In August of 2014, our Managing Director headed overseas to explore the great frontier of Norway. This Scandinavian nation is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Apart from the amazing landscape, this is due to the fact that Norse culture and government have prided themselves in being environmentally concious and friendly. Despite being a major oil-producing nation, the country generates less than half of its energy from fossil fuels. In particular, the government has taken many steps to preserve the beautiful landscapes that can be seen throughout our story. Enjoy :)
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Ferries are the common form of transportation in many parts of Norway that we visited. These vessels move both people and cars across Norway’s numerous Fjords and waterways. This particular body of water is called the Vestfjorden.
One of the most interesting parts of traveling this time of the year is the effect is has on sunrise and sunset. Given Norway’s latitude, sunsets in the summertime occur very late in the day (10-11PM). In some northern cities, a phenomenon called “Midnight Sun” creates 24 hours of continuous sunlight in the summer months.
This beautiful view is also above the Vestfjorden, after we had made the trip by boat and car.
Before setting up camp along the mountainside, we hiked through various aspects of Norway's trails and landscape. Views like this were profound and eye-opening.
Bergen is one of the major city centers in Norway. Most of the people that work there work for the national oil industry. They have a famous fish market that controversially sells whale meat. Weather is like seattle -- rains often.
One of the most striking features of driving through Norway is the sheer number of tunnels you must pass through to get around. Norway’s mountainous geography makes it far more economical to dig through than to drive over. The longest road tunnel in the world (25KM) is located in Norway and in the picture above you’ll notice bright blue lights inside the tunnel. These small alcoves in the tunnel are to change-up the scenery and keep drivers awake on their 20 minute journey through the tunnel.
Life in Norway is markedly different than here in the U.S. To describe it in other terms, its a nation with midwest vibes, New York style and pacific northwest landscapes - a little something for everyone with a vast variety to explore.
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