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Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim February 24th 2020

Last night we sailed to Kristiansund and were in port from 10.30pm-1.30am, but no one disembarked (assume most passengers were fast asleep). Today was Trav's birthday and I'd booked an excursion - kayaking on the River Nidelva (known as River Nid), and we were both super excited. After another huge breakfast, we layered up in preparation for the -1 degrees we'd been advised to expect at Trondheim. Disembarking the ship, it was snowing quite heavily and there were various excursions on offer and people were being directed to buses or taxi's. There was only 5 of us doing the kayaking and after a mix up with the taxi, it eventually arrived and off we went. Along with Trav and I, there was a guy called Lars from Germany and a father and daughter, Kevin and Vanessa ... read more
Trondheim - a winter wonderland
Ready for our kayak adventure
What a view

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag July 19th 2019

Viewpoint Snohetta A 50 km au Sud d’Oppdal et 30 km au Nord de Dombas, on accède au point de vue à pied par une piste de plus ou moins 2 km. Comme JJ n’avait pas trop envie de monter là-haut… je lui ai demandé de s’occuper dans Pollux au parking afin que je puisse faire cette montée qui promettait une belle arrivée tout là-haut… Me voici donc partie vers non seulement un bijou d’architecture conçu par un cabinet réputé auquel on doit aussi l’Opéra d’Oslo, la Biliotheca Alexandrina en Egypte, une partie du Mémorial du World Trade Center à New York et Lascaux 4. On avoue ne pas trop savoir comment le qualifier : s’agit-il d’une œuvre d’art ou d’une œuvre architecturale ? d’une réalisation de la nature ? nous dit le Routard… Personnellement je ... read more
mais le soleil brille très vite
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Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Røros June 4th 2019

castellano debajo del frances... Røros est une commune située dans le comté du Sør-Trøndelag, et qui a été classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en 1980. Cette ville historique de près de 3718 habitants permanents en 2013, est située sur un plateau en pente douce à près de 630 mètres d’altitude. Ses habitants vivent et travaillent dans un environnement exceptionnel. Elle est aussi l’une des plus anciennes villes en bois d’Europe. ... read more
dans les rues de Roros
par ici on aime le bleu !
l'Eglise de Roros

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim August 13th 2018

As we needed to leave the hotel at 7:30 this morning, I was up at 6:15 to get ready and have breakfast. We had a short walk to the station, as we are staying in it! Our train was due to depart at 8:04 and we were there in plenty of time. Once on board and bags were stowed, we could settle in to enjoy the journey. Our trip to Trondheim would take six and a half hours so there was lots of time to chill. The scenery along the way was simply stunning - we travelled alongside the biggest lake in Norway for quite a while and then at other times there would be fast flowing rivers alongside the train and mountains either side. The train had wifi on board and I enjoyed catching up ... read more
Nidaros - spot St. Olav holding the colourful wreath
The graveyard
The beautiful colourful buildings along the waterways

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 30th 2018

I kept basic walking notes along the way from Sundsvall to Trondheim, alhough I wasn't as consistent as I might have been. I also kept a GPS track which I will look at when I get home. For the days for which I have notes: Equivalent walking distances (using Naismiths Rules and Langmuir corrections) 10 to 20 km - 6 days 20 to 30 km - 14 days Over 30 km - 7 days Longest day: 38.1 km Elevation gain/loss Less than 200 m: 3 days / 5 days 200 m to 400 m: 15 days / 9 days 400 m to 600 m: 5 days / 6 days Over 600 m: 2 days / 2 days Most accumulated climb in a day: 712 m Most accumulated descent in a day: 689 m Both these on ... read more

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 29th 2018

I stood by the final marker in front of Nidarosdomen four days ago. This wasn't the last walk, but it did mark the end of a journey over a month and about 560 km that is the northernmost Christian pilgrimage route in the world. On Friday, I attended the Pilgrim service, where they announce that 58 pilgrims had arrived the previous day, including one Australian. Two more Australians, Jason and Annette from Goulburn had arrived that day and were acknowledged the following day at the last pilgrim service before the St Olav vigil on Olsok eve. There were nearly 160 pilgrims arrive with them. Trondheim celebrates Olsok- St Olav's feast day with a range of events that to an Australian are far more openly religious than would happen at home. Olsok eve starts with a pilgrim ... read more

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 26th 2018

Today will be my last walking day. As the crow flies, Trondheim cathedral - the Nidarosdomen - is 11 kilometres away. Walking the final part of the St Olavsleden pilgrimage route will take 16 kilometres. I expect that I will arrive by mid-afternoon, meet Elaine, and after the formalities at the Nidaros pilgimsgård, have a quiet little celebration. So far I have walked for 27 days, with two rest days. I have walked for perhaps 30 minutes of that with other pilgrims - the vast bulk of my walking days have been spent alone. When the walking is difficult, it took all my concentration, but at other times I was left with my own thoughts. Whether I chose to repeat mindless tuneless, and inane ditties in my mind, or ponder what spiritually meant to me, was ... read more

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag July 18th 2018

I'm not sure what I expected from today's walk. I knew it was only about 10 km to get to Stiklestad, and that the road passed the fields where Olav's army rested on the night before they went into battle at Stiklestad. More recently, a massive earth slip one night killed over 100 people in their sleep, a national disaster for Norway. What I wasn't expecting was the smoke haze drifting across the mountains from the bushfires in Sweden. I had read the news reports about the concerns about fire danger in the areas where I was going to walk, and it was regularly mentioned along the way that it was unseasonably hot. So it should not have been a surprise, but it was a little disturbing to realize this was coming from places close to ... read more

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag July 17th 2018

The first night I spent walking on the Gudbrandsdalen route from Oslo six years ago was in a stabbur hut. This seems to a unique Norse approach to building. I had seen somewhat similar styles in Sweden, but nothing quite the same. So I had just spent my first night back in Norway in a stabbur. It had been a warm night, not conducive to getting a good sleep, and today looked like it was going to be long and hot, so I did what I had been wanting to do all week, and got away early - well, just before 7:30 am. Much of the morning was spent on a combination of Karl Johansvägan and wide forest path. There was still dew on the plants, which remained for a surprisingly long time given the temperatures. ... read more

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 5th 2018

TODAY WE ARE IN TRONDHEIM. We are still having fabulous weather although they are telling us that by the time we get to Hammerfest it will be raining. Well, we'll see. We have been to Trondheim before so we are taking the shuttle into town and walking around. We found our first Burger King so we went in to try out the WiFi It was far superior to that on the ship and I got all my pictures from my phone uploaded into the cloud. I shall publish some of those pictures with this posteven though they are from other ports. Sorry for the confusion but this seems to be the best that I can do.... read more
BERGEN: FERRY CROSSING BEHIND OUR SHIP
BERGEN: INTERIOR OF BULL'S HOUSE
BERGEN: INTERIOR OF BULL'S HOUSE




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