Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back Home from Norway

You might wonder a bit about the title of this post, especially considering the title of the blog. But it is true: We have been touring almost the whole length of Norway - twice. Regular readers might have seen our wish to go by Hurtigruten. Now we have done it. We sailed in the above ship, MS Nordlys, from Bergen to Kirkenes. A tour that takes 5 and a half days.The ship is pictured in Bodø, about half-way along the journey.

And then we drove back home. A tour of about 3500km and which took 11 days. Far too little if one wants to really look around.

The two previous posts were of course pre-posted ... :-)

We had nice weather for the whole journey, and were constantly reminded that we were in the Land of the Midnight Sun. The photo was shot at 23:42

As Norwegians we are proud of our fjords. This is a small one called Trollfjorden. It is one of the most mysterious ones, but also one of historic importance (and the photo was shot at 23:37 ...)

A lot of people comes to Norway to get just this view - Nordkapp (North Cape) at 71° North. For all practical purposes it is the northernmost point in Europe.

But there is also an easternmost point in Norway - Grense Jakobselv. It is located some 60 km from Kirkenes. If you look closely you can see some red and green border posts. That is the start of Russia. Due north is the Barents Sea. Your next stop may well be the North Pole. (And if you ask for the westernmost point in Norway, we slept through that ...)

The only sight we visited twice on our tour was this one - Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral) - in Trondheim. It is the most important historical and ecclesiastical building in Norway, and there is no other architectural structure, ancient or modern, to compare with it. Wikipedia describes it thus:
Nidaros Cathedral (Norwegian: Nidarosdomen / Nidaros Domkirke) is a church located in the city of Trondheim in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It was the cathedral of the Norwegian archdiocese, from its establishment in 1152 until its abolition in 1537. Since the Reformation, it has been the cathedral of the Lutheran bishops of Trondheim (or Nidaros) in the Diocese of Nidaros. The architectural style of the cathedral is Romanesque and Gothic. Historically it was an important destination for pilgrims coming from all of Northern Europe.

On our way home we also drove on a unique road along the Norwegian Sea called Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road). Part of it is literally in the ocean. Here we see cars passing the bridge Storseisundbrua.

But when all is said and done it is always nice to return to the familiar view of Bergen ...

29 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh how fabulous! Such a stunning place and I love the images, especially the one of the midnight sun. I'd love to visit Norway (just hoping it's not quite as violent as Jo Nesbo paints it!).

Dina said...

Welcome home! What a marvelous country to be able to tour. Every one of your pictures makes me want to be there too.

Doohie said...

Beautiful! Trollfjorden looks mysterious and that bridge looks scary. I would love to visit Norway one day.

imac said...

Welcome back my friend.Thank you for this wonderful post - I have really enjoyed our trip with your photos.
Such a wonderful Country Rune.

ArneA said...

Hadde ventet på daglige oppdateringer, men denne oversikten er jo verd å vente på uansett.
Velkommen hjem til Vestlandsværet

Malyss said...

I'm soooooooooo jealous!! And soooo thankfull that you share some of your fabulous pictures !Oh, I'd like so much to do such a journey! Midnight sun sounds so magycal...A great post!

*Honest Abe said...

I suppose none of us take the time to see our own country as you have on this trip. Beyond the difference in size there is a lot of history there too.

We can drive about 40 - 50 miles and be inside the first trading post in this part of the country before it was settled by people from Europe.

Drive about 30 miles and see the historic place where the Indians made Daniel Boone and Simon Girty and others run the gauntlet. I looked up at the hill and was just totally amazed that anyone could run from the bottom to the top while people are trying to beat you to death with clubs. But they did.

It was an interesting post and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

VALKYRIEN said...

Så du har vært en tur med hurtigruta ja! Har hatt lyst til det selv i mange år, håper det blir en gang! Flotte bilder, likte særlig det fra Atlanterhavsveien. Ser ut som om veien vokser rett opp fra ingenting! :) Så jo endel fra hurtigruteturen på TV, og man får jo lyst til å ta en tur. Norge har så mye vakkert å by på!
Ha en fin helg da du! :)

HansHB said...

