Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Olden and Bergen

Our next two stops appeared to be less interesting simply because they had to live up to what we had experienced before them.
1. Olden is a town at the end of Nord fjord. This town of 120 people is gateway to Jostedal glacier. The glacier is very impressive at 110 miles long and 4 miles wide but we could not go much closer to it. There is a beautiful lake at the bottom of the glacier. In 1905 a side of the mountain completely sheered off and fell into the lake creating a tsunami 200 feet tall. This led to many homes being destroyed and killing several hundred people. A similar event occurred again in 1934.
2. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo. Bergen and suburbs have a population of about half a million. This is a tourist center for people beginning their journeys into the Norwegian fjord country, as well as the main center of the Norwegian oil exploration activities in the North Sea. An interesting fact about Bergen is that most restaurants operate from 2 PM to 11 PM, otherwise it is a typical city.

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