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! We’re 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 Norway’s edges. It’s 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 I’m 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.
It’s snowing again when we get back to the bus, and back onboard I discover that I’ve 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 1100‘s.Lots of lovely stained glass windows which we’re forbidden to take photos of!
This afternoon we sail further north, stopping at several ports on our way towards the Arctic circle, 71’ north.