Skjønner opplevelsen og tida! Flotte bilder!
Og min solnedgang var fra Rogaland...
Ha ei flott helg!

James said...

Welcome back! I'm already enjoying your photos and I know from recent experience that 11 days is not long enough for a driving trip like that. I finished my 5000 km trip across the USA early last month and I could have used twice the time. :)

John said...

A great trip, love the perspective on the shot of the lorry on the bridge

Irene said...

Fantastiske bilder fra vårt langstrakte land ... dette er virkelig noe vi har grunn til å være stolte av. Makan til vakkert natur! Jeg ser jeg har ennå mye til gode å oppleve "live".

God søndag Rune!

Irene

Anne-Berit said...

Fabelaktige bilder fra hurtigruteturen,så vakkert som det kan få blitt.
Det bildet fra Atlanterhavsveien er det flotteste jeg har sett derfra.Flott vinkling som gjorde bildet helt spesielt:))

Ann said...

Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road looks like the road ends there.

Glad you had a good holiday, haven't chat with you for a long time, I missed you.

Woody said...

You have given us some beautiful photos of your country. I think I like the photo of Nordkapp the best. I think driving on the Atlanterhavsveien would be fun!

Birdman said...

Bet you had a fun time on that cruise.

Viola said...

Du i allverden for en tur dere har vært på! Og de skjønneste bilder! Blir nesten sjalu her jeg sitter jeg.. he he Men det er deg vel fortjent! Så kan vi andre sitte her og nyte dine bilder.. Det er så lyst i skrivende stund, at jeg må innom her senere å se de også,når dagslyset er blitt mer sky.. (sjenert..)

Kjørte dere langs kysten nedover igjen, eller raskeste E6? Kunne tenkt meg en slik tur selv jeg..

Likte veldig godt det bildet fra Nordkapp! Mystisk og stemningsfullt! :)

Nyt sommeren videre! :)

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

Noe så nydelig som disse bildene Rune, og en tur jeg ikke får mindre lysst på når jeg ser bildene dine her:)
Ha en fortsatt fin sommer:)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Enchanting post. Especially liked the midnight shots. In a couple of weeks I'll be in Alaska and am anxious to compare the light at midnight to yours.

Ida said...

Du viser hvorfor dette kalles verdens vakreste sjøreise.
Flotte bilder og smakebiter.

Og du,
en vakker dag
SKAl jeg også ta Hurtigruten...

God ny uke, vel hjemme.

Lynda Lehmann said...

All beautiful photos of your gorgeous country, Runee, but the best is the photo of the bridge, seeming to end in mid-air. Great perspective and capture!

lynnwiles said...

Thank you for sharing your tour with us. Glad yhour wish has been granted. The land of the midnight sun and the road that looks like one must just fall right off. What a beautiful country Norway is. I wish I'd spent more time there.

TulsaGentleman said...

Thank you for sharing pictures of your wonderful tour of Norway with us. It is a beautiful part of the world that I am not likely to visit so I appreciate your journey.

Lew said...

Wonderful vistas and a marvelous trip! Certainly one cannot do that in a weekend. The Atlantic Road looks like it would be scary driving in a storm.

becky said...

Thank you for these beautiful views of your glorious part of the world...one day we hope to do the Hurtigruten trip...Awesome cathedral at Trondheim!

Ken Mac said...

a beautiful series of shots. Post more!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh I would so love the midnight sun! The fjord indeed looks mysterious and very beautiful.

The photo of the bridge makes me feel dizzy even at my height! :)

EG Wow said...

Norway is such a beautiful country. How satisfying to travel your own land and view it as tourists from another country might see it.

truels said...

This must have been a fantastic and overwhelming experience to be on this incredible journey - both with Hurtigruten and along Atlanterhavsveien. Fabulous photos - I hope you will later show more. This trip has long been one of my biggest unfulfilled dreams! I hope one day that the dream comes true :-)