Norway Part 1 – Fjords, Ferries And Tunnels

We turned right at the T-junction and almost immediately went into the next tunnel. The sign at the entrance said 8.6km – the longest tunnel of the trip so far. At around the 2km marker, we heard a roaring behind. A large lorry was bearing down on us, and – as we obviously going too slow for his tight schedule – raced past, making us feel rather nervous. Would you overtake in a dark, narrow, 2-way tunnel with a bend coming up? At around the 6km marker, we saw a flashing, orange light up ahead in the distance.

‘What’s that?’ I asked.

‘Dunno, but we’ll soon find out!’

We couldn’t believe it when we got to it. A roundabout controlling a 4-way junction! I was so surprised, I wasn’t quick enough getting the camera out.

Tunnels continued to be a major feature of this western part of Norway, the fjord area. Often, you’d come out of one long tunnel just to be outside a couple of hundred yards before you were back in another one. Many of them had junctions in them, some were even motorway type slip roads. Quite a few spiralled you like a helter skelter in the dark, either up or down inside some huge mountain. We got quite used to them in the end, especially as being in a tunnel often meant you weren’t driving along some kind of ledge masquarading as a road, hanging off a cliff several hundreds of feet above a fjord with nothing more than a tiny concrete wall to stop you careering off the edge.

I will just digress a little here. In the summer holidays, back when I was 10 years old, we were all out for a drive one day when an altercation with a lorry resulted in our car leaving the road and somersaulting down into a ravine. To this day, I’m sure that this incident plays no small part in me easily feeling out of my comfort zone on certain types of roads, and I am indebted to Geoff for being my absolute rock with the driving in these situations.

Despite the challenging driving though, the scenery was utterly amazing and well worth the trip. Our days generally followed a similar pattern. Drive for the morning and then wander around in the afternoon. Most nights we wild camped, but occasionally used a campsite – usually when I had loads of washing to do and needed a washing machine! Ferries were used a couple of times to cross the Hardangerfjord at different points, and altogether we spent about a week exploring this part of Norway.

I’ve found it so difficult trying to decide which photos to post and which to leave out, that in the end I thought the best thing to do would be to make a short slide show to give a flavour of the area. Enjoy!

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About chrissiedixie

Love being out on the moors and mountains, backpacking, dogs, travelling generally. Favourite place in the world - Yosemite National Park. Retired teacher and ex Mountain Rescue Deputy Team Leader. Married to Geoff, who puts up with all sorts.
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12 Responses to Norway Part 1 – Fjords, Ferries And Tunnels

  1. beatingthebounds says:

    Waterfalls, mountains, fjords, forests.
    Looks dreadful. Truly awful.
    I don’t feel the need to go there at all.
    I don’t feel the need to go there.
    I don’t need to go there.
    I need to go there.
    I need to go there. Now.
    Damn!
    Look what you’ve done.

  2. backpackingbongos says:

    Looks like Norway has nothing of interest to me at all. Too many hills. The dogs looked very unhappy in the photos, too many walkies I fear………………………

    Norway is not for me I’m afraid.

    As he wanders off muttering to himself……..

  3. Great slide show. Loved the bit with Tilly winding up Dixie at the end 🙂

    I did three winters in Norway with the Royal Marines, and I’ve only seen the country in black and white! Due a summer visit 🙂

    • Tilly knows exactly which buttons to press to wind Dixie up aswell!

      Must be gorgeous in the snow though – would love to go in the winter and would also love to get right up North, too. Hopefully they might re-introduce the Newcastle – Bergen ferry, as it really is a long drive the way we had to go!

  4. surfnslide says:

    Now I thouroughly enjoyed that. Always longed to visit Norway and explore all those fabulous Fjords and the like and particularly the Lafoten Islands. I just had an plan forming in my head then they stopped the ferry from Newcastle the blighters. Hopefully they’ll bring it back one day. The Tilly wind up was great as well 🙂
    On to the next instalment

    • Thanks for that Andy 🙂 Yes the Lofoten Islands are a must at some point if possible. People we met over there kept telling us that there are rumours that the Newcastle ferry might start again in the not too distant future…

  5. Great idea to put the slideshow in! Some of those roads look and sound very scary! Worse than the passes in Austria were… How odd to have junctions and so on inside tunnels!

    • The first time we came across a junction in a tunnel, we were so surprised we nearly missed taking it – at the last second we suddenly realised it was where we were supposed to be going!

  6. Dawn says:

    Fantasmagorical, mouth watering, feet twitchingly wonderful.

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