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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Escape to Norway 2016- Stavanger

We’ve finally arrived: the first day in Norway. We were all extremely excited because we had been looking forward to the fjords for ages. However, as we stepped out onto our balconies to breathe in the Norwegian air, our excitement quickly washed away: it was raining. That was the first taste we got of the true Norwegian weather. It was chilly. The sun was nowhere to be seen. The skies were full of dark, grey clouds. On top of that, the rain kept coming down. Surprisingly, many of you may not know this, but August is actually the best time to visit Norway. I was having a hard time believing it in that moment. But, we tried to remain hopeful, for we had a busy day ahead of us. We were booked on a Princess Cruises’ shore excursion for the day. We chose the Pulpit Rock Hike, as we had…

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Escape to Norway 2016- London Day 3

The last day in the city of Red (black and white in my camera lens, sometimes!). Oh, how I miss it to this day. No vacation is better spent than just wandering around a city, map and camera in hand. Especially a city as amazing and as full of culture as London. We were all extremely sad that this was the last day in this glorious city, but we were all looking forward to the cruise we were about to embark to the fjords of Norway! A bitter-sweet ending in London, you could say. We started the day off with a walk to the famous Trafalgar Square. Perhaps the most noticeable symbol of the square is the lion sculpture, as pictured below. Whether it’s on the news, in movies, or in print, it is highly likely that you have seen these famous felines before. Trafalgar Square is a public square…

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