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Norway
The River Rauma
The River Rauma (30)
Trip Information
Trip Date:2008-07-07 - 2008-08-03
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Countries visited:Norway
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by Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 3033 N: 237] (11162)
My vacation started the moment we left our city by car. The first few days meant traveling through Germany, Denmark and Sweden. On arrival in Norway, we first spent two days near Oslo. We did some sightseeing and shopping in the city.

We left Oslo in the morning for a beautiful trip to Røros. We found a small and cozy campground just south or Røros near the village of Os. The days we spent here were filled with exploring Røros, the country side and some relaxing.

Or next travel brought us over the Dovrefjell to a campground positioned right under the Trollsveggen. Imagine that you are standing in a hallway with walls of 1800 meters high on both side and not more then 800 meters between the two walls. The result is that you end up with a soar neck…..you can’t stop looking up. Another effect of these two walls is the micro climate. Rain clouds cannot escape and sunlight has difficulties touching the ground. From out campground we made trips to the coast, Trollstigen and Andelsnes, but also explored a small part of the Rauma River which runs between the campground and Trollveggen.

Our next stop was a campground near Nordfjordeid. From here were visited the Geiganerfjord and Jostedalbreen National Park.

We departed the campground for a move to Lærdal. A fjord not as popular as many others, but with a great Salmon information Center. But Lærdall is probably more know for the longest tunnel (24.5 KM). From this location we made the trips over the Snovegen, to Fagernes and Aurland, but also relaxed and did some fishing.

We then decided to slowly move toward Bergen. We first stopped at a very small campground just past Vos near Evangervatnet. There we didn’t do much but visiting Vos.

Our goal was to get a campground between the west coast and Bergen so that we could visit both. We ended up at a large and crowded campsite east of Bergen. Our plan was to stay for about 5 days, but soon after our arrival we decided to visit Bergen for only one morning and leave the next day away from the crowd. It was great so see Bergen but the temperature was too high and walking in a city isn’t much fun when the sun burns on you.

Our decision to leave Bergen early was a good one. We drove to a small campsite in Ringoy with our feet almost touching the water of the Eidfjord And our back against the Hardangervidda. This was my last campsite and from here we visited the Hardangervidda, Eidfjord, Kinsarvik and later the airport of Bergen.