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September 13, 2012 / samwilson60

Bridges, tunnels and toll roads

What we have learned on this sunny day is that bridges are great, tunnels expensive and toll roads simply confusing.

We sprinted off first thing, or almost, to the famous Atlantic Highway and its seven or so bridges out across the sea – yet more water but quite a contrast with the more inland fjords.

After this little diversion we had to take two tunnels under the sea, into and out of Kristiansund. Having thought it extravagant to spend so much on boats, we have now decided that over is definitely preferable to under!

And this being Norway, the spending doesn’t stop there, try as you might. The weird thing about toll roads, however, is that they tell you how much it costs but give absolutely no indication of how you are supposed to pay it. Mum and Dad: we think we may get a bill in the post!

Once we’d given up trying to pay our road tolls, we headed into Trondheim to meet cousin Jon and, in theory, find a bed for the night. Unfortunately the hostel was closed for refurbishments and budget hotels are not within our budget, so we had a whistle-stop tour of the city (thank you Jon) and at sunset headed out to the nearest campsite, once again overlooking a fjord.

We must now be about a third of the way up the country and after lots of fun diversions and sightseeing, have our sights firmly set on the Arctic Circle and Nordkapp, or Cape Cold, beyond.


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  1. Stevie Wong / Sep 16 2012 9:28 am

    Ahh, toll roads. I think me, Ben and James can tell you a little about toll roads and having no clue as to how to pay. Our solution was to drive off whilst listening to the alarms going off behind us.

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