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Edinburgh - The heart of a very proud Scotland

In 2004, Edinburgh declared first UNESCO City of Literature; Adam Smith, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander McCall Smith and JK Rowling

In 2004, Edinburgh declared first UNESCO City of Literature; Adam Smith, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander McCall Smith and JK Rowling

The oldest floral clock in the world dates from 1903

The oldest floral clock in the world dates from 1903

Royal Mile stretches from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royal Mile stretches from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Holyrood Palace was true home of Scotland's Stuart kings during their heyday (think Mary, Queen of Scots)

Holyrood Palace was true home of Scotland's Stuart kings during their heyday (think Mary, Queen of Scots)

Argyll car factory produced more cars than any other European factory in the early 1900s

Argyll car factory produced more cars than any other European factory in the early 1900s

Largest monument in the world to a writer; 1840s Neo-Gothic monument for Sir Walter Scott

Largest monument in the world to a writer; 1840s Neo-Gothic monument for Sir Walter Scott

Princes Street Gardens separates Old Town from New Town; was lake drained in 1870

Princes Street Gardens separates Old Town from New Town; was lake drained in 1870

Dolly (now stuffed) was the world's first cloned mammal; born in Edinburgh

Dolly (now stuffed) was the world's first cloned mammal; born in Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby; statue of dog reported to have stayed by his masters grave for 14 years

Greyfriars Bobby; statue of dog reported to have stayed by his masters grave for 14 years

View of Castle Hill from 823ft Arthur's Seat, the highest point in the city

View of Castle Hill from 823ft Arthur's Seat, the highest point in the city

Wealth of Nations (1776) is a classic work that was much discussed by our founders (Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson) as they framed our government

Wealth of Nations (1776) is a classic work that was much discussed by our founders (Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson) as they framed our government

National Museum of Scotland; interesting that city has lots of national buildings but it's not a nation

National Museum of Scotland; interesting that city has lots of national buildings but it's not a nation

15th century St. Giles Cathedral is the flagship of the Church of Scotland and Mother Church of Presbyterianism; John Knox preached here

15th century St. Giles Cathedral is the flagship of the Church of Scotland and Mother Church of Presbyterianism; John Knox preached here

Research has shown Edinburgh Castle to be the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world

Research has shown Edinburgh Castle to be the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world

Deacon Brodie was a city councilman by day but a burglar by night; city first in the world to have its own fire service

Deacon Brodie was a city councilman by day but a burglar by night; city first in the world to have its own fire service

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's most visited paid tourist attraction; way too crowded!

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's most visited paid tourist attraction; way too crowded!

Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat seen from Castle Hill; city built on remnants of ancient volcano

Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat seen from Castle Hill; city built on remnants of ancient volcano

1449 siege gun called Mons Meg could fire a 330 lb cannon ball more than 2 miles!

1449 siege gun called Mons Meg could fire a 330 lb cannon ball more than 2 miles!

The Great Hall - one of only two medieval halls in Scotland with an original hammerbeam roof; gorgeous

The Great Hall - one of only two medieval halls in Scotland with an original hammerbeam roof; gorgeous

1815 monument on Calton Hill honoring Horatio Nelson's 1805 victory at the Battle of Trafalgar

1815 monument on Calton Hill honoring Horatio Nelson's 1805 victory at the Battle of Trafalgar

Hiked up Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city; this was only day of my visit without rain

Hiked up Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city; this was only day of my visit without rain

Textiles was largest industry in Scotland during the 1800s and first half of the 1900s

Textiles was largest industry in Scotland during the 1800s and first half of the 1900s

National Museum of Scotland is like our Smithsonian; fascinating, comprehensive and free

National Museum of Scotland is like our Smithsonian; fascinating, comprehensive and free

Scottish National Gallery had impressive collection along with Scottish favorites

Scottish National Gallery had impressive collection along with Scottish favorites

Ferris wheel located next to Princes Street Gardens with nice views of the castle

Ferris wheel located next to Princes Street Gardens with nice views of the castle

My favorite work in the Scottish National Gallery, Venice in 1745 by Canaletto (admission free!)

My favorite work in the Scottish National Gallery, Venice in 1745 by Canaletto (admission free!)

