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Norway – Car and cruise

Country number: 19
Territory number: 21

When?  A long time ago
How?     Coming from Norway, last leg of trip.
Who?    With Don

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  • Across the tundra to the far north at Tromso, and then south, hugging the coast, ferrying across several stunning, but cloud obscured fjords to Bergen.
  • Beautiful scenery and far too much rain obscuring it. I read that the suicide rate was the highest in the world here and I can see why. There is little habitation and very little to do in bad weather. It’s not much fun in a tiny tent when it’s cold and the rain is thrumming down.
  • It ‘s too expensive to eat out. We can’t even afford much from the supermarket, circling the shelves, searching for the cheapest and most filling items. No open sandwiches for us.
  • A ferry, Jupiter, home to Newcastle.

When?   February 2012
How?     Hurtigruten Ferry
Who?     With friend Norma

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In search of the Northern Lights

  • A Hurtiguten ferry cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes, on the border with Russia, via Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, the  Lofoten Islands and the North Cape.
  • Alesund -a  fairytale  town with its refections and charming art nouveau
  • The log cabin shape Cathedral of the Arctic towering above the houses at Tromsø
  • The Nordkap- so cold and windy I thought I might not make it back
  • The Northern Lights put on their magic show twice – we were summoned from our beds by the ship’s tannoy to see them (you can turn it off if you want)
  • But best of all once past Bodo we hit polar night- a never to be forgotten ethereal blue silence
  • The boat was comfortable, the food good and  we were rewarded with a fascinating cinematic view of the everyday commerce, the deliveries , the comings and going of Norwegians moving from one port to the next