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We start this section from the Jæren district of Rogaland on the south-west coast of Norway and travel north to Stavenger. We take the Tau ferry and follow the amazingly scenic Tourist Route 13 generally heading north east across Norway. We skirt along the edges of the many fjords, lakes and rivers taking way too many photos of this beautiful country. The road tunnelled through spectacular mountains and ran beside majestic waterfalls. Apart from the impressive scenery we wandered through the streets of 'old town' Stavenger, visited historic Stave Churches, hiked up to 'museum' farms to get a feel for historic Norway as well. We have only seen a small part of Norway so far but it is looking like it will be one of our favorite countries! .
From the town of Odda in Hordaland we drive through more of Norway's stunning scenery as we zig-zag our way to Flam. We were amazed at the tunnels through the majestic mountains. The tunnels are so big that they have roundabouts in them. Highlights of this part of the trip were the stunning waterfalls and the campspots we found on the edge of fjords or raging rivers. We soaked up a bit of local culture as we passed through the small towns visiting churches and trying sweet breads and pastries.
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This part of Norway's Sogn og Fjordane County, from Flam to Hemsedal in Buskerud County, is stunningly beautiful. We managed to find campsites amongst majestic mountains and beside river rapids. Highlights were the Flam Scenic Railway trip up into the mountains and the Cruise through the fjords, especially the Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjorden. Wow! We are always interested in the culture and history associated with the churches and the Borgund Stave Church was one of the better ones for that. Our drive through the picturesque Hemsedal Alpine Area ended with a wonderful campsite on the Morkedola River..
We continue to have good weather as we drive through Norway from Buskerud County to Oslo County and then into Sweden. We weren't done with impressive waterfalls yet it seems. The walk to Rjukandefoss (waterfall) and suspension bridge was a highlight as well as the Honefoss Falls that power through the centre of that town. We visited our last Norwegian Stave Church at Gol and camped beside the beautiful Lake Harestua. We also really enjoyed our visit to beautiful and historic Oslo, the capital of Norway. Heading south, it wasn't long before we were in Sweden. More history dating from the Bronze Ages through the 1800s... Our wander around the Viking Site at Blomsholm and Fossum's prehistoric rock carvings contrasted sharply with our visits to the medieval Bohus Fortress and Tjoloholm Castle.