Greyfriars Cemetery monuments abut houses in odd cohabitation

Greyfriars Cemetery monuments abut houses in odd cohabitation

Charlotte Square, in the New Town, is city's finest Georgian Square (1791)

Charlotte Square, in the New Town, is city's finest Georgian Square (1791)

I liked the building of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery better than the contents

I liked the building of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery better than the contents

Settlement started on Castle Hill back in the Bronze Age since the site was easily defended

Settlement started on Castle Hill back in the Bronze Age since the site was easily defended

Neo-classical Royal Scottish Academy building (1826) helped transform city into Athens of the North

Neo-classical Royal Scottish Academy building (1826) helped transform city into Athens of the North

Wylam Dilly (1813) is one of the world's two oldest surviving steam locomotives

Wylam Dilly (1813) is one of the world's two oldest surviving steam locomotives

Univ of Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013

Univ of Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013

Traditional Scottish pub; city home to the largest international annual arts festival, the Fringe, held in August

Traditional Scottish pub; city home to the largest international annual arts festival, the Fringe, held in August

Holyrood Palace (1628); Queen Elizabeth stays here one week a year in early summer

Holyrood Palace (1628); Queen Elizabeth stays here one week a year in early summer

Scottish Parliament building (2004); British parliament granted more Scottish self-rule in 1997

Scottish Parliament building (2004); British parliament granted more Scottish self-rule in 1997

Obelisk on Calton Hill remembers a group of 18th century patriots exiled to Australia for their reform politics

Obelisk on Calton Hill remembers a group of 18th century patriots exiled to Australia for their reform politics

Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park were popular in 1800s as sport of rock climbing began

Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park were popular in 1800s as sport of rock climbing began

David Hume was influential Scottish philosopher of 1700s; lots of statues but only one of a woman (Queen Victoria)

David Hume was influential Scottish philosopher of 1700s; lots of statues but only one of a woman (Queen Victoria)

1617 tenement building was skyscraper of the time; city was most densely populated in Europe

1617 tenement building was skyscraper of the time; city was most densely populated in Europe

St. Margaret's Chapel (early 12th century) is the oldest building in Edinburgh

St. Margaret's Chapel (early 12th century) is the oldest building in Edinburgh

Queen's Gallery features rotating exhibits from the royal art collection

Queen's Gallery features rotating exhibits from the royal art collection

Calton Hill features an unfinished replica of the Parthenon; sister city with San Diego

Calton Hill features an unfinished replica of the Parthenon; sister city with San Diego

Whiskey (and alcohol, in general) is big here; lots of homeless and beggars

Whiskey (and alcohol, in general) is big here; lots of homeless and beggars

The Great Hall (early 16th century); city population 465,000 while Glasgow has 615,000

The Great Hall (early 16th century); city population 465,000 while Glasgow has 615,000

Scottish National War Memorial honors the more than 200,000 Scots killed since 1900

Scottish National War Memorial honors the more than 200,000 Scots killed since 1900

Royal Palace fireplace; the Crown Room holds national crown, sceptre, sword and the Stone of Scone upon which monarchs were traditionally crowned

Royal Palace fireplace; the Crown Room holds national crown, sceptre, sword and the Stone of Scone upon which monarchs were traditionally crowned

Edinburgh Castle complex; locals tend to wear black, lots of tattoos, smoking and drinking

Edinburgh Castle complex; locals tend to wear black, lots of tattoos, smoking and drinking

Princes Street Gardens separates Castle Hill and the Old Town from the New Town; the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Princes Street Gardens separates Castle Hill and the Old Town from the New Town; the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

1844 Tolbooth Church is now home to the Edinburgh Arts Festival; 2015-2.3 million tickets for 50,000 performances over 25 days

1844 Tolbooth Church is now home to the Edinburgh Arts Festival; 2015-2.3 million tickets for 50,000 performances over 25 days

1584 Portcullis Gate and Argyle Tower at Edinburgh Castle; envied weather Jeff and Tamara had for their visit

1584 Portcullis Gate and Argyle Tower at Edinburgh Castle; envied weather Jeff and Tamara had for their visit

17th century Foog's Gate leads to the upper ward of Edinburgh Castle; city located on the Firth of Forth

