PLACES VISITED

Oslo - Bergen by train

Floro - Kristiansund

Trondheim - Rorvik

Bronnoysund - Svolvaer

Stokmarknes - Skjervoy

Oksfjord - Berlevag

Batsfjord - Kirkenes

Mehamm - Tromso

Vesteralen and Lofoten islands

Bodo - Rorvik

Trondheim - Molde

Alesund - Bergen

Bergen

Oslo

 

 

We undertook this journey with the goal of attending the Northern Lights. We bought the trip

"Perspectives and Emotions" with Hurtigruten in France(http://www.hurtigruten.fr). this trip begins in Oslo

We take the train to Bergen. We had second class tickets. All cars have the same comfort.

In first class, you are eligible for Norwegian newspapers and magazines, no need to buy a 1st class ticket.

In Bergen we boarded the ship MS Trollfjord, a boat built in 2002 and made the complete circuit

Bergen to Kirkenes on the Russian border, and then return from Kirkenes to Bergen.

 

 

 monday, february 13, 2006

 

departure to Oslo in the early afternoon because our SAS flight in the morning was deleted.

From the airport an express train leads us to the city center in 20 minutes. (Price: 160 NOK)

 

 tuesday, february 14, 2006

We decided to take the train to Bergen and at 10:30 we boarded a railcar

created for children and the disabled. This type of car with a slide does not exist in France but it is a

excellent idea because all children have played during the 7:15 trip. During this long journey, we were

surprised to see several young women who knit, a rare phenomenon in France. The route Oslo - Bergen is

of 475 km. We start from sea level to rise up to 1222m and then descends to sea level

The varied landscapes traversed are: frozen lakes, snow-capped mountains, ski resorts, fjords ... The beauty on earth

 

Oslo railway station

landscape between Oslo and Bergen

 

landscape between Oslo and Bergen

 

landscape between Oslo and Bergen

 

landscape between Oslo and Bergen

 

landscape between Oslo and Bergen

 

We went to the ferry terminal and we got on the ship Trollfjord.

We left Bergen to 22:30 as planned.

 

our boat

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  wednesday, february 15, 2006

At 6:45, we are at Maloy for 45 minutes. At 10:30, we stop at Torvik for 15 minutes.

We start again to Ålesund that we reach to 12H and we will leave at 15H. We walked in the streets

 of this charming city where we had the chance to see the fishermen selling their products from their boats.

We have recognized Ålesund visited in 1997 except that the old pharmacy has become a restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maloy bridge

 

Ålesund

 

Ålesund

 

Ålesund

 

fisherman at Ålesund

 

fisherman at Ålesund

 

 

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  thursday, february 16, 2006

Arrival in Trondheim in the morning at 6 o'clock. After breakfast, we visited another Trondheim as seen in 1997.

Trondheim was icy. You should know that in Norway, the sidewalks are not plowed and it is better to be equipped

with spikes during the visits.

 

a street in Trondheim

Trondheim and its houses on stilts

 

Bybro bridge built in 1861

 

houses on stilts seen from bridge Bybro

 

Trondheim

 

Nidaros cathedral

 

Trondheim is the ancient capital of the Vikings. The cathedral is the place where the kings of Norway are crowned.

In Norway, places of worship are often owned by the state and are then shared by different religions.

 

 

Munkholmen means the island of the monks

On the island of Munkholmen, Vikings executed their enemies.

Shortly after the year 1000, it was built a monastery.

It was transformed into a fortress and then in prison from 1658.

 It was placed cannons in defense of Trondheim.

But this did not prevent the Swedish to take Trondheim

 in 1658 and 1718.

 

 

 

 

Kjeungskjaer light house

After Trondheim, we are in the land of the Vikings.

 

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 friday, february 17, 2006

At 7:20, we passed the Arctic Circle materialized by this globe.

 

 

 

 

 

the god of the sea

We were treated to a ceremony hosted by Neptune,

the god of the sea, which we presented a certificate proving

that we have crossed the Arctic Circle.

 

we arrived to Ornes  at 9am and left to 9:30. From April 4, it is possible to make the trip to the glacier

Svartisen and then taking a bus for Bodo, stopping at Saltstraumen to see the strongest ocean current

in the world.

 

Ornes

Ornes

 

Ornes

 

Ornes

Ornes

We stopped over in Bodo, a harbor where ferries leave for the Lofoten Islands.

 

Bodo

 

after Bodo

 

after Bodo

 

We were disappointed to have stops at the Lofoten Islands in the night, in both directions. we went down to

Stamsund and Svolvaer but it was too dark to recognize the wonderful landscapes seen in 1997.

 Too bad!

 

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 saturday,february 18, 2006

Arriving at 6:45AM in Harstad, the capital of Vesteralen that we leave at 8:00AM.

 

Harstad

Harstad

 

We stopped in the small harbor of Finnsnes

 

Finnsnes

Finnsnes

 

before arriving at Tromso at 14:30.

 

Tromso bridge

Tromso view from the boat

the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso (1965)

 

We took the tour of "Husky safari" through the Arctic Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

A 22H, we had a presentation on the Finnmark for only three French on board.

We learned that it is offensive to call people "Lapp" but needs to be said "Sami"

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 sunday, february 19, 2006

Today, we are at 2000Kms north pole. As it is Sunday We have had a brunch.

At 9:30, we stopped at Havoysund

 

 

wind turbines before the arrival at Havoysund

 

Havoysund

 

At 11:45, we arrived in Honningsvag.

