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Hurtigruten

Monday

After a flat calm night, we berthed at Alesund. This is the city that began our Norway investigations as it is the home of Jim's company, Farstad. So we searched out their offices and Jim made himself known to a few of the staff members, plus a few picture opportunities.
Back on board, we sailed up the Geiranger Fjord and back, which took all day.
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This is the most indescribable scenery you could imagine - we will upload photos soon, but even they cannot convey the magnitude of the area. From the fjord, the mountains rise some 1600m, with massive waterfalls and still some are snow covered. It was awe inspiring and you know that you will all be subjected to our many photos.

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Hurtigruten

MS Midnatsol

Finally after three days of trying, I am able to log on to the blog.
Back to Sunday - we boarded MS Midnatsol at 6pm and set sail up the Norwegian coast.
The ship is 135m long and travels at about 15knots. It is very luxurious and well appointed (not as spectacular as Natchan Rera or Natchan World of course, but it is a different kind of vessel)
We are sharing with approx 600 other passengers, plus occasional day travellers, as we stop as at around three ports every day.
Technical details from Jim - three thrusters forward, two azimuth drives aft allows the vessel terrific handling.
Once again the food options are vast, with smorgesboard breakfasts and lunches, then set menu for dinner.
At night we share a table with 4 other Australians, one MUA member and wife, from Melbourne, and mechanical engineer and nurse from Newcastle - all seasoned travellers and full of stories.

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By The Way

It might be apparent by now that Jim is taking a break from making entries. He's off now taking photos of the Norwegian Sail Training Tall Ship (and helping them tie up of course) knowing that I can type twice as fast as him. Also, all the photos we manage to put up are taken by Jim, as his camera takes a small and large image with each shot, so we can upload his small sized pics more easily.

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Bergen

The Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

This hotel is worth writing home about. It is by far the most expensive on the journey. Norway is very expensive anyway, but Bergen is ridiculously costly for accommodation - they kind of have you over a barrel at this end of the world. Jim particularly wanted to stay here because it is the old harbour control building. It is decorated with lush tones of deep purple, leather couches, chandeliers - everything is so, so tasteful. We are very happy to be here for one night. Tomorrow we will look some more around Bergen, then join the Midnatsol for our voyage to the Arctic Circle.
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This is the Midnatsol arriving in Bergen for us to board.
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The view from the funicular rail.

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Oslo to Bergen

The Amazing Train Trip

The Oslo to Bergen train is considered to be one of the best train journeys in the world. The scenery is breathtaking from beginning to end. It's a journey which takes just under 7 hours, but the times slipped by as we went from one amazing scene to the next. About two hours in, there were the first sights of snow, then it just became more and more spectacular as we climbed to over 1200m above sea level. The descent into Bergen was more radid, and there were countless tunnels burrowing through the mountains. Arrived in Bergen atabout 6 pm.
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