S: ICELAND, NORWAY, & BRITISH ISLES CRUISE, AUGUST 2009
1: Iceland, Norway & British Isles Cruise | Crown Princess July 31st, 2009 - August 12, 2009 | Southampton,UK Bergen, Norway Olden, Norway Geiranger, Norway Aalesund, Norway Akureyri, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland Belfast, N. Ireland Southampton, UK
2: Norway | We loved Norway and all the hikes we took. A beautiful country.
3: Bryggen | Bergen, Norway
4: We rode the funicular up to Mt. Floyen. From there we hiked several hours further up the mountain and then back down into Bergen. Wonderful views.
5: Olden, Norway | A beautiful little town. We did 2 longer hikes here, one up the mountain and one in the valley. We walked about 28 km.
8: We saw many waterfalls and some small farms high above us in the Geirangerfjord area.
9: GeirangerFjord Center | G | E | I | R | A | N | G | E | R | Vesteras Farm
10: In Geiranger we did a 10 km hike. First up to Vesteras farm, and then through the farm and up to Losta. At 500 m the view from the lookout was spectacular. The weather was great, around 70 degrees. Very memorable. | Nick and Chris - Losta veiwpoint.
11: ALESUND | Our 4th and last port in Norway. We did a short hike up to the Kniven viewpoint on Fjellstua. This was about a 20 minute hike that ended with 418 steps to the top. After descending we did a walking tour of this Art Nouveau city.
12: ICELAND | Our first port in Iceland was the small town of Akureyri. Our weather remained wonderful with temperatures in the lower 70's.
13: Even Iceland has it's Curry places and we had lunch here. Also tried the local Brew!
14: Godafoss Falls | We took a small tour bus out to Godafoss Falls. Pagan statues were thrown into the falls when Christianity was introduced in Iceland | On our voyage from Akureyri to Reykjavik we sailed by two large icebergs.
15: REYKJAVIK | The Pearl (Perlan), sits on top of six geothermal water tanks Because of the high number of volcanoes, geothermal energy is used for heat and electricity. Pipelines deliver it from the source. | fire & ice
16: Blue Lagoon | Our bus tour of Reykjavik included a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Didn't have time for a swim and I'm not sure I would actually have wanted to go in. The Lagoon is heated by the geothermal plant seen in the background.
18: BELFAST | Belfast was our port-of-call in Ireland. We anchored close to the dry docks where the Titanic was built, the White Star Lines. Some of the Tall Ships were in port for the Tall Ships Regatta.
19: Our shore excursion in Ireland included Dunluce Castle, the Giant's Causeway and a tour of the areas surrounding Belfast. Duncluce Castle is about 2 miles from Bushmills.
21: Looking down on the Giant's Causeway.
22: Walking in Bergen | Sunset in Norway