Norway in a Nutshell: The best one-day look at fjords

Norway in a nutshell 1Big scenery, small towns and a relaxing way to see it all, this is, “Norway in a Nutshell.” An easy day excursion from Oslo, this is a best one-day look at fjords. Trains, buses and ferries are organized to maximize the travel experience. If you make it to Oslo and you do not experience Norway’s majestic fiords, then you might as well say you have not been to Norway.

Norway in a nutshell is available as a day tour or with overnight stays en route. The round-trip tour can be started in Oslo, Bergen, Voss or Flåm, no matter the season, in winter, spring, summer and fall. Pressed for time, travelers can experience the entire route in a day; with more time, consider an overnight along the fjord or in Bergen.

Flåm RailwayEvery morning, Norway’s most spectacular train leaves Oslo around 8a.m. As the train journeys along Norway’s mountain spine, glaciers, ancient forest and countless lakes fill the windows of the passenger cars. The train journey crosses 300 bridges and 200 tunnels, making this a true engineering marvel, and making you wish you had packed more memory cards.

Kjosfossen WaterfallAt the town of Myrdal, you change trains and board The Flåm Railway line. This is a spectacular rail journey where within a one-hour period you travel from the mountains at Myrdal down to the the Sognefjord (Norway’s longest and deepest fjords) and the town of Flåm. This is a tourist train. The engineer will even stop the train for photographs at Kjosfossen waterfall.

 

From Flåm, one boards a ferry for one of the most scenic cruises. As you glide past waterfalls where mountains and sea come together, you can relax and take it all in. SongnefjordThe ferry floats up one fjord and down the next until you reach your destination of Gudvangen, where waiting tour buses will shuttle you back to the main train line in Voss. At Voss you can continue on to Bergen or return back to the capital of Oslo, now with the confidence that you have seen the real Norway.

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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City by Mark Adams

Meet Me In AtlantisMeet me in Atlantis by Mark Adams

“The New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis. A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind. Exposed to the Atlantis obsession, Adams decides to track down these people and determine why they believe it’s possible to find the world’s most famous lost city and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. He visits scientists who use cutting-edge technology to find legendary civilizations once thought to be fictional. He examines the numerical and musical codes hidden in Plato’s writings, and with the help of some charismatic sleuths traces their roots back to Pythagoras, the sixth-century BC mathematician. He learns how ancient societies transmitted accounts of cataclysmic events–and how one might dig out the ‘kernel of truth’ in Plato’s original tale. Meet Me in Atlantis is Adams’s enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries; a travelogue that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world”–

Praise for “Meet Me In Atlantis” 


“Few mythic places exert a more powerful pull on the imagination than Atlantis, and here the fabled lost city has found its perfect chronicler. Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed–like a vivid dream surfacing from the weird and murky depths of human consciousness.”
-Hampton Sides, “New York Times” bestselling author of “In the Kingdom of Ice”