 

Honningsvag

Honningsvag

 

Honningsvag

Honningsvag is especially known for many tourists

who visit the North Cape because this is where the boats stop.

 

where we took a bus to the North Cape. From 13 km from the finish,

the three buses went on convoy preceded by a snowplow. In winter only buses are allowed to go

to North Cape.

 

The North Cape is represented by the globe

the latitude of North Cape

 

I almost lose my head

 

landscape of North Cape

 

landscape of North Cape

 

A beautiful sky leaving Honningsvag

 

 

In the evening we saw the Northern Lights but we missed our shots.

 

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 monday, february 20, 2006

Today the weather is much colder and we even see ice patches appearing on the sea

 

Barents Sea

First stop at Vadsø between 7H45 and 8H15

 

Vadsø

then it is Kirkenes, the last town step of the boat.

 

Kirkenes

Kirkenes

our boat Trollfjord at the port of Kirkenes among ice

 

We took the trip to the Russian border without a consistent view of the Russian and Norwegian Customs.

 

border

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you've never seen open-pit mine, so take the tour. If so, the Russian border in winter

not worth the trip. We can not even bring a T-shirt, the only gift shop offers only Russian dolls!!

Kirkenes is a melting pot of different peoples: 10% of Russians, Finns, Sami, Norwegians

and even a small French community.

 

 

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 tuesday, february 21, 2006

While Charles was at the doctor in Hammerfest, Anny took place within the polar bear royal club founded in 1963.

 

Hammerfest

Hammerfest

 

 

Hammerfest is the northernmost city in the world.

 

After we stopped to Øksfjord then for 2 hours we had a rough sea.

 

Oksfjord

Oksfjord

 

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 wednesday, february 22, 2006

We had breakfast at 7:30 to make the trip to Harstad-Sortland. During a visit to the church of Trondenes

, The ground was frozen and one of our German colleagues slipped and opened the skull.

He was taken to hospital and returned mid-morning.

 

 

 

We had enjoyed by the northwest part of Vesteralen, but the trip along the fjords was beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the ferry that takes us across the fjord

 

 

 

We arrived before our boat at Sortland.

 

 

The boat stopped at Stokmarknes, the birthplace of Hurtigruten.

 

Stokmarknes

Stokmarknes

 

We passed the Rastsundet Strait and at the end we saw the entrance of the Trollfjord.

The ship did not sail there in winter because of ice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance to Trollfjord in the center of the picture

 

 

In the Strait of Rastsundet, the boat touches the shore.

Unfortunately, the weather was not present

to fully appreciate the scenic beauty.

 

In the evening, the ship arrived in Svolvaer, we have landed, but apart from the small fishing port.

We have not recognized much.

 

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 thursday, february 23, 2006

We were on deck at about 9 am. We took pictures of landscapes

and small villages located along the coast.

 

 

 

in the foreground, a salmon farm

 

One such village includes a school attended by 7 students and 3 adults. The boat operates

the siren and children send large signals to passengers.

 

 

 

 

Soon after, we passed the polar circle indicated by a globe on a small island.

 

 

Stopping an hour at Sandnessjoen that we visited without forgetting the sculpture of the Norwegian

priest and poet Petter Dass.

 

Petter Dass

 

Sandnessjoen

Sandnessjoen

 

Sandnessjoen

 

Sandnessjoen

 

We went down to Bronnoysund in fog.

 

Bronnoysund

 

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 friday, february 24, 2006

6:30 arrival in Trondheim and departure at 10:30. Many passengers disembarked and took

the train from Trondheim to Oslo. We regretted not having thought of this solution.

 

As the Trollfjord, the Coastal Express Narvik made a stopover at Trondheim.

 

At 11am, the cruise director told us the decoration of the boat: the colors are those of the autumn and winter.

We filmed Kristiansund from the deck.

 

 

Kristiansund

 

Kristiansund

 

 

Kristiansund

 

 

Kristiansund

 

 

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 saturday, february 25, 2006

arrival at 7:45 in Floro. Shooting from the deck

 

before Florø

before Florø

 

Florø

 

after Florø

 

and leaving Floro the lighthouse Stabben.

 

 

Sunny day today and we stayed on deck until the arrival in Bergen at 14:30.

 

 

the arrival to Bergen

the arrival to Bergen

 

the arrival to Bergen

 

the arrival to Bergen

 

the arrival to Bergen

 

We visited the fish market still open on Saturday afternoon.

 

Bergen

the fish market

 

the area of the Hanseatic League was not such busy as in summer.

 

 

 

 

 

It rains 300 days a year to Bergen, but every time we visited we had the sun.

 

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 sunday,february 26, 2006

It snows on Bergen. We visit the city in the morning but everything is closed and it is cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, we flew to Oslo and we took the express train to get to our hotel.

 

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 monday, february 27, 2006

After dropping off our luggage at the hotel, we went in the tourist office and got back the "pass"

offered by Hurtigruten. With the Pass, you do not pay transportation and you can visit some museums for free.

 

Central station area

Central station area

 

Oslo harbor

 

Oslo harbor

 

Oslo harbor

 

Oslo harbor

 

We wanted to know Norway in the winter to see snow scape. This was the case but only

from Tromso and we enjoyed the party Tromsø - Kirkenes we have done under the sun.

We have not had the chance to return because we have found the sun only at the arrival in Bergen.

Our thanks to Mr. Egbert Pijfers, the cruise director who spoke very good

our language and who took care of three small French among the hundreds of passengers present.

 

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