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TRONDHEIM - TOWARDS THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

NORTH BY TRAIN 7.5 HOURS - BACK BY AIR 45 MINUTES

overcast 9 °C

This last weekend Norma and I went to the small city of Trondheim that is about 90km south of the Arctic Circle. Trondheim has a population of 150,000 of which there are about 30,000 students who attend one of the four Universities in the place. I remarked to Katrina, (who was studying there, 'Q' why so many Universities here? - 'A' The cold is condusive to study, stay inside and keep warm - no beaches!. The remark about beaches- Katrina stayed with us at Little Bay. (Sorry Katrina- that was poetic licence)

We left Oslo Rail Station 8.45am (elevation 4.5 metres above sea level- Norwegian abbreviated translation M.O.H. 4.5 - English:" metres up height". A very useful thing about the Norwegian public transport service (which we found excellent) is that each carriage of each train, tram, T- bane, bus, ferry and each tram or bus shelter, T-bane station etc. has an electronic board that displays the Route, the next stop and the time till the next transport arrives plus in the Intercity trains the height of the station above sea level.

The train we travelled on was a 'Tilt Train' that leans on its wheel bogies as it rounds the curves and bends of the track. Which is an advantage as the routes follow the rivers and lakes and cut through tunnels to get to the next valley again as Norway has been put down in great heaps, separated by big rivers and fiords. The fiords vary in length up to 180km long from the sea. Trondheim fiord, 165km long, 600metres deepest point.

Typical valley- from train window

Typical valley- from train window

Raining

Raining

Another valley

Another valley

The only way to travel

The only way to travel

Roads and railways follow the valleys

Roads and railways follow the valleys

Houses and sheds with earth roofing. Many of these!

Houses and sheds with earth roofing. Many of these!

DOMBAS-Station display

DOMBAS-Station display

Mum- having a Pizza from the kiosk on the train.

Mum- having a Pizza from the kiosk on the train.

Typical northern railway station-KONGSVOLL.

Typical northern railway station-KONGSVOLL.

HJERKINN station  1,170metres above sea level.

HJERKINN station 1,170metres above sea level.

another view of Hjerkinn station

another view of Hjerkinn station

No more photos from the train More from Trondheim when we get there .Rain on the windows and in cloud. and temperature dropping

Posted by normaandjack 02:00 Archived in Norway

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