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  • Day36

    A Glorious sunny day in Bergen

    October 4 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    A really almost perfect day. First I have to correct a gross error from yesterday when we weren’t properly orientated - the $100 hamburger was a misreading of the menu! When scrutinised today we found it was item 600 on the menu, not 600 kroner, and actually was a fairly normal price!! So I apologise for giving the totally wrong impression.

    So now for today - it started with breakfast, which is included with the room - and it was a massive buffet. Not a simple continental breakfast, but every choice you could conceive of - all the usual eggs, bacon, croissants, amazing bread, baked beans, but also couscous, radishes, salads, caviar, and also for us the pièce de resistance - an orange squeezing machine!!! And even the coffee machine produced good coffee. So that was an excellent start, and kept us going till dinner.

    It was a beautiful day - sunny and sparkling. Our first objective was to ascend the mountain looking down on the city - we took the funicular up, admired the breathtaking view from the top, and then walked back down on the zigzag path. Amazing views all the way. Then we took a break in a coffee shop and decided to spend the afternoon going to Grieg’s house, a little way out of the city. We got the light rail back towards the airport and alighted at a station called Hop, and walked about 20 minutes following the signs. Spent a lovely couple of hours there. There is his actual house, a museum, and a small house by the water where he composed. Looking out from there you can imagine how he was inspired to compose his music. Very good and very manageable. Got the tram back. I had a short visit back to the hotel and Amr had time looking at shops and a general wander. We all met up with C and J at a wine bar we had found this morning.

    Also this morning on our initial reconnoiter we had found a wonderful place which we had totally missed last night. A building which is the information upstairs is a sort of fish market below. Not the open fish market which is also nearby, but a series of shops which sell fish (caught that day) and all have restaurants attached to them. Just perfect for what we were looking for, so we had booked a table for 6.30, and when we came we were glad we had. We were not the only people who liked to dine there!

    And we had the BEST meal. I had halibut baked with butter and chervil, with vegs and salad, just perfect. And Amr and I each had a glass of Alberiño. We were all totally satisfied.

    Bergen is just lovely. Everything works. No dilapidated houses or buildings. And SO picturesque. Maybe because of their long dark winters everything is designed to allow light. All the walls are glass (I keep having trouble finding the door and trying to enter through a window)...the breakfast room which is huge, and spread round a whole floor, feels so light and not crowded because of this light. And our hotel room, though fairly small, makes used of the space so cleverly that we feel almost spacious. The shower is two glass doors that magnetise together to make a square shower recess. But they can rotate back to the wall and that square becomes part of the bathroom space.

    Also, a very comfy bed. And unlike many European beds which are two beds pushed together, with double sheets over all, but with a crack in the middle that you can’t sleep on...this bed is one double mattress but with 2 doonas (each neatly folded German style), far preferable! So we have had a wonderful day, corrected our first impressions as novices, and wonder how people, who have been brought up here all their childhood, feel when they visit other countries and realise that all the world is not as beautiful as Norway! (Maybe Switzerland would qualify)...

    Anyway, we are very much looking forward to our 12 days, starting tomorrow, on the Hurtigruten boat...we can drop our bags there at 12.30, and then come back at 3.30 to check in. I think we sail at about 9 pm. So new adventure, and I have no idea of the wifi situation so if nothing published for a while it is because of the lack of wifi. But Amr says I can use his hot spot from his phone with the European SIM! (If he has reception)...anyway, we’ll see how it goes. I will write up each day, as particularly on the boat they may merge in my mind. Have plenty of books on my kindle to read as we float up the fjords!
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  • Day37

    Now on the Hurtigruten boat Nordlys

    October 5 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today is an exciting day as we are now on the boat that we will live on for the next 12 days. This morning, after our sumptuous breakfast we packed up and checked out of the hotel at midday. Got a taxi to the terminal where we could leave our bags (which would be taken to our cabins) and then we were free for a few hours as check in to the boat wasn’t till 3, boarding at 4 and cabins ready at 6!

    So Amr and I went to an exhibition of Edvard Munch paintings...really good - he is so famous for the Scream that I hadn’t realised he did so many others and it was really good. Another building had the permanent exhibits - more Munch and other Norwegian artists, and some modern art - Picasso, Bracht, Klee....so that took the time till we could check in and board our ship.....

    And here we are snugly in our cabin. Now writing a bit later as we had a briefing before when I was writing - about the ship and excursions and meeting the crew etc...a sort of routine as on all ships I guess, like we did on the river cruises. I think there are about 350 passengers...but people come and go at the various ports. We found our cabin and are amazed at how spacious a small space can be! Had expected to be more cramped...there is a luggage room where we can put suitcases, but we probably won’t bother as they can be put aside easily. When we arrived the beds were put away. One was a couch and one pulled down from the wall. But we pulled them into their bed formation and don’t think we’ll put them back, as plenty of room with them down, and we won’t be in here much except to sleep. Bathroom small but all works perfectly, and there are shelves and spaces to put things everywhere. We have completely unpacked - luxury!

    Carole and John booked a posher cabin than us, and with their package they get free wifi, and can log on 5 devices each! so John has very kindly let me log on my iPad, and the wifi seems good, so I think I can do the blog. We have been allotted dinner sittings and we are at 8pm which is good. C and J have been put at a 6.30 sitting and may change to coincide with us at the same table, but I think they actually prefer earlier, so we’ll see. Dinner tonight was a buffet free for all, delicious food but I can see why they regulate the times, tables and sittings as it was chaotic and people who didn’t get in early had to wait for quite a long time.