17th century Foog's Gate leads to the upper ward of Edinburgh Castle; city located on the Firth of Forth

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place nightly in August; performance has TV audience of 100 million

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place nightly in August; performance has TV audience of 100 million

John Knox house; converted Scotland to a Calvinist style of Protestantism, Presbyterianism

John Knox house; converted Scotland to a Calvinist style of Protestantism, Presbyterianism

Luckily lots of international cuisine here since Scotland isn't known for its food

Luckily lots of international cuisine here since Scotland isn't known for its food

My hostel was an old dorm just off Cowgate St; street has existed since 1400s with oldest surviving building on it from 1544

My hostel was an old dorm just off Cowgate St; street has existed since 1400s with oldest surviving building on it from 1544

Sheer cliffs to the north and south with a steep ascent from the west made Edinburgh Castle a logical fortress; the only easy access is from the east where gates were built

Sheer cliffs to the north and south with a steep ascent from the west made Edinburgh Castle a logical fortress; the only easy access is from the east where gates were built

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Glasgow-magnificent in glory days;trying to stem decay now

George Square is the centerpiece of Glasgow with Neoclassical City Chambers and tall monument to Sir Walter Scott

George Square is the centerpiece of Glasgow with Neoclassical City Chambers and tall monument to Sir Walter Scott

Botanic Gardens; you'd think these people had never seen sunshine before; that's not too far wrong given city's normal rainy weather

Botanic Gardens; you'd think these people had never seen sunshine before; that's not too far wrong given city's normal rainy weather

Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone was born here; Cathedral was originally pink before pollution darkened it

Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone was born here; Cathedral was originally pink before pollution darkened it

Possibly the world's oldest bicycle at the Riverside Museum; two inventors have taken credit for the bike but both are Scottish

Possibly the world's oldest bicycle at the Riverside Museum; two inventors have taken credit for the bike but both are Scottish

Kelvingrove Museum, an 100  year old Spanish Baroque-style building, is known as the Scottish Smithsonian

Kelvingrove Museum, an 100+ year old Spanish Baroque-style building, is known as the Scottish Smithsonian

My favorite painting from the Kelvingrove, Sunset 1889, by Paul Signac; with Seurat, Signac helped develop the Pointillist style

My favorite painting from the Kelvingrove, Sunset 1889, by Paul Signac; with Seurat, Signac helped develop the Pointillist style

Lunch-time organ concert had a large audience (can't see them in this photo) at the Kelvingrove Museum, my favorite building in Glasgow

Lunch-time organ concert had a large audience (can't see them in this photo) at the Kelvingrove Museum, my favorite building in Glasgow

Lord Kelvin did pioneering work in math and physics while a professor at the University of Glasgow; lots of places in the city are named for him

Lord Kelvin did pioneering work in math and physics while a professor at the University of Glasgow; lots of places in the city are named for him

Second oldest Rolls-Royce; built in 1905, the car had 3 cylinders, leather upholstry, 15 horsepower and a retractable roof with top speed of 39 mph

Second oldest Rolls-Royce; built in 1905, the car had 3 cylinders, leather upholstry, 15 horsepower and a retractable roof with top speed of 39 mph

1888 Doulton Fountain, at 46 feet high and 70 feet across at its base, is the largest terracotta fountain in the world

1888 Doulton Fountain, at 46 feet high and 70 feet across at its base, is the largest terracotta fountain in the world

1855 St. Andrew's suspension bridge across the River Clyde; in 1992 Michael Jackson performed here on the Glasgow Green in front of 65000 fans

1855 St. Andrew's suspension bridge across the River Clyde; in 1992 Michael Jackson performed here on the Glasgow Green in front of 65000 fans

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art was once a private mansion belonging to a tobacco tycoon in the 1700s

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art was once a private mansion belonging to a tobacco tycoon in the 1700s

Several large universities with lots of Asian students; very few tourists here but local population is quite international

Several large universities with lots of Asian students; very few tourists here but local population is quite international

