• Day18

    Bergen, Norway

    July 2, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The town of Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    We walked its winding, cobblestone streets and viewed the painted wooden houses with gabled facades. The town has many medieval buildings located around the wharf. The quaint two story warehouses are now shops and art galleries. It has a beautiful harbor and a lively market. In the fish market we sampled caviar that they put on top of your hand to taste.
    Bergen was a charming last port to end our voyage.
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  • Day17

    Geiranger, Norway

    July 1, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We docked in the tiny, charming village of Geiranger. Our tour this afternoon took us to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba which gave us a spectacular view of Geirangerfjord. Our bus climbed 5000 feet on the narrow, winding road offering amazing views of lakes and glaciers. Geirangerfjord is surrounded by the steepest and most unusual mountains on the entire west coast of Norway.
    We then drove along the Eagle Road, which was also narrow with hair pin turns, to view the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and the majestic mountains.
    This was a day filled with excitement and breath taking views.
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  • Day17

    Hellesylt, Norway

    July 1, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    This morning we sailed along Storfjorden, the fifth largest fjord in Norway. The dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains and sparkling waterfalls were so close we felt we could touch them. This fjord branched off to the Geirangerfjord which is known as the most beautiful one in the world. The 2000 foot tall cliffs rise above it’s deep, narrow passageway.
    We also viewed abandoned mountain farms and the impressive Seven Sisters Waterfalls (only four were visible today) with an average drop of 820 feet.
    We have seen fjords throughout the world but the most beautiful are in northern Norway.
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    Nancy and Tom

    Beautiful shot! You are whetting my appetite for our upcoming trip!

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  • Day15

    Tromso, Norway

    June 29, 2018 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Tromso, the largest city of Northern Norway is located 190 miles north of the Arctic Circle. We sailed through the Malangan Fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
    Our tour included a visit to the Polaria Arctic Center. We viewed a panoramic film on Arctic wildlife, saw exhibits on the Arctic Circle, and visited the bearded seals in the Arctic Aquarium at feeding time. The exterior of the building looks like sheets of ice and snow.
    We then went to the Arctic Cathedral which is designed in glass, steel, and concrete resembling a giant glacier resting at the base of mountains. Inside the stained glass window and crystal chandeliers were magnificent.
    Tromso is known for getting a lot of snow in winter. Our guide said Tromso has two seasons: The white winter and the green winter.
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    Shawn Peretzman

    When we see you i want to hear more about the green and white winter. Miss you. Kensie

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  • Day11

    Honningsvag (For North Cape), Norway

    June 25, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Honningsvåg is the Northernmost city in Europe. Located in the Arctic Circle this area was entirely in ice 10,000 years ago. The glaciers carved out spectacular cliffs and beautiful fjords.
    Though inhabited for thousands of years it only became a city in 1996 and is just 1300 miles from the North Pole. Due to its wind swept location in the Arctic Circle trees rarely grow here.
    Our tour began with a 50 minute bus ride to Nordkapp. Along the way we stopped at an outpost of the indigenous Sami people. North Cape is the point where the Norwegian Sea meets the Barents Sea.
    North Cape Hall, located on top of North Cape Cliffs (which are 1000 feet tall) gave us amazing views of the Arctic Ocean. A 180 degree panoramic film about the ever changing North Cape seasons depicted how much snow they receive in winter and how they live with it. We saw children bundled up in snow bound playgrounds and people commuting on their snow mobiles.
    It takes a hearty person to live in this rugged remote part of the world.
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    Lynne Petersen

    I think we could use a little of your cold weather. Another melting day here....

    6/28/18Reply
     
  • Day9

    Trondheim, Norway

    June 23, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We are on our own today and took the ship’s shuttle into town. We walked in the cold rain to the city center. We viewed the Gothic style Nidaros Cathedral founded in 1152. Next door was the Archbishop’s Palace. Built in the 12th century it is the oldest secular building in Scandinavia.
    The first bicycle lift in the world: A resident of Trondheim invented the bicycle lift because he was getting tired and sweaty riding up a hill to work. You attach your bicycle or baby carriage and a cable pulls you up.
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    Kabob

    I would love to bike if I could get up the hills. Great invention - I don't do hills! Great trip so far. Happy 48th! 🌹

    6/24/18Reply

    Looking good, Randy and Rose!

    6/25/18Reply
    Gloria Migal

    Fabulous pictures!

    6/28/18Reply
    Shawn Peretzman

    Kensie: did you walk up the hill?

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  • Day8

    Alesund, Norway

    June 22, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Ålesund is known as the Venice of Norway. Our tour gave us a view of ancient and modern Alesund. After a major fire in 1904, the city was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau period.
    We traveled to the city mountain of Mt. Aksla where we had incredible views of the archipelago, town center and Sunnmore Alps.
    Along the way we saw ladders on the roofs of homes leading to the chimney. Heat is critical in Norway so chimney sweeps need access for maintenance.
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    Shawn Peretzman

    Kensie: i so want to go there. Was it tiring do all that travel?

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  • Day7

    Our Anniversary

    June 21, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Today we celebrated our 48th anniversary.
    Although we are getting older, our life keeps getting better.

    Bob Miller

    Randy, really? Korbel for your 4th? Rose deserves SOON much more. Enjoy you two, BobMiller

    6/24/18Reply
    Nancy and Tom

    I’m a little late, but Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple! This trip has to make it a memorable anniversary!

    6/25/18Reply
    Traci Van Egmond

    Happy 48th. You don't look a day over 45!!

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  • Day7

    Flam, Norway

    June 21, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Our tour today began with a catamaran cruise on the Nærøyfjord which is one of the world’s narrowest. It measures only 11 miles long and 1600 feet wide. Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    We have seen fjords all over the world but this was the most beautiful. From its narrow size, snowcapped mountains and huge waterfalls it was a total WOW!
    After our 2 hour cruise we boarded a bus and drove to a mountain top hotel. Here we had an aerial view of the magnificent fjords from above. We drove down the mountain on a narrow road with hairpin turns as we held our breath.
    This day totally exceeded our expectations.
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    Lynne Petersen

    Happy Anniversary! May you have a wonderful year filled with lots of new adventures and only good health and happiness. R&L

    6/24/18Reply
    Gloria Migal

    What beautiful scenery...........happy belated anniversary!!

    6/28/18Reply
    Traci Van Egmond

    Those look like postcard pictures of Norway

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  • Day6

    Stavanger, Norway

    June 20, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We toured Stavanger on our own today. We walked along the harbor and through the city center to Old Stavanger.
    The winding cobbled streets contain many 18th, and 19th century wooden buildings believed to be one of Europe’s largest collection. Stavanger began as a mercantile and fishing village and has claimed to be the cradle of the Vikings. Today it is one of the largest oil exporters and is called the Petroleum Capital of Norway.
    Stavanger is on the southwestern coast of Norway. Although they boast to have the best weather in Norway we did not have the chance to experience it. Today was cold and rainy, but good preparation for what’s to come.
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    Lori - different clothes then what we are wearing here. Looks like a neat little village. Have you seen any northern lights yet?

    6/20/18Reply
    Gloria Migal

    I love seeing the small quaint villages.

    6/21/18Reply
    Kabob

    Lori, they call those jackets! And Rose has a scarf on. Remember scarfs? 101 here in sunny AZ! Carry on Peretzmans, we're living vicariously.

    6/22/18Reply
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