Norway 2015                     

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For 2015 we'd discussed the idea of a road trip to Norway, something we'd fancied for quite some time but when I started the initial planning in late 2014 it soon became evident just how expensive it was going to be. Hotels and eating out in the Scandinavian countries is many times dearer than it is here in the UK . Also a big problem was the fact that there are no ferries from the UK to Stavanger anymore, that one finished operating in 2008, followed by the one to Edjberg in Denmark in 2014. This would have meant a long drive through, Holland. Germany, Denmark and Sweden before we even reached Norway.   

So, we threw a few ideas around and decided, against our better judgement, that the easiest and least expensive way to see Norway would be to book ourselves on a Norwegian Fjord cruise.  A few weeks later saw us fully booked up with Fred Olsen on their ship the Black Watch leaving Liverpool on 11th May 2015. We chose an early in the year cruise as we thought there would still be some snow around and it would be quieter than later in the year during the summer months.  This is the story of our trip, same format as last years France trip - i.e no blurb, just the annotated pictures.


Getting There


Monday May 11th: arriving at Liverpool to board our ship, the aging Black Watch. We won't reach Alesund in Norway until Thursday 14th



The "3 Graces" - The Liver, The Cunard and The Port of Liverpool buildings make an impressive sight



Getting ready to leave, with a little help from a tug boat pulling us out into the Mersey



And .......we're away under our own steam



The Royal Iris, this is a renamed ferryboat, the famous original (AKA The "Fish 'n Chip Boat") lies rotting away somewhere on the River Thames 







Passing the lighthouse at New Brighton as we leave the Mersey Estuary.



Porthole view from our cabin, getting into the Irish Sea



Our wee cabin 



Passing the Hebrides and the Scottish coastline










Approaching Alesund, early morning. It was freezing and very windy out here




Docking at Alesund



View from a cafe window 



Alesund from Mount Askla, with the Black watch in dock on the left. 







The harbour at Alesund





A bit trespassing on the quayside brought us to this vantage point for a decent shot of the ship



Leaving Alesund for the overnight cruise to Hellesynt


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