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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:15 PM   #41
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And now we are going to take the trip to the Floyen mountain. We took the lazy option - the funicular, but walked back down. Its easier that way!

28. Close to the funicular station.



29. The views from up there are fantastic. That big boat just above the masted ship is the yacht belonging to the Emir of Qatar. We will have a look at it a bit later.



30. A bit more of the Bryggen now. If you look at the old photos taken from this place youll see just how much denser the city was back then!

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:40 PM   #42
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Is it? How long is it by train from Malmo?
The train from Oslo to Bergen takes around 7 hours alone and from what I could find it seems like the train from Malmř to Oslo takes around 7 hours too. So 14 hours + whatever time it takes to change train in Oslo.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:45 PM   #43
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30. A bit more of the Bryggen now. If you look at the old photos taken from this place youll see just how much denser the city was back then!
I hope you don't mind me posted one for everyone to see.

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[Panoramic view, II, Bergen, Norway] (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

It's taken lower down though so it is not completely comparable.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:58 PM   #44
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^ Yes that's the one I had in mind. Looks incredible and it seems that there used to be Bryggen-like area on the opposite side of the harbour too. A couple of those buildings still survive next to the Aquarium.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:03 PM   #45
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^ Yes that's the one I had in mind. Looks incredible and it seems that there used to be Bryggen-like area on the opposite side of the harbour too.
Yes, I'm unsure about what exactly was everywhere, but about 380 buildings were lost a in huge city-wide fire in 1916. Many Norwegian cities have sadly lost large parts of their historic inner cities either due to demolishing schemes, city fires or ww2.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:08 PM   #46
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31. Zooming in. This part for some reason reminds me of Bristol...We can see the Nykirken.



32. Its pretty cool that the ships dock right in the heart of the city and you can actually get pretty close to them. They are massive!

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Very picturesque!
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 11:51 PM   #48
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These fjords with their steep sides are ideal to take great pictures from!
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Old August 24th, 2013, 03:50 AM   #49
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These fjords with their steep sides are ideal to take great pictures from!
Indeed. Walking in those mountains feels like you're in the middle of a wilderness even though the city is just a few minutes walk away, some neighbourhoods are even set in them.
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Amazing, very nice photos from Bergen
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^ Yes that's the one I had in mind. Looks incredible and it seems that there used to be Bryggen-like area on the opposite side of the harbour too. A couple of those buildings still survive next to the Aquarium.
I found a historic map showing how the area used to be.




Today as a comparison: https://maps.google.no/maps?q=bergen...gl=no&t=h&z=16
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Nice. Just look at the density!
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33. The downtown down below.



34. That curious building in the upper middle part is Bergens largest theatre and built in the Art-Nouveau style. Its pretty difficult to get a decent shot of it from the street level.



35. I can do miniatures too!

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36.



37. Korskirken in the foreground, Johanneskirken in the background.



38. Johanneskirken.

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34. That curious building in the upper middle part is Bergens largest theatre and built in the Art-Nouveau style. Its pretty difficult to get a decent shot of it from the street level.

Another thing which might be of interest: The beige building behind the orange/red neo-gothic building in the middle did actually use to look like this before it was redesigned and simplified into its current look. Here it is on streetview. Yes, it is the very same building.
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The last couple of shots from Floyen.

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40. Bergens suburban sprawl.

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The train from Oslo to Bergen takes around 7 hours alone and from what I could find it seems like the train from Malmř to Oslo takes around 7 hours too. So 14 hours + whatever time it takes to change train in Oslo.
What!? Why is it so slow?
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What!? Why is it so slow?
A lot is because the traintrack/infrastructure especially between Oslo and Bergen is ancient with only some very minor updates+upkeep.

In Norway, many fly between Oslo and Bergen, alternatively drive. Train is only (or at least mostly) for those with time to spare.
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What!? Why is it so slow?
Because the line is a old, outdated, single-railed thing that stops in every town along the way. It is not exactly high speed. It is not without reason Norwegians in general chose to fly and which is why we have some of the busiest air routes in Europe.

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