Stravenger Norway Don't miss the sailing into this gem of a port,and oddly also don't miss the Petroleum museum...amazing we spend about 3 hours learning about off shore drilling, how they transport crews, really interesting what Norway does with all their oil money...it was a clear beautiful day and great for walking the small town. The ships tie up right in the heart of town so easy walking.
Olden pop.250 Qm2 passenger 2,500! This was the port for visiting the famous Geiranger Fjord, which was part of the itinerary but changed to Olden...still not sure why but on the all day excursion we came away in awe of the scenery. We took a coach tour from the ship which went up over and around the snake like roads that one would think quite impossible to build...we skirted beautiful lakes, and went up to the 4,000 level where there was still snow...then back down the other side to Geiranger Fjord which is wow! had lunch in a lovely lodge then onto a ferry with the bus for a cruise on the fjord, then back to our home for tea & scones! What a day!
Tromso, above the Arctic Circle an oil town. It was rainy and quite cold there 44 degree...we opted to take a shuttle into town and walk to the modest Arctic aquarium, Norway is very keen on protecting their environment and it showed with this little museum, loads of local children learning. The town was having some sort of celebration as there were marching bands, and some sort of costumes Norwegian rowing whale boats..what a hoot!
Alesund-northern most European city 77 degrees north. Again we docked right in the middle of of this pleasant town so very easy walking about the streets. It was a bright sunny day nice to be out. We always seek local art galleries for local art but did not find anything we liked to bring home...and Norway is very expensive. The one gallery we really wanted to go into was closed...very independent I guess!
Hommingsvag-North Cape. Well above the tree line and very rugged land. It was raining but we did a walk-about before getting on a coach for a drive around the area. The thrill of this port is not the "frontier town" as it was pretty much closed up, guess they don't need any tourist $$$ as there were 2 other ships there as well....anyway a drive around was ok not really much to see except some raindeer along the road...they are much smaller than I thought. The coolest thing is actually being that far north!