First Time Driving in Norway

In the beginning of summer 2019, I went on a Scandinavian trip. Started from Stockholm, then Bergen (and its surroundings), and ended in Copenhagen before continuing to Western Europe. Visiting Bergen might be a bit of a challenge since I wanted to visit Bergen's surrounding cities as well such as Flåm, Voss, and Myrdal. Since the train between those cities is quite expensive, and there are 4 of us, so we decided to rent a car. We rented the car from the Bergen Airport, and it was a all-wheel-drive Volvo V90 Diesel.

Volvo V90 AWD

Volvo V90 AWD

It was my first time driving a left hand drive car and driving a left hand drive car is very tricky for me since I live in a right hand drive country. I often went to the front-right door instead of the left one. I even keep using my left hand to change the gear lever (and of course on my left side are the power window switches). The biggest problem for me was the feeling. It was very strange to drive on the other side of the road, and I tend to swerve right till I drove over the right line (and it was a good thing that the V90 is equipped with lane departure warning system that keep me aware when I went over the line).

After a couple of days driving around the city of Bergen, finally I got my feelings right. I am not driving over the right line anymore, I am using my right hand to change the gear, and I am going to the correct side of the door. With that, we went outside Bergen.

The city of Bergen, Norway

The city of Bergen, Norway

First stop was Voss. The road connecting Bergen and Voss was a normal four lanes smooth freeway and nothing much. The things are getting better when we are approaching Voss, it became a two lanes twisty freeway through mountainous area. The freeway was so good, the car was nice, and the view are breathtaking.

A rest area on the way to Voss from Bergen

A rest area on the way to Voss from Bergen

Long story short, after several hours of driving, I've arrived in Voss. I had lunch with a spectacular view, and the city is very pretty as well. It is a small city and there are not much people in it. It was a very pleasant to drive in a city center without any congestion.

After that, I continued my journey towards Flåm. The freeway between Voss and Flåm is also two lanes twisty freeway through mountains. I went through tons of long tunnels, some of them might be several kilometers long. The view were even better, I drove by lot of blue lakes (sadly I can't take some pictures of them since I was driving). Flåm is even smaller than Voss, and of course less people in it.

A river in a residential area (yes I got lost) in Flåm

A river in a residential area (yes I got lost) in Flåm

Flåm is more touristy than Voss, since it has a harbor in the city. Usually, there are some cruise ships arrives and departs in the summer, bringing tourist to Flåm. The city is very quiet and peaceful, it seems that most of the activity happens around the harbor. Honestly, there nothing much to do in Flåm, but the view surrounding the city is tremendous. No matter where you look, it looks amazing! I'd love to have a cup of coffee and sit at the harbor just to enjoy the view, it is really that beautiful.

Flåm harbor.

Flåm harbor.

After Flåm, we're on our way to Myrdal. I don't know anything about the city Myrdal but apparently there is a beautiful waterfall there. Since the sun will be shining till at least 10pm, so we agreed to go there. From the car's satnav, it is only around 70km away so it should be fine. What we don't know, the car's satnav is outdated. There is a freeway going through the mountain between Flåm and Myrdal. Instead, we are heading towards the old route going over the mountain.

After 2 hours of driving, the road became narrower, and unpaved. But the satnav said keep going on, so we did. We drove through some fences, a pack of goats, and the view is even better. May be the road is a bit frightening--unpaved, on the edge of cliff, and there might be rocks falling from the top anywhere and anytime. What's more, I drove past a car after driving more than 10km! There are literally nobody is using this road anymore. Nevertheless, the view from the road is absolutely sublime.

Soon, we realized why there are no people using this road anymore: it is closed! The old road is too steep, narrow, and since it is unpaved, slippery. Therefore, any vehicles are prohibited to go through and it is only open for hikers. In the end, we didn't get to Myrdal but we might be lost in a spectacular place with breathtaking view.

A pic of me driving a Volvo in Norway because why not

A pic of me driving a Volvo in Norway because why not

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