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Europe » Norway June 30th 2017

Geo: 59.7465, 10.389830 jun. 2017 19:30Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL) - New York-John F Kennedy (JFK) ... read more

Europe » Norway June 30th 2017

A very active day, first seeing the Globe as we crossed the Arctic circle followed by a lecture on the reintroduction of the white tailed fish eagle to Scotland from Norwegian birds. In the afternoon we were moored by an island and had to be ferried across to it by zodiac boats, This was our first hike up a very rocky path ,steep in parts ,to a hole in the mountain 200 metres up. It is said to have been caused by a king troll shooting another troll but the arrow passed through the troll's hat making the hole. The troll was then turned to stone. Lovely views from the top , not to mention the sense of achievement at having climbed up to it.In the evening we had the Captain's welcome party followed by dinner ... read more
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Seven Sisters ( lady trolls turned to stone\
Zodiac landing point

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 30th 2017

Our journey from Tyssedal to Voss by bus then onto change to a train from Voss to Oslo was a scene one. I was surprised by the volume of snow that was covering the mountains. They were not that high either but laden with snow. It was a very pretty journey. When we arrived in Oslo, we checked into the Scandic Hotel, which was very conveniently located across from the train station. We faffed around for half an hour then met Zoë at the ferris wheel. We wandered up Karl Johan Gate- the Main Street that lead to Parliament House, the Royal Palace and then down to the promenade walk, along the river- which brings you around to many historic sights of Oslo. We ate out at Lekert'n which was on the water and out in ... read more
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Europe » Norway June 29th 2017

We boarded the M.S. Serenissima, a Noble Calodonian ship, at Tromso. Lovely cabin with balcony at the top of the ship and very friendly relaxed crew. We were the first on board as the rest of the passengers were delayed at the airport , so I am glad we travelled here independently. The ship sailed later out into the North Sea and then into the channels of the Lofoten Islands, to moor up at Svolvaer. We were driven through picturesque villages surrounded by jagged granite mountains to the Viking Museum at Borg. Here we had lunch in the long house, a recreated building of one which had stood on the site during Viking times. Wenches in the appropriate costume gave us the history of the local Chieftain, who would have owned the long house and then ... read more
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View from our balcony
Stefan the unlikely Viking!

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Odda June 28th 2017

We had an early start to catch our shuttle up to Skjeggedal and the road up to a tiny village for the trailhead of Trolltunga. Many others had the same idea as our shuttle was full and the car parks were also nearly full. We started at the 400m above sea level mark and were set to increase to almost 1200m at its peak. Reasonably rugged up in merino gear, we set off on our 11km uphill jaunt. It was quite steep with steps constructed from rocks that had been transported up by Nepalese Sherpas, uneven but authentic. Zoë and Marcus travelled easily up the first section which was 1.7km and we rose by about 450m- (which was all under treeline). I struggled, I think due to my cold that is still persisting, making breathing a ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Southern Norway June 28th 2017

So, the time has come for our adventure to end and to bid farewell to our friends in Norway. Wednesday morning we drove to Oslo and boarded a car ferry to Kiel, Germany. The ferry was really a large cruise ship with all of the amenities that happened to also carry cars. We had a lovely room with an ocean view. The trip was overnight and we arrived in Kiel the next morning at 10:00 am. Departing the ship was easy and well organized and we were on our way to Schiphol airport near Amsterdam. This would normally have been about a 4.5 hour drive. But, the Germans seem to have some sort of conspiracy to keep people from driving the autobahns! There was road construction everywhere and at one point we had to take about ... read more
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Into the Ship
Our Room

Europe » Norway June 26th 2017

Left a beautiful campground, Ronningen campground along a salmon river. We were worried about the weather so made a reservation at the Hostel in Trondheim, about a 40 mile ride. We both studied the maps and the Dutch guide, and wrote out the route so we wouldn't have to open the ipads in the rain. We got an early start, 8:30. The early morning sprinkle stopped and we had a beautiful ride for about an hour. Then it started! Heavy rains with a head wind. We were confused by the road signs at the town of Orkanger in spite of our map studies and ended up about 20K off route. We were soaked and cold and took refuge under an overhang of a vacant(?) buildIng. We decided to ride into a small town with a gas ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Kirkenes June 26th 2017

We spent a week cruising southbound on the Norwegian ship, MS Richard With from Kirkenes. We had varied weather- grey, moody skies, heavy rain and cold, bright blue skies and sunshine and lovely warmth and heavy winds, making for an interesting journey. Norway's coastline is beautiful- rugged, with choppy water and water tucked away in fjord which is clear and smooth, like glass. There have been many seagulls, some terns and sea eagles, but I unfortunately missed the Puffin I wanted to sea. In fact, there was next to no wildlife by comparison to Antarctica. We were too far south for Polar Bears and penguins too... next trip we need to go to Svalbard and back into the Arctic circle - a little further north next time. Without doubt, our favourite day was in the Vestæralen ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 26th 2017

We arrived in Bergen mid afternoon, checked into our Air BnB then waited for Zoë to arrive. After catching up, we headed out to the Bryggen to wander its narrow alley ways and in and out of shops. It is a beautiful city, all the old architecture is lovely- a mix of timber and concrete structures. We wandered around the markets, admiring vast quantities of seafood, dried elk, moose and whale meat and cheeses of all tastes. Norway has a sweet cheese that is made from condensed milk, so it has a subtle caramel flavour to it. It is only eaten in small quantities and usually at breakfast time. We walked up to the funnicular took it up to the top. The views were lovely from the Fløyen. We could see all across Bergen. There are ... read more
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Europe » Norway June 26th 2017

On Saturday we were invited to spend the afternoon and have lunch with Hege's older brother Goethe, his wife Kari-Lise and their three children. Both Goethe and Kari-Lisa are geologists and work in environmental fields. They live in a beautiful home with a magnificent view in a town called Stavern further south along the fjord. First we took a nice walk down into the town and along the waterfront. At one time this was a strategic military location since shipping could be controlled coming into the fjord. So there is an old fort to explore. Again, we were blessed with beautiful weather! We then returned to Goethe's home where he prepared a tasty shellfish lunch. Blue mussels, crab and shrimp. Another wonderful day and a chance to meet more of Hege's family Bjørge has has spent ... read more
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Composite of Stavern
Companion Yoga




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