The distance between Oslo and Bergen is about 7 hours by train and really is one of the most beautiful lines to ride. Working out the logistics of my weekend, I thought the best idea would be to get an early train to western Norway and thus I could explore the small seaside town in the afternoon.
The only problem with my plan was that when I went to reserve a seat at the ticket desk I found out they were all sold out! Thankfully one of the conductors told me about a seat that wasn’t reserved and so I sat there for the majority of the journey.
As we pulled into one of the stations, Geilo, I felt a rush of cold air from the door and it finally struck me that I am in Norway. The reason it has only just hit me was because even though I had been I this country for 5 days, my only real experience had been the capital city and not what I was expecting at all. As pleasant as Oslo is, I always dreamt Norway to be the snow driven land I saw before me.
Getting off the train in Bergen, I was almost blinded by the sun peeking out from around the mountains that engulf this small harbour town. After I explored the streets, I use the word explored lightly, more that I got lost again, I arrived at the hostel. As I entered the building, I had to check myself in because their reception closes at 2pm during the off season.
Having taken a bit of a stroll around the city I decided to take a little rest and work out my next direction when three guys passed me by. It wasn’t until they had disappeared that I suddenly realised one of them was in fact Bill Bailey! About an hour passed and I kept wondering what the Part Troll was doing all the way out here. As it turns out he was actually doing a show here but by the time I made it back to the hostel to find out, the show had already started so was unable to get tickets.
On a positive note, I am arranging a fjord tour for tomorrow and trying to sort out a massive hike for Sunday. Got a fun-filled weekend!