Moving on towards Oslo, Norway

August 10, 2013.  Today we left Copenhagen for Oslo.  We started our day with a short car ferry ride from Denmark to Sweden.  Then, we drove 4 hours through the Swedish countryside.  Sweden is known for all its farms having big red barns.  The barns are very large compared to those in the US and are well maintained.  The Swedish countryside was mostly rolling hills with many forests of pine trees.  Not many “wow” moments, but enjoyable and relaxing just the same.

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When the drive took us from Sweden to Norway we did notice a change in scenery and architecture.  The scenery is much more heavily wooded, more mountainous, and rugged.  The barns are still mostly red, but the houses are smaller, made of wood, with some having grass and flower roofs.

 

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Norm and Rita

Drove through many tunnels on this trip. But the longest tunnel in Norway, which is 15 miles long was closed due to a truck fire on August 5th.

Drove through many tunnels on this trip. But the longest tunnel in Norway, which is 15 miles long was closed due to a truck fire on August 5th.

Ferry boat was another mode of transportation.

Ferry boat was another mode of transportation.

Waterfalls were gorgeous!

Waterfalls were gorgeous!

These people living in this village travel by boat 99% of the time.

These people living in this village travel by boat 99% of the time.

Little village along the fjords.

Little village along the fjords.

These fjords are so large it's hard to capture them in a photo. Maybe if we had a helicopter!

These fjords are so large it’s hard to capture them in a photo. Maybe if we had a helicopter!

The fjords were inspiring!

The fjords were inspiring!

We would have preferrred a sunnier day, as Norm whined ..."why does this always happen to me?"

We would have preferrred a sunnier day, as Norm whined …”why does this always happen to me?”

Oslo to Bergen, Norway.  We saw some incredible scenery.

This barn is being held up by rocks on one side.

This barn is being held up by rocks on one side.

Lots of large farms with very large red barns.

Lots of large farms with very large red barns.

The reflections were amazing.

The reflections were amazing.

This is the Moose crossing sign, they are everywhere in Norway.

This is the Moose crossing sign, they are everywhere in Norway.

Stave church in Eidfjord

Stave church in Eidfjord

Side view of Stave Church in Eidfjord

Side view of Stave Church in Eidfjord

Camping in Norway is a favorite of the Europeans. They are usually booked for the summers.

Camping in Norway is a favorite of the Europeans. They are usually booked for the summers.

They pull their caravans up to these little cabins and park them alongside. Some look like they are attached to the caravans.

They pull their caravans up to these little cabins and park them alongside. Some look like they are attached to the caravans.

Saw many of these types of roofs along the way when crossing Norway from Oslo to Bergen.

Saw many of these types of roofs along the way when crossing Norway from Oslo to Bergen.

This was our absolute favorite one!! Seriously, how does this happen and how can these heavy trees not collapse the roof???

This was our absolute favorite one!! Seriously, how does this happen and how can these heavy trees not collapse the roof???

Notice the sheep on the right side? Must be their pet.

Notice the sheep on the right side? Must be their pet.

A little island in the middle.

A little island in the middle.

Norway's largest glacier! Yes we drove to the top of these mountains.

Norway’s largest glacier! Yes we drove to the top of these mountains.

The glacier.

The glacier.

These people living in this village travel by boat 99% of the time.

These people living in this village travel by boat 99% of the time.

We loved the colors!

We loved the colors!

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