Seeing Norway from the inside

Post by Cindy

“Driving in Norway is like seeing the country from the inside.” I’ve heard this several times during our tours of Vestfold, Ostfold, and Telemark Counties, and it’s true!  There are lots of tunnels involved in the highway and railroad systems here.  While it seems like a mighty big project to tunnel through solid rock mountains, it’s easier (no trees to cut down first, no houses in the way) and has less impact on the environmental and scenic qualities of Norway, especially along the convoluted coastline. Krista says that all the tunnels remind her of the Likelike Highway on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii.  Needless to say, I think she must feel a bit disoriented when we exit one of the tunnels and come out into the scenery of Norway, which looks a lot like a combination of Michigan and the Algoma District of Ontario.  The road signs are in Norwegian, but our hosts speak flawless English. Just where exactly are we, anyway?

The world’s longest road tunnel is the 24.5km-long stretch of tunnel between Aurland and Laerdal on the new main highway connecting Oslo and Bergen.  See this link for more facts:
http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/laerdal-tunnel/

(photos below are of the Slottsfjelltunnelen in Tonsberg)

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