1626 Tolbooth Steeple built where the main streets of Glasgow crossed at that time

1626 Tolbooth Steeple built where the main streets of Glasgow crossed at that time

Oldest house in Glasgow, from 1451, is the only secular building in town from the Middle Ages

Oldest house in Glasgow, from 1451, is the only secular building in town from the Middle Ages

Buchanan Street is the main pedestrian street in town; famous Glaswegians include Andy Murray, Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Brown

Buchanan Street is the main pedestrian street in town; famous Glaswegians include Andy Murray, Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Brown

13th century Glasgow Cathedral is a rare example of an intact pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral

13th century Glasgow Cathedral is a rare example of an intact pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral

James Watt, naturally from Glasgow, perfected the steam engine that powered Europe into the Industrial Age

James Watt, naturally from Glasgow, perfected the steam engine that powered Europe into the Industrial Age

1847 Athenaeum was school and public library; city was at the forefront of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment

1847 Athenaeum was school and public library; city was at the forefront of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment

Van Gogh painted his flatmate, a Glasgow art dealer, in this 1887 work from the Kelvingrove Museum

Van Gogh painted his flatmate, a Glasgow art dealer, in this 1887 work from the Kelvingrove Museum

Lord Lister was a Glaswegian surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics; Listerine was named for him (1879)

Lord Lister was a Glaswegian surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics; Listerine was named for him (1879)

Christ of St. John on the Cross (1951) by Salvador Dali is the most famous painting at the Kelvingrove Museum

Christ of St. John on the Cross (1951) by Salvador Dali is the most famous painting at the Kelvingrove Museum

Clyde, an anthropomorphic thistle, was the mascot from the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow

Clyde, an anthropomorphic thistle, was the mascot from the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was world-famous Scottish architect and designer; 1900 tea room

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was world-famous Scottish architect and designer; 1900 tea room

University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world

University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world

The Blackstone Chair (1776) was used at the University of Glasgow for oral examinations; the time-glass atop the chair signaled when the 20 minutes was up

The Blackstone Chair (1776) was used at the University of Glasgow for oral examinations; the time-glass atop the chair signaled when the 20 minutes was up

SJ Peploe was a famed Post-Impressionist painter and one of four artists who came to be known as the Scottish Colourists; Roses, 1920

SJ Peploe was a famed Post-Impressionist painter and one of four artists who came to be known as the Scottish Colourists; Roses, 1920

1908 Stanley car was steam-powered; it was quiet, reliable and fast but took 25 minutes to start

1908 Stanley car was steam-powered; it was quiet, reliable and fast but took 25 minutes to start

2013 arena has distinctive, translucent outer cushions; in 2016, it ranked as world's 8th busiest in terms of ticket sales

2013 arena has distinctive, translucent outer cushions; in 2016, it ranked as world's 8th busiest in terms of ticket sales

1898 People's Palace was designed to provide a cultural center for the east end of the city; at the time, the most unhealthy and overcrowded area

1898 People's Palace was designed to provide a cultural center for the east end of the city; at the time, the most unhealthy and overcrowded area

The Kelvingrove Museum had tons of interesting exhibits; 1986 face on glass bowl

The Kelvingrove Museum had tons of interesting exhibits; 1986 face on glass bowl

City has the most unhealthy population I've ever seen; huge percentage smoke, lots of drinking, poor diet, most obese; so different from Norway

City has the most unhealthy population I've ever seen; huge percentage smoke, lots of drinking, poor diet, most obese; so different from Norway

City trying to reverse decades of urban decay with new projects like museums and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

City trying to reverse decades of urban decay with new projects like museums and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

In early 1900s Glasgow had 1.2 million people making it one of Europe's largest cities; today the city only has half that population

In early 1900s Glasgow had 1.2 million people making it one of Europe's largest cities; today the city only has half that population

Disappointed in St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art; contrasts world religions but very cursory

Disappointed in St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art; contrasts world religions but very cursory

Old building has been updated with steel peacocks and foliage; Scotland is very pro-EU and anti-Trump

Old building has been updated with steel peacocks and foliage; Scotland is very pro-EU and anti-Trump

A century ago Glasgow produced 25% o the world's oceangoing vessels; locals are known for their hard to understand (even for the Scottish) accents

