Norway on Hurtigruten

Old Feb 8th, 2014, 07:28 AM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
This shows you eveything I wrote about above...scenic, pleasant, lucked out with good August weather, and dealt quite well with the infamously expensive tariffs. Plenty of groceries and small mom and pop eateries along the way for fairly-priced sandwiches and coffee out in the countryside. The Bergen fishmarket became a favorite with us, also. Lodgings where necessary (Radisson Trondheim, Bodo, Tromso etc,) were quite reasonable compared to Oslo and Bergen.

Enjoy your trip.

stu
https://picasaweb.google.com/stuartt...uHk6iIgbSEgAE#
tower is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 07:35 AM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 14,937
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you do the full or half Trip meals are included, usually full board, occasionally (like the first time I went) half board. Actually half board was fine - a good breakfast and the set evening meal were normally plenty. Only if the evening meal was delayed for some reason did I have something at lunchtime. The two times I went full board we were 2nd sitting for dinner so a light lunch was welcome.

The meals in the café are good, and aimed at the ferry passengers. I think the prices quoted for the meals in the restaurant are to put the ferry passengers off tbh. Last time we went, on a half price deal, the total price for the meals listed worked out at more than our entire trip, including airfares, had cost us!

Photos of two of my three trips can be found at http://www.buckphotos.garafiano.nl//...ten/index.html and http://www.buckphotos.garafiano.nl//...013/index.html.
Never did get around to posting photos from the second trip, which included Oslo and Bergen too.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 09:07 AM
  #23  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
hetismij2 Wow! Shires. What do they do with them? I have riding horses and camp in the mountains with them. Can't imagine trying to find help with drafts. I'm very lucky to have an experienced horse lady come once a week and when we're on vacation.
I'm also very happy about the casual atmosphere on the ship. I may own a dress - not sure.
Loved the photos - thank you so very much.
suoma is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 09:20 AM
  #24  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just viewed the photos again. Absolutely fantastic. We've never gone any place twice. Norway may be the exception.
suoma is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 09:37 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 14,937
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Suoma, they ride the shires. They also had a Clydesdale under saddle but sold him on, as he was a stallion, and worth more at stud.

My DIL has done endurance competitions on one, and they even jump them. She is an equine vet, so she looks after the horses when she can.

Glad you liked the photos. I hope you have wonderful weather and a really great time.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 10:33 AM
  #26  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Suoma: Looks like simple courtesy is dead and dying on this forum. When I take the time and interest to inlude photos of places I've been, I used to expect only two words.."Thank You"..now I rarely get any.I include photos merely to familiarize travelers with a geographical region...in this case Norway. I realize I'm an amateur photographer, but not looking for a critique, just an acknowledgment. Evidently even that's become hard to come by.
tower is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 10:36 AM
  #27  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Het..I did indeed look at all your pics and planned to comment and thank you like I always had in the past.
tower is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2014, 11:19 AM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 14,937
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Stu, I remember looking at your photos before. Such an inspiration always. Thank you.

Now you've got me wanting to go back again.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2014, 08:25 AM
  #29  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tower, So very sorry if I offended you. I've viewed the pictures twice and loved them. Noticed that you saw what looks like the changing of the guard at the palace. Is this a daily event? You were also at the Kon Tiki Museum which I'd love to see. At my age, Thor Heyerdahl was a hero when I was a teen ager.
suoma is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2014, 08:28 AM
  #30  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just looked at tower's and herismig2's photos for the third time. They get better with each viewing. Thank you so much. Only six weeks away.
suoma is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2014, 10:41 AM
  #31  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,403
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Lofoten will amaze you, as will north norway in general. Still remember the approach to Hammerfest in the early morning, on deck, seeing a pod of whales swimming towards us. Then the Snow White Liquid gas terminal came into view....

What I did find difficult is that on most stops you have very little time to explore, and the excursions southbound are not that interesting imo. I still remember sprinting, along with the staff, to the nearest supermarket to speed-buy very, very expensive oranges (everything has to be flown or shipped in, up north)

But the scenery at sea is ever interesting and I very much liked the relaxed and informal pace on board. I had to finish something for an exhibition, so I spent most mornings and some of the afternoons working, and that was fine.
menachem is offline  
Old Feb 11th, 2014, 04:47 PM
  #32  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you Suoma. Yes, I do believe changing of the guard is daily. The Kon Tiki display is on Bygdoy Peninsula... take the little put-put boat near City Hall and on to Bygdy in minutes, the outdoor folk museum and the viking ship.

You will certainly enjoy Norway and you'll find your way around the prohibitive prices. Bergen has some very good. little Chinese restaurants and a few mom-and-pops that are much less expensive, and the smaller grocery stores, too. Fish market sandwich and salad prices are not too bad, and delicious. (Take the Svartisen, Black Ice Glacier, side trip..worth it).
stu
tower is offline  
Old Feb 11th, 2014, 05:10 PM
  #33  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,403
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Don't discount bakeries for lunch. Lots of bakeries in Norway, Bergen especially included, have specialties and tables and coffee for lunch. Apart from Kon Tiki and the Viking ships, Bigdøy also has the Fram museum, devoted to polar exploration. Bigdøy in its entirety is worth a good part of the day for exploration. It's a lovely area.
menachem is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Eliana
Europe
9
Mar 26th, 2016 03:06 PM
hellosun
Europe
28
Mar 29th, 2014 03:57 PM
isemida
Europe
22
Apr 24th, 2013 04:14 PM
newyorkais35
Europe
15
Mar 14th, 2011 07:24 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:42 PM.