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So this is Norway is it?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Over the years I have come to expect, that almost never do my holidays happen totally as expected! True to form, the night before we were due to fly out, we had a message to tell us that the ship that was expected to meet us in Bergen, was actually in Trondheim, as they had had their biggest March storm in 50 years, and we were having an extra flight to meet it there. So we flew from Heathrow to Oslo at lunchtime, Oslo to Bergen at tea time, and finally bounced down the runway into Trondheim, in a blizzard, just after midnight. We collected our luggage for the fourth time of the day, and caught the bus out to the ship in the pelting snow, and when it snows here, it seriously snows.

We are definitely not on the QE11! Were on the local car ferry! Yes, really. When not being pressed into service as a cruise ship, it chugs up and down the coast daily, taking the locals and their cars from one small port to another. On the other hand the QE11 would never get into the crinkly bits round Norways edges. Its clean and warm, and seems fine.

The following day we get a bus trip into the mountains to a little town called Roros. The mountains are heavily forested, We are told that the forests, which are mostly birch with some conifers, are inhabited by moose, bears and wolves! It has however stopped snowing.

Left on our own to explore Roros, we take a walk up the steep main street to a church, built in 1784. All the buildings here, including the church, are wooden, we sit in the church but unfortunately the talk is in German, which neither of us understand, so we go back down the main street to look in the shops. The snow at the sides of the street is quite deep, and all the roads are hard packed ice, so Im glad of my little grippers on my soles which stop me slipping.

The older people use little sleds to get around. On the flat, and uphill, they stand on one blade and scoot, down hill they stand on both blades and let gravity accelerate them, pushing the blades apart with the feet gives them a sort of brake.

The sidestreets are pretty snowy too!

All the little wooden houses have grass roofs in the summer, you can see the grass poking out from under the snow.

Its snowing again when we get back to the bus, and back onboard I discover that Ive brought the wrong connecter from my camera to the laptop, and the internet is slow, slow, too slow for my laptop to download photos off my phone! So you may never get to see them!

Today we had another bus trip to Trondheim cathedral. Religious lot these Norwegians. It is gothic in style, and built in the 1100s.Lots of lovely stained glass windows which were forbidden to take photos of!

This afternoon we sail further north, stopping at several ports on our way towards the Arctic circle, 71 north.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TXGRANDMA 3/13/2013 3:34PM

    Wow, what a trip that was! Thanks so much for sharing with us, after all! Loved the old church, amazing that everything is wooden. LOTS of snow too, and so very interesting about the sled, which is hardly identifiable as one! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 3/13/2013 3:14PM

    I would love to travel like this, but maybe in the summer! Too much snow for me! Thanks for sharing...really good photos! emoticon

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CHIASMA 3/10/2013 4:54AM

    That snow reminds me of Canada!

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SHELLYBABE2 3/8/2013 5:25PM

    Ooh this is even better than your walk blogs, I get to see a foreign country without leaving my armchair and you always describe things in a way that makes me believe I could almost be there with you :))

Excellent blog TFS

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LOLATURTLE 3/6/2013 12:24PM


My husband and I went to Bergen and Oslo in October, we LOVED IT! Of course, it only made us want to go back and see the north and the Arctic Circle as well. Enjoy! And please post pictures!!

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SENIMMO 3/6/2013 11:34AM

    The snow looks the same as what's in my yard, depth and all! But in my front yard, it's full of yucky stuff from the snow plow and cars :-( not at all as pretty as theirs. But still dang cold! Enjoy your trip!

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PATTYKLAVER 3/6/2013 7:02AM

    The pictures are beautiful. Sorry for all the snow.

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STFRENCH 3/6/2013 4:48AM

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures! emoticon

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EOWYNRUSS 3/5/2013 11:52PM

    Thanks so much for posting the blog & pictures. Norway is on my list of places to visit, but kinda far down. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures. Have fun!

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JUNEAU2010 3/5/2013 11:09PM

    Being of Norwegian extraction and not, yet, having had the chance to see my paternal homeland, I drank in your blog, every word, every picture and love it! Thanks for letting me tag along vicariously!

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MARIANNE9855 3/5/2013 8:53PM

    Looks lovely I hope you are keeping warm and cozy. Be interested to hear about the food too and can't wait to see northern lights pics!

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CASSIES 3/5/2013 8:47PM

    Thanks for sharing your trip. CAn't wait to see more pictures. Enjoy and stay warm!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/5/2013 8:41PM


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TIZSLIM 3/5/2013 6:58PM

    Looks beautiful. Though I have to echo Chicchantel and wonder whether you would have preferred a nice villa with pool. On a Greek island though.........

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    Tends to make you appreciate where you do live, even though it doesn't stop you from complaining about the weather at home.
note: YOU is used as a collective you, not singular... since most of us register complaints about our weather at home... but are not unhappy enough to move to another climate where we would be required to learn a new weather complaint phrase or two or three....
Thanks for bringing us along on your vacation trip.

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DOVESEYES 3/5/2013 6:14PM

    Thanks for taking me along I wouldn't have missed it emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 3/5/2013 4:03PM

    Are you sure you wouldn't have preferred a nice villa with pool in Torremolinos?

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    So beautiful.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/5/2013 1:14PM

    Rog and I went on a fjords cruise many years ago and loved it. we'll look forward to seeing all the pics "as and when"

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XTINA46 3/5/2013 12:48PM

    You could have come to Canada if you wanted to see snow! still about 4 feet piled up in the backyard here.... and it's already March! Are you in search of astronomcial events in the Arctic sky? I know that's one of your passions: the night sky in different latitudes!

I am off for 5 weeks in India a week from now: hot hot hot ! 2 weeks of trekking and one week tiger viewing, then 1o days helping out in an orphanage for little girls (3-8) that have been rescued from the slums of Mumbai. In preparation for the treks (near Darjeeling, foothills of the Himalayas) I was on the eliptical yesterday for 60 minutes -- Level 14 of incline and resistance the whole way! I think that was the hardest I've ever exercised. Feeling knackered today!

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MILLISMA 3/5/2013 12:16PM

    What a wonderful trip. Although, right now I'm ready for spring!!! Beautiful pictures and hope we'll be able to see more. Have a great time. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/5/2013 11:56AM

    Great pics! Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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DR1939 3/5/2013 11:20AM

    We've only been to Oslo and Bergen but really liked it. We took the train from Stockholm to Oslo then later to Bergen. Finally we took a bus, a boat, and a train from Bergen back to Gothenburg, Sweden. I would love to do the Arctic Circle thing. We've had several friends do it and loved it, car ferry and all!

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LEVELPATHS 3/5/2013 11:19AM

    Nice! Enjoy the rest of you hols.


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-POOKIE- 3/5/2013 11:12AM

    Wow, those are lovely pictures, not sure I would be a fan of that much snow, but viewing it from my sunny living room is a treat!

Thank you for sharing.

have a wonderful time.

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