A century ago Glasgow produced 25% of the world's oceangoing vessels; locals are known for their hard to understand (even for the Scottish) accents

Glasgow Science Center across the River Clyde from the city center; mainly for youth education

Glasgow Science Center across the River Clyde from the city center; mainly for youth education

The Hunterian Museum, at the University of Glasgow, is the oldest in Scotland and known for its many human biological specimens

The Hunterian Museum, at the University of Glasgow, is the oldest in Scotland and known for its many human biological specimens

The Necropolis is the 19th century burial hill that was developed as Glasgow's population exploded with the Industrial Age

The Necropolis is the 19th century burial hill that was developed as Glasgow's population exploded with the Industrial Age

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Kjeragbolten-spectacular hike with ultimate photo op

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Lee waited an hour to step on the boulder; I wasn't about to get out there given my bad balance

Lee waited an hour to step on the boulder; I wasn't about to get out there given my bad balance

This lamb really enjoyed having his neck scratched; I enjoyed the break hiking back down

This lamb really enjoyed having his neck scratched; I enjoyed the break hiking back down

I reached the top just as it was Lee's turn for photos on the boulder; we then took some selfies to show that I actually made it all the way up

I reached the top just as it was Lee's turn for photos on the boulder; we then took some selfies to show that I actually made it all the way up

Lysefjord features 1000m cliffs while, in places, the fjord is as deep as the cliffs are high

Lysefjord features 1000m cliffs while, in places, the fjord is as deep as the cliffs are high

Hike is, literally, up, down, up, down, up, down and then it all again in reverse

Hike is, literally, up, down, up, down, up, down and then it all again in reverse

After driving 3 hours I was happy to stretch my legs; this was just more stretching than I needed

After driving 3 hours I was happy to stretch my legs; this was just more stretching than I needed

Up the first hill; restaurant has panoramic view of Lysebotn, the glacial valley and the Lysefjord

Up the first hill; restaurant has panoramic view of Lysebotn, the glacial valley and the Lysefjord

Steepest sections featured guide chains where you had to pull yourself up the rock; going down they weren't needed as much

Steepest sections featured guide chains where you had to pull yourself up the rock; going down they weren't needed as much

You can see the first valley section before climb up second hill begins; hikes is 9km each way (about 12 miles total)

You can see the first valley section before climb up second hill begins; hikes is 9km each way (about 12 miles total)

Up second hill; hike lies in weak tectonic zone where river dug into sandstone mountain; when sea levels rose following the last ice age the river valleys flooded creating fjords

Up second hill; hike lies in weak tectonic zone where river dug into sandstone mountain; when sea levels rose following the last ice age the river valleys flooded creating fjords

All of Norway was once covered by glaciers; the famous boulder at the top was deposited about 50000 years ago

All of Norway was once covered by glaciers; the famous boulder at the top was deposited about 50000 years ago

You can see hikers headed up again on the right side of photo and on the top; glad it was dry and not slippery

You can see hikers headed up again on the right side of photo and on the top; glad it was dry and not slippery

Pulpit Rock also overlooks the Lysefjord but from the other side; there are only two villages along its 42 kms, one at each end

Pulpit Rock also overlooks the Lysefjord but from the other side; there are only two villages along its 42 kms, one at each end

On top of the hills you felt like you were on top of the world and could see forever; actually only 3250 feet above sea level

On top of the hills you felt like you were on top of the world and could see forever; actually only 3250 feet above sea level

You can't see the famous boulder but you can see the long line of people waiting to have their photo taken on it

You can't see the famous boulder but you can see the long line of people waiting to have their photo taken on it

Kjeragbolten is a 5 cubic meter boulder wedged in a crevasse suspended above a 3228 abyss; can't believe no one falls

Kjeragbolten is a 5 cubic meter boulder wedged in a crevasse suspended above a 3228 abyss; can't believe no one falls

Cairns were used to mark the trail although there were so many people you just had to follow everyone else

Cairns were used to mark the trail although there were so many people you just had to follow everyone else

No trains serve Lysebotn and there's only one road in which has 27 hairpin bends and descends 3000 feet; most residents work in the hydroelectric plants

