Having already uploaded two blog posts about our honeymoon cruising experience and the waterside views, here is my final Norway post. During our cruise, we were able to explore 9 different ports – starting with Stavanger and reaching up to Honningsvåg in the far north, before returning south and ending in Bergen. We saw so much over the trip, and I’d love to share a few of the highlights.
In Stavanger we visited the Petroleum Museum, but my favourite photo has to be this stencilled electrics box! It was only after our visit that I read about Stavanger being one of Norway’s hotspots for Street Art. We spotted a few pieces, but I want to go back and find more now.
Our second port was Skjolden – a beautiful village at the end of Lustrafjorden (a branch of Sognefjorden). We were booked to take a bike trip and hike to Drivande waterfall. The weather was fantastic and the views from the top of the hike, looking back down into the valley, were gorgeous.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side in Trondheim, but was still enjoyed exploring. Here’s the main entrance to Trondheim Cathedral. We didn’t go inside on this occasion, but instead headed up to Kristiansten Fortress.
Right across the towns and cities we visited, I loved seeing the colours of the predominantly wooden buildings. In some places, the colour scheme is controlled – like this first shot in Trondheim – but elsewhere it’s a real rainbow! (The second picture is Honnigsvåg town centre).
I couldn’t resist the boldness of the Ålesund lighthouse too.
Our most northerly port was Honningvåg. We were due to take a boat trip but unfortunately the wind had picked up too much so we rebooked on to a bus trip to the North Cape instead. At 71 degrees north, this is almost a far north as you can go in mainland Europe. We needed our woolly hats that day!
In Tromsø, you could spot the Arctic Cathedral from miles around. We weren’t able to go inside as there was a service happening, but I we managed to get a small glimpse of the stained glass window. We also headed up the cable car to see the fuller landscape. Check out those mountains in the distance.
The Lofoten Islands was probably my favourite stop on the tour, and I’ve already put some photos of Reine on my previous post. It was in Reine where we managed to get up close to the stockfish (cod). Drying racks peppered the landscape here and in the North Cape. The fish fillets been air drying since March and were just being collected in when we were visiting. (The fish heads were drying on a separate rack.)
Our final port was Bergen, and what better a way to conclude our honeymoon than to visit a Leprosy Museum! (Actually it was very interesting.)
So, all-in-all, an amazing honeymoon and holiday – I couldn’t have asked for more! I’m already pondering when we can make a return trip to Norway and I hope we can explore more of Scandinavia in the not too distance future.