Norway Day 3. Oslo to Flam. Today we traveled from Oslo to Flam via train. I woke up again at 4:30 AM. At 5:30 Marc was also awake. We gave up on sleep and got up at 6:45 and started getting ready. We had a leisurely breakfast from 7:30 to 8:00-ish and we headed to the opera house. We had decided on a late morning train to give us time to sleep in—ha! Outside we discovered it was sunny. Not a cloud in the sky! I was finally warm enough in one base layer, a zippy layer and my North Face jacket. The opera house was only 10 minutes away. There were tons of bike commuters out riding on designated bike paths. Nice! We walked to the roof of the opera house then back down, taking lots of little breaks. There are a bunch of obnoxious Norwegian youth on the roof so we didn’t feel like lingering. But I was so glad the sun had come out to reward us with the gorgeous views.
Back to the hostel, about an hour total walking. We went to the communal area and I had 2 cups of hot water as my throat was feeling scratchy. I felt tired and I hoped I would be able to make it to Flam okay. Shay texted us some videos and photos of the kitties which I appreciated but it made me miss them more. I felt myself alternating between enjoying myself, missing them and feeling panicked when I think how far away from home we are.
We checked out of the hostel and picked up the takeaway hostel lunches that I had ordered the day before. They were 50 kroner for 2 lunches and such a great deal. Each lunch included a huge baguette sandwich with cheese, ham, mayo, cucumber and tomato. It also had a bag of chips, a bottle of 100% orange juice, one yogurt, and a huge container of fresh oranges and grapefruit. This would be our bargain meal of the trip.
We made it to Oslo central station okay, dragging our wheeled bags along the cobblestones. Oslo central station is really cool. They have lots of cool shops, restaurants and an awesome grocery store with a huge deli section. We checked out the various foods and beers they had.
We made it to the gate plenty early. There was a supermarket by our gate so I went to check it out and ended up buying a bunch of chocolates that I had read are good in an article on Norwegian chocolate. Each candy bar was like $2-3 US dollars. We got on the train and I was feeling a bit panicked because a large group of obnoxious tourists was pushing their way onto the train and stuffing all of their luggage into the bin near our seats. I was worried they would be sitting in the seats facing ours, but no one ended up sitting there so we had a little 4-some of seats to ourselves.
There was so much gorgeous scenery! We played cards but I just wanted to sit and watch scenery and listen to my audiobook. We went up really high, like 1000 km above sea level? There was tons of snow so all you could see was snow and ice and the occasional little house. We ate our hostel lunch which was so good. I was only able to eat half the sandwich. The dining car on the train had pre-packaged lefse with butter and cinnamon sugar, it was just okay though not nearly as good as grandma’s.
We got to Myrdal and the train was a few minutes late. There was an announcement about how sorry they were that the train was a few minutes late, gotta love the Nordic appreciation for efficiency and timeliness! In Myrdal, we had another big disappointment. The thing I had most been looking forward to on the trip was biking from Myrdal to Flam. But Myrdal was covered in snow and I knew this bike ride would not be possible. The Flamsbana was almost empty with only eight people or so per car. I was a little disappointed in the train ride. Maybe because it was overcast and went to read and not all the trees had leaves so it wasn’t as lush and green as I’d imagine it would be.
Flam was overcast too. It was an 8 minute walk to the hostel. The hostel has lots of cute cabins, but we discovered we were in a small room with bunk beds! There were annoying kids making a lot of noise in the communal kitchen, too… Marc was exhausted and said he had a horrible headache all day, so we finished off the food from our lunch and Marc went to bed super early at 7:00. I decided to rent a bike from the hostel since Marc wasn’t really keen on biking anyway.
I got the bike and peddled around the town which is very small but eventually I found this awesome bike trail. It went along the Fjord on the way to Aurland. It was an awesome bike trail! I took my time and stopped and took lots of pictures. Even though it was overcast the views were pretty. There was a huge slate wall of the gray and black rock and I took a huge chunk of it back to the room. I turned the bike in at 9 PM and went to bed.