No trains serve Lysebotn and there's only one road in which has 27 hairpin bends and descends 3000 feet; most residents work in the hydroelectric plants

Some of the cairns were gravity-defying but didn't even wobble; two nearby hydroelectric plants are both built inside mountains

Some of the cairns were gravity-defying but didn't even wobble; two nearby hydroelectric plants are both built inside mountains

Yes! The parking lot is in sight and I'm still in one piece; loved hiking in Norway

Yes! The parking lot is in sight and I'm still in one piece; loved hiking in Norway

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Pulpit Rock-relatively short hike with stupendous views

I wasn't about to get close to the edge but Lee was fearless

I wasn't about to get close to the edge but Lee was fearless

Had to do a selfie at the top; remote area with no houses (lots of trampolines) or roads (lots of Teslas) nearby

Had to do a selfie at the top; remote area with no houses (lots of trampolines) or roads (lots of Teslas) nearby

250,000 tourists do the hike every summer; it's about 2 hrs (although only 2.4 kms) each way

250,000 tourists do the hike every summer; it's about 2 hrs (although only 2.4 kms) each way

You can barely see Stavanger in the distance; we stayed at Pulpit Rock Lodge to avoid the extra hour drive each way

You can barely see Stavanger in the distance; we stayed at Pulpit Rock Lodge to avoid the extra hour drive each way

Major effort to assemble picnic table up here; typical Norwegian special touch to enjoy scenery

Major effort to assemble picnic table up here; typical Norwegian special touch to enjoy scenery

Steps and more steps; Pulpit Rock has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN and Lonely Planet

Steps and more steps; Pulpit Rock has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN and Lonely Planet

Almost there and maybe I shouldn't have looked over the edge; cliff goes straight down almost 2000 ft to the Lysefjord

Almost there and maybe I shouldn't have looked over the edge; cliff goes straight down almost 2000 ft to the Lysefjord

Never any guardrails or fences since Norwegian government says 'we can't fence in all the nature in this country'; people are also more careful this way

Never any guardrails or fences since Norwegian government says 'we can't fence in all the nature in this country'; people are also more careful this way

A few tourist boats and ferries ply the Lysefjord but the views would just be sheer cliffs; much better to do the hike

A few tourist boats and ferries ply the Lysefjord but the views would just be sheer cliffs; much better to do the hike

Middle of the afternoon but getting quite dark as rain moves in so camera used flash

Middle of the afternoon but getting quite dark as rain moves in so camera used flash

When the rains came Lee found a cave but I got wet and was stuck talking to three drunk guys from Latvia

When the rains came Lee found a cave but I got wet and was stuck talking to three drunk guys from Latvia

Supposedly there have been no accidental deaths here although a few have committed suicide (downplayed to not encourage others)

Supposedly there have been no accidental deaths here although a few have committed suicide (downplayed to not encourage others)

Pulpit Rock is 25m by 25m; formed during Ice Age 10,000 yrs ago when the glacier edges reached the cliff

Pulpit Rock is 25m by 25m; formed during Ice Age 10,000 yrs ago when the glacier edges reached the cliff

Hiked down in the pouring rain; glad to have made it without falling

Hiked down in the pouring rain; glad to have made it without falling

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Geirangerfjord offers Norway's most amazing fjord scenery

View of Geirangerfjord from Dalsnibba lookout

View of Geirangerfjord from Dalsnibba lookout

Walkway parallels roaring waterfall from the top of village down to tiny RVs and a large cruise ship that looks quite small

Walkway parallels roaring waterfall from the top of village down to tiny RVs and a large cruise ship that looks quite small

Insane road built to have jaw-dropping views

Insane road built to have jaw-dropping views

The fjord is 15 kms long and less than a mile wide at its widest point; it's a branch of the Great Fjord

The fjord is 15 kms long and less than a mile wide at its widest point; it's a branch of the Great Fjord

This waterfall, known as The Suitor, is across the fjord from the Seven Sisters; it's a long story

This waterfall, known as The Suitor, is across the fjord from the Seven Sisters; it's a long story

Ornesvingen viewpoint looking towards Geiranger; several large cruise ships per day call on tiny village

Ornesvingen viewpoint looking towards Geiranger; several large cruise ships per day call on tiny village

Perfect cabin for me if it has access to a bathroom; rare to see large, chain hotels outside of cities

Perfect cabin for me if it has access to a bathroom; rare to see large, chain hotels outside of cities

Farms (such as the one seen at top) were few and far between along the fjord; imagine the rigors of daily life!

