Sunday, 14 October 2018

Cruising Around Europe

I was fortunate to go on two cruises last year, the first around the Norwegian Fjords and the second around the southern Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Back in June, 2017 we set sail from Southampton, heading for Norway. Our first port of call was Stavanger, Norway's third largest cruise portOld Stavanger, is a collection of old wooden homes nestled along meandering cobblestone streets, and is in fact the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe.
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Old Stavangar
On leaving Stavangar we sailed north to Nordfjord which is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coast line. At the end of the fjord, is the pretty village of Olden.
Photo Art of Olden
Approaching Olden
Farmland on the shore of Nordfjord, with snow covered mountains almost hidden by the whispy clouds.
Photo Art of Olden
Olden is located at the mouth of the Oldeelva river at the northern end of the Oldedalen valley on the southern shore of the Nordfjorden, and is about 65 miles from the mouth of the fjord.

When we left Olden we travelled back up the Nordfjorden before heading further north to the town of Alesund, which has deservedly been called the most beautiful city in Norway. After a fire destroyed the city in 1904, it was rebuilt in the art nouveau style with around 600 pastel-coloured buildings, decorated with florid facades and fairy-tale turrets. There are panoramic views of Ă…lesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords from the Mount Aksla lookout.
Photo Art of Alesund
Alesund From Above.
Looking down on the town of Alesund from the Mount Aksla lookout. Ă…lesund sits on a narrow, fishhook-shaped sea-bound peninsula. 
Photo Art of Alesund
Alesund Centre
After leaving Alesund we set sail for Bergen, which has a reputation as the rainiest city in Norway, receiving 235 days of rainfall a year. Unfortunately, as we entered the port, the ship's captain announced that it had just set a record for the most consecutive days rainfall of 26 days. Needless to say, I did not take many photos that day!

I will end this post here, but check back in two or three days and I will post about our Mediterranean cruise - which had almost no rain!


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