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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Stavanger June 10th 2014

Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) cruise and climb 9 June Today was a fantastic day. We saw some most amazing Norwegian scenery today and we spoke the Kerrie & Adam. We boarded the cruise ship/ferry in Stavanger Harbour and cruised out at about 10.00am passing the Petrolium Museum, the Old Cannery and all the beautiful harbour-side houses. We soon cruised into the Lysefjord which runs 45 km deep and 42km long. The fjord was formed by glaciers during the ice ages.During the most recent ice age, about 10,000 years ago, Norway was covered with a layer of ice that was around 2,000 metres thick. The day was overcast and the breeze was cool (actually cold if you weren't protected from the wind). We stayed on the top deck as we could see more...even though we got cold. ... read more
At Pulpit Rock (18)
Pulpit Rock Walk (4)
At Pulpit Rock (4)

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Stavanger June 10th 2014

Stavanger west coast of Norway 8 & 9 June We arrived in Stavanger at about 3.00pm and booked into Camping Mosvangen which is next to the water and is well appointed. We have stopped converting Norwegian Krone to AUD. However you may be interested to hear that diesel is $2.60 AUD a litre!!! We road our bikes into the town (took 15 minutes) after we booked into the caravan park and did some washing. The Old Town and the new city centre are either side of the main harbour of the city. Stavanger has only 126,000 people and is the 4th largest city in Norway. We had a good look around and visited the Petroleum Museum which was fascinating. Displays of submersibles, drilling equipment, a mock oil platform, and audio-visual presentations make for a good few ... read more
Sunset at 11.15pm at Stavanger (3)
Stavanger Central on west coast of Norway (1)
Stavanger Harbour on west coast of Norway (3)

Europe » Norway » Southern Norway » Flekkefjord June 8th 2014

Sandefjord to Flekkefjord - 7 June I am running behind on my blogs so will be only posting photos rather than a longer description of what we actually did. However it is suffice to say that the southern coast of Norway is beautiful. Yes you might get sick of hearing me say this (not really) but it was beautiful. The areas we traveled through are known for their fishing industry, including whaling (which they have now stopped). We also visited the most southern town in Norway as well as the most southern point.... read more
Sandefjord Norway (9)
Sandefjord Norway (11)
Sandefjord Norway Whale bones

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 7th 2014

Fredrikstad & Oslo Norway 5 & 6 June 2014 After crossing from Sweden into Norway with a heavy cloud in the sky and a little rain. Not even this could have lowered our spirits because we have been looking forward to actually seeing the amazing scenery we have seen in photos....and more. Norway is one of Europe's most sparsely populated countries. With a population of only 5 million people and a land area of 385,802 km2, the population density is only 16 inhabitants per km2. Most of the population are Norwegians. The indigenous Sami people traditionally inhabit the northern part of Norway, that along with parts of Sweden, Finland and Russia outlines an area known as Sapmi (or Sameland). Other recognized minorities are the Kven people, Jews, Forest Finns, and Norwegian Romani Travellers. In recent years, ... read more
Entering Norway (3)
Fredrikstad just north of Sweden-Norway border (12)
Fredrikstad just north of Sweden-Norway border (14)

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 7th 2014

Fredrikstad & Oslo Norway 5 & 6 June 2014 After crossing from Sweden into Norway with a heavy cloud in the sky and a little rain. Not even this could have lowered our spirits because we have been looking forward to actually seeing the amazing scenery we have seen in photos....and more. Norway is one of Europe's most sparsely populated countries. With a population of only 5 million people and a land area of 385,802 km2, the population density is only 16 inhabitants per km2. Most of the population are Norwegians. The indigenous Sami people traditionally inhabit the northern part of Norway, that along with parts of Sweden, Finland and Russia outlines an area known as Sapmi (or Sameland). Other recognized minorities are the Kven people, Jews, Forest Finns, and Norwegian Romani Travellers. In recent years, ... read more
Fredrikstad just north of Sweden-Norway border (16)
Troll Shop in Oslo Norway (2)
Our stickers on our motor home so people see we are from Australia (2)

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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway May 31st 2014

As the title suggest this is the start of my travel blog. Certainly this will be of concern to my loved ones on this earth. Family members can keep track and others who have interest. Writing always has been of interest to me and to share with others my experience in life is a worthy endeavor. Let me get to the travel part of this blog and say that at this time my residence has been in Norway for the last 24 years. This will not say that my total time has been spent here in Norway. I have traveled much and experienced much so the following information is a synopsis of the countries I have live and worked in for a minimum of three months. USA 36 years Norway 22 years Israel 14 months India ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Tromsø May 26th 2014

Au cours des prochains jours, nous vous ferons partager nos découvertes le long des fjords de Norvège à bord du Ruby Princess. Notre périple nous mènera au-delà du Cercle arctique, jusqu'au Cap Nord, le point le plus septentrional d'Europe.... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Sognefjord May 25th 2014

Gliding Through Serene Wilderness I am on a ship sailing along the west coast of Norway heading north and then east from Bergen to Flåm. It’s cold outside on the top deck. I ventured outside a few times to take photos but couldn’t stay out too long due to the cold breeze that even my wind proof raincoat couldn’t withstand. It’s lovely here – so much water and sky, pine trees and fresh air. Little houses nestled high up in the forest peeping out from among the pine trees. The view must be lovely from their lounge rooms. They must have squirrels and all sorts of woodland creatures in their garden. The mist covers the mountaintops as the ship glides through the waters. Everything feels calm and majestic. The water is like rippled glass, a beautiful ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen May 24th 2014

First Impressions of Bergen I am sitting by the water at a pub in central Bergen. Silver sunlight kisses reflect off the water and a cool breeze caresses my neck as I sit here sipping my champagne. I read about Svalbard in the magazine on the plane. Somewhere far north where polar bears roam, a place inhabited by only a handful of the most unlikely characters originally from all over the world, people who came to Svalbard and somehow couldn’t leave, all with a unique story. I made a mental note to put Svalbard on my “To Visit” list. Comfort Hotel with the not-so-comfortable pillows I arrived at almost midnight having flown out of Gatwick at 20:45 straight from the office with a quick detour for a couple of glasses of bubbly with a girlfriend to ... read more
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