My Adventures in Norway!
9th – 25th February 2013
This is going to be my home for the next 16 nights!
I am going on a cruise to Norway, “Chasing the Northern Lights” on the Fred Olson ship, Boudicca.
I hope we see the lights!
We sailed from Portsmouth
Our first port of call was Molde, where I met this scary Troll. I am with my friends.
In Molde we took a bus trip up into the Troll Mountains
I had a shot of a Ski-doo, at a nearby Ski slope, it was fun!
Then from Bjorli, we went on the Rauma Railway and returned back down by train.
The snow is very deep,
and the mountains very steep!
This is the train we were on.
We sailed up the Inside Passage, the scenery was spectacular,
and then sailed around the little island with the marker for the Arctic Circle. It was very cold, I was glad of my furry hood!
Our next stop was Tromso. We were here for 2 nights.
The snow here was piled up very high at the roadside.
I could look back and see the ship!
I walked across the bridge that links Tromso to the mainland, it was very cold and windy.
I was glad to get back to the ship!
I had a good view of Tromso from the ship and I could watch for the others returning to base!
Our next stop was Alta where we stayed for 2 days.
We took a trip out to visit the Ice Hotel at Sorrisniva, where I met retired Brigadier General Canute, who had the honour of designing the Hotel every year. This year’s theme was ‘Fairy Tales’.
The Ice Hotel
looked very small!
‘Billy Goats Gruff’
There are 27 bedrooms, but no doors!
There is an Ice Chapel where there are 10-15 weddings during the short season of January to April.
We also went on a Ski-doo adventure on the frozen River Alta! I didn’t fall off!
Later that night we went to search for the Northern Lights.
We didn’t see very much as it was cloudy and snowy.
We did see a faint green glimmer as the clouds cleared, but they soon came back again!
The next day we took a bus trip to Hammerfest, the Northernmost City in the World, with the most population!
(I have now been to the Southermost City, Ushuiaia in Argentina – and the Northernmost City!)
I tried to make a snow angel here but the snow was too hard!
We went to the Sami camp Mikkelgammen, near Salen, for lunch (Reindeer Stew) where we met a reindeering family and learned about their life.
Traditional Sami Costume
On the return bus journey we saw a lovely sunset.
Then we sailed back down through the Inside Passage and Fjiords on our way to Kristiansund.
The scenery was spectacular!
We saw the’ mountain with a hole through it’.
And ‘The Seven Sisters’!
When we arrived in Kristiansund, I met this Viking
At Kristiansund, we took a trip along the Atlantic Road and saw a bridge I have seen on telly car adverts!
Then we went to see Kvernes 700 year old Stave Church which has lots of painting on the walls inside.
Our next and last stop was Bergen. Sadly Norma was not well here, so we didn’t go sightseeing. Laurie went to get photos but I stayed to look after Norma.
We did get some photos of Bergen from the ship.
I noticed the snow had all gone from the city!
Laurie brought back this photo for me! There was snow at the top of Mount Floien. The Funicular railway took him to the top.
Sadly it was time to return to Portsmouth and then we waited until we could disembark. We had a lovely holiday even though we did not see the lights in all their glory and I made lots of new friends who now know all about ‘Teddies for Tragedies’
(I can’t see my case there!)
Well, I will be going to the Med with Laurie and Norma on a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ cruise in May, while Benji is away helping with the World Sevens Rugby in Glasgow, Mary is away to Aberdeen University and I have had to ask Scott to attend a golfing weekend!!
I need a new dress so I can dance with Ian Waite!