From Rygge to Flåm
The night was hectic. Another pair of socks, plus a T-Shirt, tickets printed a few days before … a suitcase was composed without exaggeration. As a carry-on bag, should fit into the standardized measure of the flight company “low cost” we choose.
We left after 23h to scroll through half the country to Faro airport. The flight was at 7 am and we wanted to make the trip with some “margin of maneuver” and unhurriedly.
With a few stops on the way to refresh our face and taking turns in driving, we arrived at the airport with the planned advance. It was practically deserted.
Gradually came some employees and passengers of these early flights.
With online check-in done, we dealt with the seats in the plane barely opened the door. At the scheduled time we went to Rygge, Norway.
The expectation and anxiety were immense. Although a lot of research done by browsing in dozens of Norwegian tourist websites, nothing would prepare me for what I would find.
The flight of about four hours went well, given the permanent “market” to which we are subject, from “drinks and snacks” to perfumes, through mobile phone cards … at any time waiting for the entry of a carpet salesman but that did not happen …
I’m over 24 hours awake and thus continued to be … sleep was definitely out of the question.
We arrived at Rygge few minutes before the scheduled time. After the car rental, we went to another stage of the adventure. We face a journey of about five hours on the roads of Norway to Flåm where we have reserved accommodation for the first few days.
Who has conducted in Norway, you know what that means … speeding is something unthinkable … at controlled speeds of 50 to 80 km / hour, even outside of the localities, the constant radar that we were finding on the trip would not let us forget the transit rules.
I’m still awake.
Empty stomachs advised us to stop in a “fast food” tent in the middle of the trip. How wonderful taste that plasticized food. I believe something to chew on at that time would have taste well, very well even, believe me.
With increasing altitude, I witnessed the changing landscape. From the green fields and blue lakes, we came to the high mountains covered with sparkling white and icy lakes that supported them.
Flåm, the destination chosen for the first few days in Norway, was at hand.
After crossing one last tunnel, the village who would welcome us it was now visible. Not being too crowded, easily we found the accommodation booked.
Next to a small marina, our apartment surprised us. With a phenomenal views to the fjords, we didn’t want to believe in this luck that we had. On the balcony, the cameras had no rest. Gradually we were going to “unpacking” the backpacks …
Already installed, we go out for a recognition Flåm. The picturesque town has a railway station and a seaport with capacity for large cruise ships. They were in fact several that we saw in the dock during our stay.
A “souvenirs” store, a small supermarket, two restaurants / bars and two hotels are basically all of the services offer existing in Flåm.
In the mini market we bought groceries to filled the kitchen cabinet with the basic necessities … bread, milk, water and whatever we considered essential for breakfast (all of the other foods, we would go outside).
For the perfect end to the evening, we delight in with a little luxury. We bought peanuts and along with a Norwegian beer were our company as the sun hide behind the fjords.
We savor the moment.
For this time of year (May) no night falls completely in some areas of Norway. It is a permanent twilight. We wonder at the beginning but nothing that we do not prevent them from recovering the lost hours of sleep from the day before.
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