17 Aug 2019

Geirangerfjord, Norway 2019

The Geirangerfjord is the epitome of an awesome Norwegian fjord. It is the most famous for sure. The captain did two 360s at the famous Seven Sisters waterfall so that all cabins could have a nice view.

Many people hopped off the ship at 7:30 AM to take the beautiful 7 hour tour winding around the mountains. We stayed on and watched our own two hour tour right from our balcony in the front of the ship.

These photos are courtesy of Yana Cabell who took the land tour. The houses have lawns on their roofs. This creates wonderful insulation and a lasting roof at a low cost.



16 Aug 2019

Alesund, Norway and Giske Island 2019

Alesund is one of Norway's most beautiful cities due to its Art Nouveau architecture. Like the rest of the country the panoramas are exquisite also.
Driving to Giske Island had a unique tunnel in that there was only one lane. There were several places along the way to pullover so that traffic in both directions can use the road. One direction always has the right of way.
There is a particularly interesting 12th century white marble church in Giske. Nobody knows where the marble came from (other than by boat). These days the marble is only visible in a few places - all on the outside.
Even the view from the church is pretty.
The Alnes Lighthouse was pretty. The viewpoint from the lighthouse was prettier.
Mt Aksia had yet another gorgeous view.

12 Aug 2019

Harstad, Norway 2019

Harstad is our northernmost stop this cruise. We crossed the Arctic Circle yesterday and still headed north.

Did you know that not all maps have the USA in the middle?
You can see what a beautiful day we had - no rain or wind and temperature in the mid sixties - and that is typical for this time of year.
Global warming factoid - It isn't happening this week, but if the Arctic ice cap melted it would raise the sea level around the world 20 feet.
These type ports are just fun for walking around. We did no touring today.
This area is one of the great spots to watch the Northern lights (Aurora borealis) because there is no pollution - light or otherwise. Don't try tonight though. The darkest they get now is some type of twilight. A month ago it was 24/7 daylight.
I think this thing is supposed to be some kind of art.
Dinner tonight was at yet another restaurant onboard, Setti Mare. It is particularly nice because they actually convert the nice breakfast/lunch buffet to a lovely Italian restaurant in the evenings. We are returning tomorrow.

10 Aug 2019

Bergen, Norway, 2019

Bergen is Norway's second largest city, yet quite quaint.
We traveled to Troldhaugen to visit the Edvard Grieg house, and to learn about his music.
The location itself quite beautiful on the outside as well.
Then it was up the funicular to the Mount Floyen viewpoint. 
We were a bit weather challenged. Since it rains here 240 days a year, that should not have been a big surprise for too many of the tourists. It's days like this that I enjoy sightseeing mostly from inside the bus.
Dinner tonight was at yet another elegant restaurant, Pacific Rim. You can guess the food type.

09 Aug 2019

Kristiansand, Norway 2019

Our first port was Kristiansand, on Norway's southern tip, across from Copenhagen.
We drove 20 miles up a scenic road to Lillesand and boarded the 80 foot SS Christiansand for a fun boat ride back through the Skagerrak Sea. Although the North Sea oil has changed the economy, it is all about beauty and a lifestyle along the water here.
Our group is enjoying the boat ride.
She just has to play with the merchandise.
Our ship.
We love onboard activities. Allyn took a French cooking class today.
Tonight we had dinner at Prime 7, an elegant steakhouse with elegant ambiance.