Today was an absolutely perfect day, warm and sunny with a cool breeze. We spent a lot of time out on deck enjoying the weather and the wonderful scenery.
We also got a chance to taste local mussels.
This morning we docked in Trondheim and spent a couple of hours walking around and exploring the city. We visited the Cathedral and the Army Museum. The Cathedral is Scandinavia’s largest Medieval building. The original building was built in 1153.
At the Army Museum we spent most of our time on the top floor where they have the museum of the World War II Norwegian Resistance.
This evening we docked in Rørvik. While we were there the southbound Hurtigruten ship Lofoten was also docked. It is a beautiful ship and is the oldest and smallest ship in the Hurtigruten fleet. We got to go on board for five minutes to take a look.
Today our ship sailed into what is probably the most famous fjord in Norway, Geirangerfjord. We spent all day going east and south until we were deep in a narrow water way with steep cliffs and waterfalls all around us at the head of the fjord.
The expedition staff on the ship gave us a couple of interesting presentations during the day. We had periods of rain and sun all day. They described the weather as trollish. They also told us that Bergen had 278 days with rain last year.
Our ship stopped this morning and this evening at Ålesund the town at the opening of the Fjord. Both times we got off for a bit and walked around.
Hurtigruten offers a lot of shore expeditions as add on to the trip. We didn’t do any today but they offered one for which people got off the ship at the end of the fjord and went on a bus tour. The people on that expedition will meet the ship at a town we stop at later tonight. At one of the info meetings today the staff showed a video of the road that the bus tour took today. It is called Stegastein. The video shows the road being cleared of snow in the spring. It’s a pretty amazing video. You can see it here.
This evening we left Bergen on the Hurtigruten Ship Richard With. We will be on the ship for six nights as we move up the Norwegian coast stopping at 34 ports. If you would like to see where we are at any time you can click on the map icon on this page.
It rained off and on all day but after checking out of our hotel we spent the afternoon walking along the Bergen coastline checking out the sites.
This morning we did laundry. While we were waiting for it to finish I had a great time browsing in the yarn store in the train station across the street.
This afternoon we took the funicular to the top of Mt Fløyen overlooking Bergen. From the top we took a short walk around the lake.
For dinner we had reindeer sausage with lingonberry sauce, mustard and onions. As we ate we walked along the harbor by the old shipping warehouses. The area is called the Bryggen.
Our train from Voss to Bergen was at 2 this afternoon, so we had time this morning to walk to the Voss Folkemuseum. It was really interesting to see the 16 old farm buildings some of them date back to the 17th century.
One of the interesting things we have seen throughout Norway is the variety of roofing material. We have seen a lot of sod roofs on both old buildings and new. In many areas we have also seen a lot of slate roofs.
In Bergen we are staying very near the harbor. This afternoon we enjoyed exploring.
In the fish market we saw many interesting fish but I have never seen crab as big as the enormous king crab in the market.
For dinner we had fish sitting at a restaurant overlooking the harbor.
Today we took the train through the mountains to Vass. The scenery of glaciers, waterfalls and mountains was stupendous.
In Vass we are staying at Store Ringheim overlooking the town. Once we were checked in we went for a beautiful walk.
We ate at the restaurant in the hotel. We started with beet soup and chicken livers.
Then Duke had lamb and I had beef.
And for desert we had strawberry cheesecake and mango sorbet. They grow the strawberries in the hotel garden. It was all wonderful.
It’s always nice to spend two nights in the same place. Today we went up the chairlift at the Geilo ski resort. There were lots of people taking their bikes up the lift and riding the various trails down.
From the top of the chairlift we took a hike to Hakkesetstølen where we bought coffee and hot chocolate and had a picnic.
The vegetation here reminds me of the high Sierras near the tree line. Although our altitude was only about 3,500 feet today we are now at about 60 degrees north latitude which is about as far north as Anchorage, Alaska.
Since we are staying in such a cozy little cabin we decided to stay in and have cheese, crackers, and salami for dinner.
After dinner we went for a short walk by the river.
Today was a rest day. We took a short train ride from Ål to the mountain town of Geilo.
We are staying in a cute little apartment that I think is primarily designed to be used by skiers in the winter. It has rained off and on all afternoon. We spent the afternoon relaxing and reading.
During a period of lighter showers we went to the grocery store to get some food for dinner. It is always fun to see what local grocery stores carry. Below you can see caviar and reindeer meat.
We bought some beer and a frozen pizza and had a gourmet feast!
Tomorrow it is supposed to be dry so we are planning a hike.
The breakfast room in the guesthouse where we spent the night last night was built in about 1620. It has been in the same family ever since. The room was full of beautiful old folk art. The breakfast room is on the right in the picture below. Our room is in the upper left.
Our train ride today was stage two of our five stage train trip from Oslo to Bergen. We went two stops in about thirty minutes and are now in the town of Ål. In winter Ål is a ski destination with a biathlon and cross country stadium. According to the guide book they have two of Norway’s longest toboggan runs. This afternoon we hiked up a steep trail to a lookout over the town.
One of the most amazing things we saw was theses mushrooms. To me they look like they came right out of a fairy tale. I’ve never seen anything like them.
We had a very good dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Then we went for a walk around the church next door.
The train ride from Oslo to Bergen is supposed to be one of the highlights of visiting Norway. We are going to do it in five stages. Today we took the train from Oslo to the little town of Nesbyen. It is about a two and a half hour ride.
We walked the mile or so from the train station to the guest house where we are staying. This town is charming. The colorful houses, neatly manicured yards and the forests remind me of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
After checking in we went for a walk, admired the scenery and bought some food for a picnic dinner in our room.
Now we are sitting in our cozy room reading.