the afternoon, well more like the evening as we set off at 5pm. After getting to grips with the synchronised paddling thing (well just about :) ) we climbed out down the side of the fjord to go for a walk and visit a waterfall.

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Hopping back in we continued up the fjord to another waterfall that crashes into the water. After manouvering through a cruise ship and a ferries wake we pulled ashore on a sandy beach for dinner.

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Firing up the BBQ we sat watching the fjord and drank a lukewarm beer waiting for the salmon to cook :) After eating one of the best meals that we've had so far we quickly packed up and paddled furiously back toward Flam. We arrived about 1 minute before 9, and as we were supposed to be back by 9 we at least got our moneys worth, not a minute wasted :)

Heading back to the campground and after sitting outside admiring the view we headed to bed about 11pm in full daylight.

Posted by timnz 12:22 Archived in Norway Tagged backpacking

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