Norway is really awesome

Well after this crazy pandemic subsides things goes back to normal (or “new normal”?) hopefully, you are welcome to visit Norway.
When you are retired what is holding you back? (Except maybe the cost?)

If you want to see coastal Norway the best way is by the Coastal Express that operates daily from Bergen to Kirkenes v.v. on 12 day roundtrips, with 34 stops each way. Most of the route are in protected inshore waters, with a few open water crossings and the last bit along the arctic coast of Finnmark, from the North Cape to Kirkenes.(There are 6 ports of call on this stretch.
PS> Ports visited during the night one way are daytime ports the other way.

These are working ships, not cruise ship. There are no entertainment, except the nature that they sail thru and the activity in the ports, with cargo being discharge and loaded and local passengers leaving or joining. Some are going just to the next port, others may be going longer distances.

The big attraction during the summer season is the Midnight sun, since more than half the route is north of the Arctic Circle.
In the winter season it is the Northern Lights, the Polar night and the blue light in the short time there are any “daylight”.
In the Autumn and Spring seasons it is also the great difference between north and south. In the autumn the trees may be still green in the south, while it is full winter in the north. In the spring it is the opposite, with snow still on the ground in the north, while people are mowing their lawns in the south.

From 01.01.2021 there will be two companies on the service, Hurtigruten with 7 ships and Havila Kystruter with 4 brand new ships that will cover some of the daily sailing.

Here are links to their websites.


PS> Hurtigruten as a company also offer cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic with other ships in their fleet :
PS> Initially they will be chartering ship to fulfill their obligations, until their newbuilt ships are ready.
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Taken from the Hurtigruten website is this video with one of the most experienced (any popular) Expedition Leaders working for Hurtigruten:


Long but informative for those who are interested in knowing more about Norway (and Hurtigruten)

And they’re off. Looks like they’re strikeing strategically to avoid or delay shutdowns. Seems like quite a ballsy thing to do, given the market. Reckon they’re picketing the helideck?

This morning BBC reports the strike has been escalated, and volume produced will drop 8%.

Doesn’t look like there is much interest in mainstream Norwegian media. It is mentioned in the business press and more specialized media.

The general media is more busy with the ongoing strike among bus drivers in parts of the country that is now in it’s second week. Mainly affecting the Oslo area.

Now that sounds like a very enjoyable way to see the country!

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You are welcome to visit Norway, both in summer and winter season, or any other time of the year. (When the Pandemic subside to where travel is possible of course)

Personally I think May & June are the best months, especially to visit the fjords. There is plenty of daylight and the temperature can be very nice (but not guaranteed)

What is special is the scenery at that time of the year; still with white snow on the mountains, fresh leaves on the trees and very green grass on the fields.
The pink of the blooming fruit trees adds to the view:


And the greenish hue of the fjords caused by melt water:

PS> The waterfalls are also at their best at this time of the year
(Added bonus here is the Hurtigruten ship on her way in to Geiranger)

Maybe the best with that time of the year is that there are not a lot of tourists yet, but most of the facilities and services are in operation.

Speaking of Geiranger. They are building a cafe and other facilities at the lookout point on top of Dalsnipa, at1500 m. above sea level:


It is accessible by road in the summer months:

And of course when you are here in Norway you just HAVE to visit my home town, Ålesund, the gateway to the fjords:


The town centre burnt in 1904 and was built up again in Jugend (Art Nouveau) style from 1905-07:

Several world records were set during a seabed mineral research expedition to the Mohn Ridge.

A nice autumn day in Ålesund yesterday:


Not much snow left on the mountains here, but the days are getting shorter and colder, even with the sun shining.

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Weather change quickly on the NW coast of Norway.
Fresh snow has arrived on the mountains here over night:


But still only above abt. 1000 m. asl.

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This morning the snow limit is down to 5-600 m. asl out here at the coast and maybe as low as 2-300 m asl further inland:


PS> This is Sula mountain at 820m. asl.
BTW: The last bit of last year’s snow on Sula disappeared 15.Sept. this year according to a local men that has kept records since 1960.

UPDATE; in Bjorli there are already 1/2 m. of snow cover and 3 km. of prepared ski tracks for the enthusiasts:
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And now same view in clear weather:

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