Thursday, 26 January 2012


It can be great fun to go on ships' excursions.   Sometimes it is the only way to reach places and it also means the ship is going to wait for your return...

Today I booked several excursions and am really looking forward to them.

One word of warning-  make sure your travel insurance covers you for the activities you want to do.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Working on the line

Another complete change of direction,  literally.    The original itinerary was designed to avoid Easter when transport may not necessarily running to a normal schedule.

The dates for the NSB Sove sleeper train from Bergen to Oslo are marked as 'fully booked' and further investigation shows works on the railway line.   This means it is not possible to reach all the intended destinations.

Complete change of plan (number ?) and doing a land tour of the southern coast is no longer feasible because we'd not be able to spend long enough in any one place to do it justice.

Today I'm looking at leaving the Hurtigruten in Trondheim and taking the train down to Dombås,  Lillehammer and on to Oslo.  This means we arrive in Oslo a day earlier than originally planned.
A visit to Gjøvik is a distinct possibility (related to fishing) and we could perhaps add a stop at Finse on the way back to Bergen?   Bergen is our departure port from this particular sector of the Norwegian tour.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Itinerary changed again

I might point out that we're not entirely in control of which cruises we are sailing on,  or which ships for that matter.

This afternoon brings another change,  another ship and different dates.    As I keep saying,  I will update the itinerary once it is all sorted out.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

House sitting

Please will out regular house-sitters give us the dates they are interested in as soon as possible?

New dates added

Two more cruises have been added,  waiting on word on the third.  I'll work out the schedule and revise the itinerary.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Packing on hold

Just had news yesterday that the first part of the trip has been cancelled.    Ultimately the destinations will remain unchanged-  I'll revise the itinerary once full details arrive.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Packing lists

It seems far too early but I'm starting organising the packing tomorrow.

We're likely to visit two distinct climates-  warm southern fjords

photo in Oslo, April 2010

and the arctic north
(woolly jumpers and thermal underwear)

photo in the Arctic, February 2008