Norway, I’ve missed you.

Back in Norway again after a year! The fjords, the serenity, and the views … they just couldn’t keep me away after the Norwegian trip last summer! This time, our cruise ship was docking in Geiranger, a port that wasn’t included in the itinerary last year. Geirangerfjorded is deemed the third best Norwegian fjord, so I couldn’t wait to marvel (and maybe cry) at its beauty. The mountains that surround the water running through, the fresh air, the sound of silence – it’s all so captivating. The fun had started at around 5 am that morning (The waking up part was not so fun). Our cruise ship was passing through Geirangerfjorden and the captain informed us that the best views were going to be waiting for us at around 6 to 7 am, with a look at the famous Seven Sisters waterfall at around 8:30 am, right before we dock.…

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Escape to Norway 2016: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands

And I’m officially back to continue and finish off the “Escape to Norway 2016” blog series. Yes, it’s been a while, but even during the frenzy of deadlines, work, never ending project tasks, and the start of the new year, I didn’t forget about where I had left off in picture-perfect Norway. The fjords were always on my mind. So now on to our next stop: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands. Get ready for another day of wind and rain! (Or just another day in Norway, you could say.) I have to admit: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands was not my favourite stop. Many of the views were great, but the rain kept coming down hard that day. Looking back, many of my memories of that port are just sheets of rain and soaking clothes. Many memories of great attractions were tarnished by the ongoing pouring of rain. Our first…

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Escape to Norway 2016 – Honningsvag (North Cape), Norway

Apparently, we just didn’t get enough of the cold so we decided to travel all the way up to Honningsvag, which is where North Cape, Europe’s most northern point, is located. (Please note this is completely sarcastic.) Once again, we chose to do another shore excursion with the cruise line. Because of the long drive, North Cape isn’t an extremely accessible place to visit if you don’t have pre-arranged transportation. However, I do know many of the other passengers who pre-booked a tour with a private company, and their plan was to meet with that tour at the pier. The good thing about that situation is that you do save lots of money. By “lots” of money, I mean that many of the passengers only paid about half of what we paid. The bad thing about pre-booking a tour with a private company is that if for some reason, the…

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Escape to Norway 2016- Trondheim, Norway

On to Trondheim, now! I have to be honest. The weather was not great, as you can see in the picture above. It was a pretty gloomy day, and the rain just kept coming down. But, then again, being in Norway, what else is new? A couple fun facts: Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. It has a population of 187,353, as of January 2016. Originally discovered in 997 as a trading post, it actually acted as Norway’s capital from 1030 to 1217. The city has played a key role in Norway’s history and the Nidaros Cathedral, one of its most popular landmarks, has been a popular pilgrimage site for nearly 1000 years. Trondheim is the first port of call where we didn’t plan our day around a shore excursion. Trondheim is a place that is fairly easy to get around. All you need is a good pair of legs and…

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Escape to Norway 2016- Olden, Norway

This is the post you have been waiting for. Out of the 8 ports of call we visited, Olden was definitely one of my favourites. It was absolutely beautiful. If the weather co-operated, it would have been even more lovely. Now, you can see for yourself. We chose to do another shore excursion with Princess Cruises; often times, we find that it is so much easier to book a tour with them than to have to pre-arrange everything ourselves. Yes, it is more expensive, but after all, this is a vacation! Who wants to stress about finding the way to the tourist attractions you want to see? By booking a tour, you just get on the bus and they take you to the places you want to go. Much easier! We chose the Lovatnet Lake Cruise and Kjenndalen Glacier. I was actually a little hesitant with this tour; I wanted to choose…

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