    Anyway, we left at 9.30 pm and I was out on the deck well rugged up as it was cold. Amr found it too cld and sought a warmer vantage point, but it was such fun seeing the lights of Bergen receding...just beautiful, and a huge, low, almost half moon low on the horizon. Gorgeous. Now clean and tucked in...there is even a pull out clothes line in the bathroom, and a heated floor (the bathroom floor was heated in the hotel too)...I guess Norwegians know all about cold. Now 11pm and will try to sleep, but rather excited!
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  • Day65

    Vindsvik - Odda

    July 2 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Reisekilometer 6.129km
    Tageskilometer 148km

    Die Wolken ist etwas aufgerissen und hin und wieder gab es blauen Himmel. Da wir ja noch dieses Jahr zum Norkap wollen sind wir auf der Landschaftsroute "Ryfylke" weiter gefahren.
    Wir haben den 1. großen Wasserfall "Hangandvikfossen" mit 155 m Höhe gesehen, dann den 2. mit 180 m noch größeren Wasserfall "Svandalsfoss" und dann noch der Zwillingswasserfall "Låtefossen" mit zwei Wasserläufen nebeneinander und 165 m Höhe....und dann noch ein paar hundert kleinere und mittlere Wasserfälle.
    Svandalsfoss hatte noch eine anspruchsvolle Challange für Tina. Dort gab es eine "kleine" Treppe mit 540 Stufen, aber das ist für die Bergziege ja kein Problem 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
    Unseren Stellplatz haben wir auf einem kleinen Platz neben einem Picknickplatz in Lindesviki bei Idee gefunden. Direkt am Fjord mit Blick auf die Berge und rund 20 Wasserfälle.
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  • Day66

    Odda - Lindesviki

    July 3 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Reisekilometer 6.167km
    Tageskilometer 38km

    Das Wetter ist immer noch nicht berauschend. Soll nachmittags aber etwas aufreißen. Letzte Nacht hat es geschneit. Die Bergspitzen um uns herum sind alle weiß.
    Als die Sonne hier und da durch die Wolken kam, sind wir gestartet und auf der 550 entlang des Sørefjorden gefahren.
    Rechts war der Fjord, links Obstanbau mit fast reifen Kirschen und oben auf den Bergen Schnee.
    Da die Sonne sich nicht durchsetzen konnte und wir einen schönen Platz gefunden haben, war heute nach 90 Minuten und 40 km die Fahrt zu Ende.
    Wieder standen wir neben dem Fjord und einem Wasserfall an einem Picknickplatz.
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  • Day67

    Lindesviki - Ålvik

    July 4 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Reisekilometer 6.262 km
    Tageskilometer 95 km

    Endlich kommt die Sonne durch.
    Wir sind auf der 550 und 49 der Landschftsroute "Hardinger" über Utne, Jondal (Fähre) nach Norheimsund und Ålvik gefolgt.
    Wir waren noch am Wasserfall Steinfossen. Leider etwas spät, so das er im Schatten lag.
    Der Steinfossen ist mit 50 m nicht soooo hoch, aber man kann hinter dem Wasserfall entlanggehen, was ziemlich beeindruckend ist. Leider war der Weg für Dirk zu steil und er durfte wieder unten warten.
    Und wieder gab es einen Stellplatz zwischen der Straße und dem Fjord mit Aussicht.
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  • Day5

    Buarbreen Gletscher

    June 24 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Der Weg zu dem Ausläufer des Gletschers ist ein echtes Naturschauspiel aber auch nicht ganz ohne Mühe zu erreichen. Zwei Stunden stetig Bergauf mit einigen Kletterpassagen führt der Weg vom Parkplatz nach oben. Nach ca 430 Höhenmeter (gefühlte min. 600🤣) sind wir dann am Ziel und der Blick auf den Gletscher ist atemberaubend, auch der Weg nach unten verschlägt mir die Sprache, „Da muss ich wieder Runter 😳!“ Aber es ging dann doch besser als gedacht und Michi hat festgestellt das ich mich gar nicht so dumm beim Klettern anstelle 😜.Read more

  • Day6

    Kinsarvik, Eidfjord und Vøringfoss

    June 25 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Es regnet also beschließen wir nicht wandern zu gehen (🙏 so kann ich meinen Muskelkater in den Oberschenkel eine Pause gönnen) sonder etwas Sightseeing zu machen. Mit der Fähre geht es von Utne nach Kinsarvik wo eine alte Steinkirche aus dem Jahr 1160 steht. Der Weg führt uns dann nach Eidfjord wo sogar die Bäume einen Mantel / Pullover tragen 🥶! Zu guter letzt besuchen wir dann noch denWasserfall Vøringfoss mit einer Fallhöhe von 183 m.Read more

  • Day2

    Bergen Halbinsel Nordnes

    June 21 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Heute starten wir bei schönen Wetter und wollen spontan mit der Fjordcruiser nach Mostraumen starten. Aber leider gib es für die Tour um 10:00 keine Plätze mehr. Also kaufen wir gleich die Tickets für 14:00 Uhr und beschließen bis zum Start die Halbinsel Nordnes von Bergen zu erkunden. Langsam ziehen die ersten schwarzen Wolken auf und es kommt wie es kommen muß, es fängt zum Regnen an. Also ab mit uns ins Schifffahrtsmuseum.Read more

  • Day4

    Weg nach Utne

    June 23 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute hieß es zusammenpacken, 🚘 holen und auf nach Utne in unsere nächste Unterkunft. Der Weg führte uns an wunderschöne Seen und Wasserfällen vorbei. Darunter auch ein sehr bekannter Wasserfall - Steindsdalsfossen! Hinter den man auch, ohne nass zu werden, gehen kann😉

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