Monday, May 28, 2007

The steamship "Oster" - once more

I have shown you this beautiful old steamer called "Oster" before - in fact several times. Normally in resides at Bjørsvik, close to where we have our cottage. This morning I found it sailing on Hjeltefjorden, beneath our windows. I couldn't resist the temptation of taking another picture.

The ship even has its own homepage.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

"Princess of Norway" on her way out...

The ferry "Princess of Norway" (formerly "Fjord Norway") has connected Bergen with Newcastle in England for some time. In the autumn of 2006 the company sold the ship and route to DFDS Seaways who renamed her "Princess of Norway". From May 31. they will replace her with "Queen of Scandinavia".

So this may be one of the last times the ship travels beneath my windows.

Friday, May 25, 2007

"Fram" and "Lyngen"

The most famous modern ships in Norway must be "Hurtigruten" / The Norwegian Coastal Voyage. They sail primarily between Bergen and Kirkenes, but have during the latter years extended their activities to cruises to such exotic places and Antarctica and Greenland. Now they have just built a new ship called appropriately "Fram" (not an unknown name in Norway or elsewhere...). It is scheduled to be used only for cruises in theses areas, but is designed more or less like a modern ship belonging to "Hurtigruten".

In this picture it is seen meeting one of the traditional ships from the same company, "Lyngen", beneath "Askøybroen" (The Askøy bridge) outside Bergen.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

M/F "Rosendal"

In Norway we have lots of fjords. Were there is a fjord there is very often a ferry crossing. I like taking pictures of various ships, so when we spent the weekend in Rosendal on the other side of the Hardangerfjord, what was more natural than that the ferry also was called "Rosendal"? Here it is seen coming in to Løvfallstrand, just outside Rosendal.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Band on the run

Today is the 17th of May, the Norwegian Constitution Day, and one of the main attractions in Oslo is the Band of His Majesty the King's Guard ("Gardemusikken"). I was in Oslo two days ago and caught them doing a "trial run".

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Osterfjorden - once more

I have shown many pictures from this area, Osterfjorden north of Bergen. It is a large part of my background. This picture shows Ostereidet an evening in may.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

"Statsraad Lehmkuhl" on tour

My youngest daughter borrowed one of my cameras and snapped this picture of Norway's largest sailing ship, "Statsraad Lehmkuhl", as it passes beneath the Sotra-bridge outside Bergen.

Well done!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The guns of Bergenhus

"Bergenhus" is a medieval fortress in the oldest part of Bergen. Usually you see photographs of the main attractions, "Rosenkrantztårnet" and "Håkonshallen". Here is a picture of the northern part of the fortress, looking towards the fjord and the part of the city called Sandviken.

We can also see some of the old guns, though they are not much used these days. They have been used - in 1665 they helped fight off the English navy which wanted to capture a Dutch merchant fleet which had taken refuge in Bergen.

Today, more peaceful and modern uses of a fortress dominate on sunny days in the spring...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Telephone booth

No, I have not been to Britain lately, at least not for six months. This telephone booth is in fact in Bergen, Norway! Although it looks a bit worse for wear, it still contains a telephone. And why should there be a British telephone booth i Norway? All I can think of is that the terminal for the ferry to Newcastle is close by.