Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bergen, Norway

Bergen was founded in 1070 and was the largest and most important port in medieval Norway as well as being the capital in the 12th and 13th centuries. Bergen was a central port for the Hanseatic league and the town’s … Continue reading

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Alesund, Norway

Alesund is at the entrance to the Stor (big) Fjord. It is laid out across three islands, Norvoy, Aspoy and Hessa linked by bridges and tunnels. The city grew around a castle built in the 9th century.  In 1904 the … Continue reading

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Geiranger, Norway

We entered the spectacular 16 km long Geirangerfjord (photo) about 7:00 am, having sailed for some time in the Sunnylvsfjorden, (photo) and sailed down to the head of the fjord to the village of Geiranger.  I was on deck at … Continue reading

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Molde, Norway

Molde is a replacement for the three ports that we have missed so far.  It is situated on the northern shore of Romsdalsfjord (two photos) on the Romsdal Peninsula. It is an old town which was a centre of the … Continue reading

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Djupivogur, Iceland

This is a very small hamlet of some 250 people which is interesting for its many antique homes and for its wildlife both onshore and on the nearby Papey Island, named for some Irish monks, the Papers, who were said … Continue reading

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik was settled in 874 by Ingolfur Arnason, a Dane who built a farm in what is now the centre of the capital.  He called it Reykjavik, Smoky Bay, to describe the prevalent geothermal steam.  The country was established as … Continue reading

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Fog, Icebergs and Gale Force Winds

I have met  people who have taken this particular cruise more than once and now I know why.  The weather is unpredictable and you may not call into some of  the scheduled ports.  On leaving Corner Brook, we knew we … Continue reading

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