Yesterday, as we watched passengers struggle to get their suitcases on the trains we were really grateful that Arena Travel had organised for our cases to be taken by coach to Flam. However, there was found to be a problem with the AC on the coach and I had a phone call to discuss a change of plan. It was very kind of the coach company to consider that we would not enjoy a 3 hour journey to the Hardanger fjord in 40 degree temperatures today. Instead, they sent Benjamin with a mini bus and full AC.
Now Benjamin, a local lad, had been given instructions to take us direct to the next hotel. But as soon as he realised that we enjoyed going ‘off piste’ he had several suggestions. And they were only possible as we had a smaller coach.
We visited Stalheim and enjoyed the most incredible views. You should have seen the steep hairpin bends on the way back down to the valley below. We were all clutching our seat belts!
We have seen lots of waterfalls in the last couple of days and have become quite blasé about them. But this one we stopped at just north of Voss was quite spectacular.
After a coffee stop at Voss we took the old road to the Hardanger fjord which meant less tunnels and more incredible scenery.
Yet another waterfall!
Talking about tunnels…..We drove through The Gudvangen tunnel which was 11 kilometres long. Two other tunnels had roundabouts inside which were lit up like space ships!
We arrived at our hotel, The Ulsvangen in Loftus, over an hour late. But what a journey we had had and all in the continuing glorious hot weather. There can be no other country in the world as scenically beautiful as Norway in sunshine. But then I am biased…….
Pano view from our hotel
After a stitchery workshop this afternoon we all enjoyed the wonderful hotel, one of the best we have ever stayed in. Swimming, enjoying the sauna, exploring this fascinating historical hotel and admiring the views of snow covered mountains across the fjord. We must be able to see at least 12 great waterfalls just from the hotel gardens.
Stitching with a view
A quilter in one of the hotel pools
Well done, whoever sabotaged the coach! We have had yet another incredible day!