Bergtatt Marble Mine/ Day 11

Written on March 17, 2018 in Norway

A quick stop on our way to the mystical marble caves at Naas! The caves are a result of mining operations since 1938. We boarded a bus and headed  out into the  beautiful Norway rural/farming landscape stopping to take a few pics along the way before we reach our destination. Smile 🙂 Once we arrive...

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Svolvaer / Day 9

Written on March 15, 2018 in Norway

Our ship pulled into  Svolvær, the biggest city on the archipelago and de facto capital of Lofoten around  6 pm. We then boarded a small van for about a 45 minutes ride to Hov Hestegård Riding Centre located in Gimsoysand Norway. When we arrived at Hov we were greeted and were chosen an Icelandic horse for us to...

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Kirkenes and the Russian Border/ Day 8

Written on March 13, 2018 in Norway

Kirkenes is the only town in Norway where East meet West.  Kirkenes had more than 300 bombing raids from Soviet airplanes. More than 1000 times during the war years, the Air Raid alarms were sounded. This was because Kirkenes was one of the most strategic places in Europe during the war. Due to its geography...

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North Cape Norway / Day 7

Written on March 12, 2018 in Norway

Our Ship arrived at Honningsvag Norway and we had enough time to take a tour of Norway’s northernmost city. Photo taken by Mandolyne Photo taken by Mandolyne Photo taken by Mandolyne After a tour of Honningsvag we headed to North Cape, the outermost point of Finnmark.  No point farther north is inhabited by people. Just the drive to...

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Tromso Norway / Day 6

Written on March 12, 2018 in Norway

We arrived in Tromso a Norwegian island city, north of the arctic circle,it is also home to the world’s northernmost University. We were ready to go!   Our Guide named Anita met us outside our ship and was ready to show us  her town.  Arabella was so excited when she found out our guide’s name, remembering what...

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Bodo Norway – Day 5

Written on March 10, 2018 in Norway

It was a very busy day today…. Dad woke us up bright and early to let us know that we are going to be crossing the arctic circle.   We even had special T shirts to wear.   The adults did some pretty strange things when crossing…. like  having a troll pour water down the...

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Trondheim Norway/ Day 4

Written on March 9, 2018 in Norway

Trondheim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 AD as a trading post, and it served as the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217. While we were visiting  Trondheim we took a ride on the  world’s most northerly tramway system.  The Trams system used to be a larger  but parts...

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Ålesund Norway

Ålesund Norway

Written on March 7, 2018 in Norway

Perched at the top of Norway’s Western Fjord country, picture-perfect Alesund is spread over several islandsstretching into the Atlantic.  Ålesund is a port town located at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord.   The Geirangerfjord is known as one of the jewels of the Norwegian fjords. With its characteristic S shape, high waterfalls and a...

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Getting to our Ship the MS Richard With – Hurtigruten

Written on March 5, 2018 in Norway

We will be visiting around 34 ports, most never visited by commercial cruise liners, our ship delivers freight, mail and passengers to remote communities, some of which are home to just a few hundred people.  Day 1, March 5 2018 – arrived in Bergen.  We flew out of Boston Logon airport 5:30 pm EST stopping...

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