Farms (such as the one seen at top) were few and far between along the fjord; imagine the rigors of daily life!

The Seven Sisters waterfall; researchers have discovered people inhabited the area back in the Stone Age

The Seven Sisters waterfall; researchers have discovered people inhabited the area back in the Stone Age

Fjord is endangered by a mountain that is eroding; a collapse would produce a tsunami that would hit Geiranger in less than 10 minutes

Fjord is endangered by a mountain that is eroding; a collapse would produce a tsunami that would hit Geiranger in less than 10 minutes

Lucky cruise ship at the end of the rainbow

Lucky cruise ship at the end of the rainbow

Bridalveil Falls; lodging is a challenge since the village is so small, hence the large number of campers

Bridalveil Falls; lodging is a challenge since the village is so small, hence the large number of campers

Eagle's Nest is the road down to the fjord from the north; it is one of only two roads to Geiranger and is closed in the winter

Eagle's Nest is the road down to the fjord from the north; it is one of only two roads to Geiranger and is closed in the winter

The fjord inspired the scenic views and drawings in the animated Disney movie - Frozen

The fjord inspired the scenic views and drawings in the animated Disney movie - Frozen

Just ignore the woman working in her front yard

Just ignore the woman working in her front yard

VIew out our window at historic hotel near Geiranger

VIew out our window at historic hotel near Geiranger

Lee admiring view 1500 meters above Geirangerfjord at Dalsnibba lookout

Lee admiring view 1500 meters above Geirangerfjord at Dalsnibba lookout

Kaiser Wilhelm visited Geirangerfjord every summer until World War 1; cruise ship tourism began in the late 19th century

Kaiser Wilhelm visited Geirangerfjord every summer until World War 1; cruise ship tourism began in the late 19th century

Geiranger is the second most popular cruise destination in Norway after only Bergen

Geiranger is the second most popular cruise destination in Norway after only Bergen

UNESCO status is threatened by the disputed plans to build power lines across the fjord (they are across practically every fjord)

UNESCO status is threatened by the disputed plans to build power lines across the fjord (they are across practically every fjord)

Geirangerfjord is one of only two Norwegian fjords to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites; I thought all of the fjords were amazing

Geirangerfjord is one of only two Norwegian fjords to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites; I thought all of the fjords were amazing

There are no roads or towns (just at the ends) along the fjord so you just have the natural beauty to admire

There are no roads or towns (just at the ends) along the fjord so you just have the natural beauty to admire

You know the scenery is spectacular when Lee doesn't doze off!

You know the scenery is spectacular when Lee doesn't doze off!

Campers very popular but driving not for everyone with narrow, winding, one lane roads

Campers very popular but driving not for everyone with narrow, winding, one lane roads

More than 300,000 visitors each summer descend on this tiny village of only 200 people

More than 300,000 visitors each summer descend on this tiny village of only 200 people

The Norwegian Fjord Center blends in well but was closed when we were there; many public buildings, like this one, were brand new

The Norwegian Fjord Center blends in well but was closed when we were there; many public buildings, like this one, were brand new

Norway behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil exports

Norway behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil exports

Commentary on our cruise told the interesting history of the farm families that occupied this area not so long ago

Commentary on our cruise told the interesting history of the farm families that occupied this area not so long ago

Historical documents show farms here from at least the 17th century; today they host hikers in the summer

Historical documents show farms here from at least the 17th century; today they host hikers in the summer

Lee and I enjoyed the obligatory fjord cruise since it's the only way to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lee and I enjoyed the obligatory fjord cruise since it's the only way to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dramatic mountains are more than 1700 meters high while fjord is 260 meters deep; fjord is one of Norway's most popular natural attractions

Dramatic mountains are more than 1700 meters high while fjord is 260 meters deep; fjord is one of Norway's most popular natural attractions

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