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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Orkney Islands September 18th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 36 Orkney 13th September Orkney - Isles of History The morning sun shone in greeting as we approached the grey exterior of Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital. But once inside the town we were stunned by an unexpected air of affluence. The red sandstone Cathedral of St Magnus stands proudly above Broad Street, bright with hanging baskets on smart Victorian buildings and elegant modern shops. Shrubs, trees and flowers adorn the town’s gardens and mature sycamores surround the ruins of the Earl’s Palace behind the Cathedral. The shops portray immediate evidence of Orkney’s successful craft tradition; it is famed for its jewellery, knitwear, glass, art and textiles. At first sight, the mainland of Orkney is a green continuation of the shining sea, with broad fertile pastures, cows and sheep and fields of barley rising ... read more
The Old Man of Hoy

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands September 8th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 35. Shetland September 2005 The Vicar and Sweeney Todd Shetland enjoys weather. Not good or bad weather particularly, but mostly wet or windy, and, more often than not, both very wet and very windy. In our brief affair with these Islands we have experienced only the ‘very’ bits so far, curtailing much of our planned walking excursions somewhat. ‘It’s been a bad summer this year,’ they all cry! Where have we heard that before? The best way to find out about the weather is to listen the BBC forecasts. They don’t usually include these islands of course; the presumption being that the UK ends somewhere just north of Glasgow. It’s no good asking a local either - unless you’re a local of course. Damp or rainy weather is called, ‘weety’. Dag, grop, ... read more
Shetland ponies

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands August 30th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 34. Norway to Shetland August 2005 Castaway nomads on Faroe - and onwards to Shetland Given the choice of staying in Norway or travelling on the ‘Norrona’ to Faroe and Iceland at the Ferry-Line’s expense, what would you do? When opportunity for adventure knocks we’re not known to be slow on the uptake! I had some idea where Faroe and Iceland were from hours of pouring over my World Atlas as a young lad. Still being relatively young and up early to do the paper-round every morning, I also remembered the fascination of daily shipping forecasts at 5.55am. ‘Rockall, Malin, Bailey, Hebrides, FairIsle, Faroes, S E Iceland,.....north easterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale force 8, backing southerly, 1014mb, some precipitation, clearing later; Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, five to six, easing westerly, ... read more
Torshaven - Faroe's capital

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen August 25th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 33 Norway 23rd August 2005 Travels along the big fjords to Bergen It was ‘Turn up the Wow-Meter’ time as we pulled on to narrow winding roads edging the steep-sided mountains cascading dramatically into the fjords, with Janice at the wheel. We were entering the spectacular deep- cut fjords for which this country is famous, and its fruit growing centre where cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apples and plums abound, where roses grow around cottage doors and fresh trees carpet the hillsides; horse chestnut, ash, hazel, lime, sycamore, elm, rowan bright with regal berries, and pine and spruce climb gracefully to the tree-line. Time to sample a few raspberries with sour cream for tea. There is a certain magic about the fjords of Norway without equal anywhere else in Europe. It is the magic ... read more
Fiords (Fjords)
Jostedal Glacier
Jostedal Glacier

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen August 17th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 32. Norway 17th August 05 Around about the middle: Stjordal, Trondheim, Roros, Oppdal, Doverfjell, Dombas, Rondane Park, Vagamo and Lom. The school holidays have come to an end here and fields of buttercups have been sacrificed to the hay barns for the long winter ahead. The sun now sets at night and the martins and swallows are heading south as we prepare to travel with them for our migration across the North Sea, from Norway's beautiful Bergen, to Shetland, way to the north of Scotland, on the 23rd August. But there is still much to see and do before we leave these shores. Our campsite host at Stjordal, the local farmer and entrepreneur, had many strings to his bow; a carbon copy of our good friend Roy, back home at Little Lodge ... read more
Cabins in Norwegian sunlight

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Lofoten Islands August 9th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 31. Norway 10th August 2005 The beautiful Lofoten Islands - and back to the mainland Above the Arctic Circle and heading south. Fiskebol, Svolvaer, Lofotr, Å, Flakstad, Bodo, Svartisen Glacier, Lovund, Trondheim The Viking Gods were against us as we arrived by ferry on the island of Lofoten. Our dreams of dazzling fjords and sunlit dramatic scenery vanished in a haze of damp mist and drizzle as soon as we landed at the dock in Fiskebol. But we have never let a small thing like rain spoil our day. The outline of grey mountains rising at 60 degrees from windswept fjords and dark clouds masking a determined sun were still dramatic and exciting. That day was also a day of magnificent rainbows; great arches of brilliant colour casting pots of gold on ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Lofoten Islands August 4th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 30. Sweden August 2005 Abisko in Sweden and west to Norway’s beautiful Lofoten Islands There is a chair lift in Sweden’s largest National Park at Abisko. Rising to about 3,000ft, the Linbana lift ferries skiers to the top in winter and walkers and tourists in the summer. We took the easy way up and hiked the five-hour trail across wild hill-bog rich with flowers, down to the dense birch forest and scrubby willow deep in the valley below. We went there for the walking and to see the birds of course; and we were not disappointed. Even as we ascended in the cable car a hawk owl flew across our path and perched on a tree below, and a pair of willow grouse with their young looked up as we passed. A ... read more
Abisco National park
Kungsleden Trail
Public Toilets

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Lofoten Islands July 30th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 29 Norway July 2005 Europe - from the top down. Northern Norway Nordkapp. The most northerly point of Europe, on the island of Magoya. Picture a magnificent cliff, ragged peaks and tiny dark islands. Picture a knot of people bent into the wind at a lookout point high above a raging sea, gazing north to the distant horizon, dreaming of snow and ice, polar bears, brave explorers, and the North Pole, just 1,100Km distant. Then, dream on. As David, a young Polish hitch-hiker plucked from the roadside in the bitter arctic wind and rain described it, ‘The Visitor Centre was a bit like MacDonalds.’ We had already put the 1989 built Visitor Centre at Nordkapp in the Mickey Mouse category of Disney, but it serves its purpose well, bringing tourists and their ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Nordkapp July 25th 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 28. Finland July 2005. Out of Finland into the wastes of Norway’s Finmark There is not a lot in Inari at first glance. It’s one of those places you could just pass through on your way to somewhere else and there are, after all, few roads from Finland through to Norway in the north. For most people Inari is on the way to, or from, Nordkapp, (North Cape) on the island that claims to be the most northerly point in Europe. We were on our way there too, but first we wanted to visit the outstanding Sami (Lapp) Museum, built since Janice’s last visit to Inari umpteen years ago. There are many such museums in Scandinavia, but this one should rank amongst the best, for not only does it truly value these ... read more
Menesjokki river
North Norway

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi July 23rd 2005

Motorhome News from Europe 27. Finland. 12th July 2005 Kussamo, Oulanka National Park, The Arctic Circle and the Midnight Sun, Santa at Rovaniemi, Talvascero and Inari, Lapland. A visit to Santa, north into Finnish Lapland - and snowchains It’s my birthday on Thursday and we have a wager. Janice says I’ll get 3 emails-worth of greetings and I reckon I’ll get about 15! Meanwhile, we’ve been researching the birding hereabouts. Page 77. Where to watch Birds in Scandinavia. ‘Valtavaara. This 10Km sq area of taiga is world famous as a site for red flanked bluetail’. Page 281 Lonely Planet Finland. ‘Valtavaara Hill is the best place in the region for birding: some 100 species nest here’. Now, is that tempting, or what? After a successful 6am start at the hides in Kussamo town, we set off ... read more
Rope bridge

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