Discovering “Frozen” While Visiting My Family in Oslo, Norway (part II)

Arendelle
Arendelle

I’m back in Orlando after a wonderful 8 day trip to Norway. I never have enough time to do all the things I plan on doing, but spending time with my family is always the highlight. I have travelled to Norway at least a dozen times, and I am always fascinated by the stark beauty of the architecture and the people that I meet. Everyone there has been so friendly, welcoming and helpful. On top of that, the food is healthy, delicious and exciting. I’m now a big fan of Brunost or brown cheese! I even think Olaf mentions it in a song!

Kam and Don on the Train to Bergen
Kam and Don on the Train to Bergen

While there we took a 2-day trip to Bergen by train. The city Arendelle’s architecture is modeled on the quaint village. Leaving Oslo to head up to the Northern Part of Norway was exciting. We took an overnight train that took almost 8 hours, so there’s not much to report since we slept most of the way. We arrived in Bergen very early in the morning and started our adventure.

Donald at Bryggen Bergen
Donald at Bryggen Bergen

The train from Oslo to Bergen boasts the highest altitude of any other train route in Europe. I was watching the display on the train that announced each stop and the altitude. It’s probably the closest you can get to literally being “on top of the world” in a train. The pinnacle is on the route to Finse which show 1,222 meters above level, and the train also passes over a stretch called Hardangervidda, which is the highest mountainous plateau in Europe. It was exciting to see snow! It was a total Frozen tundra, even in early part of October.

Reconstructed Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen, a World Heritage SiteWhen we arrived in Bergen the next day we were struck by the similarity of the houses to the ones in the movie. I could see “Frozen” all over the place. I was expecting to see Anna or Olaf walking past me at any time. We took a stroll down by the old wharf at Bryggen and the Fish Market and saw the row of tiny houses that are prominent in the design of Arendelle! The row of houses are reconstructed Hanseatic buildings from 1792 and are a World Heritage Site. We stopped at a very old restaurant and enjoyed some local Bergen Fish soup and even some whale and reindeer.

We soaked in all the local and were so happy to have made the long trek to visit a place that was an inspiration for a Disney movie. I hope you all get to go there someday!

Finse, Norway - Top of the World
Finse, Norway – Top of the World
I found Mickey and Donald
I found Mickey and Donald

 

 

 

 

Whale and Reindeer
Whale and Reindeer

 

 

 

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Donald McCloskey

I’m currently retired! Yay! I worked 30 years as a Product Manager and Vice President for a major Securities Clearing Bank. I was Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York and moved to Downtown Orlando with my partner on July 4th of 2004. I love to travel and have been to many places in Asia and Europe as well as exotic places like Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Australia. I’m a computer geek, avid photographer, artist and I play guitar. I've been to every Disney Them Park in the world and have been to Disney World an estimate of 250 times, but more time than I can remember. Living in Orlando gives me the opportunity to visit as often as I want.

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