S: Trip to Norway 2010
FC: NORWAY 2010
1: We're ready! Norway here we come! Flew out of Minneapolis on Thursday, September 9 at 12:30 pm - Arrive in Bergen on Friday September 10 at 11: 30 am. | Switch Planes in Sweden | In the air again | Flying over Norway
2: First Stop - Bergen | View from top of Floibanen
3: Friday, September 10. Checking out the sites in Bergen on the way to our Comfort Hotel Holberg. Fabulous breakfast buffet!
4: Saturday September 11 during the day, we visited King Haken Hakensson's Palace, the Fish Museum, and the Hanseatisk Museum at the Bryggen. | In the evening we had "Fish Soup" at Spiesetedet Pa Hoyden
5: We could walk to the main city plaza in Bergen and watched a concert as well as many other tourists. Sunday September 12 we hiked up the hill past the cathedral. There we visited the Sjofartsmuseum (Maritime Museum)
6: A trek up the Floibanen to the top of the hill allowed us to see all of the city below
7: We walked down from the top through the lush forest and viewed the rooftops as we descended | The old city of Bergen is full of fun colors and steep roofs.
8: Down at the Bryggen the markets were full of vendors. Seafood, dried fish, cheese and artwork was proudly displayed.
9: The maritime and fishing history was evident wherever we were in Bergen. | We were always intrigued by the various details of the old buildings in the city
10: Monday September 13 The train trip across Norway to Oslo included several stops along the way and some amazing scenery
11: In Oslo, we walked from our hotel to the Vigelandsparken where the sculptor Gustov Vigeland had carved hundreds of figure sculptures now included as a city park.
12: The streets of Oslo were a mix of historic and modern city living | Tuesday September 14 - In the morning we walked to the Akershus slott og Festning (Castle and Fortress).
13: The Changing of the Guard at the Festning | The old fortress showed many years of construction and several areas were under restoration. Mary outside of the Museum of Architecture
14: Tuesday, September 14 The Oslo Opera House had recently been completed. The whole roof was a plaza to walk around the building.
15: There were plenty of attractions around Oslo including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Nobel Peace Center
16: Wednesday, September 15 - took the train from Oslo to Kristiansand (3-1/2 hour ride). Unni picked us up at airport late that evening. The next day after hiking around town she took us to a fantastic restaurant by the fish market for dinner.
17: Unni's lovely flat on top of hill overlooking the city of Kristiansand. This is where we stayed until Friday.
18: The Domkirke in Kristiansand - amazing wood construction
19: Farmer's Market in Kristiansand
20: Some of the sights in and around the fish market area. Met Unni's sister (Olaug) and brother-in-law (Inge). Their children are Annos (5), and twins Thomas and Daniel (3). We had dessert at their home after our dinner at the wharf. Very fun evening.
22: After spending the morning in town on Friday, September 17th, Unni took us to the Odderoya. There were many coastal bunkers and former gun positions from WWII. We left Kristiansand and traveled to the lowest tip of Norway to Lindesnes. The wind was fierce but we were still able to climb the rocks and to the top of the lighthouse. Unni then drove us up to Evja to visit with more of the family.
25: Finally we made it to Evja! While we were there we stayed with Mom's cousin Normann and Agnes Skaia. Normann gave us a tour of the area on Saturday morning, and we visited his son Knute Helge where we met his daughter Marita, and son Hava. Knute Helge's wife, Godvig was working that day.
27: In Evja, Normann picked Lingonberries, and Mary made apple pie from the trees around their house. Normann and Agnes' other son, Gunnar visited with his youngest son, Magnus. Later that evening, we visited their daughter Miriam's house. There we met her husband Ernst, daughters Malin and Lene, and sons Kjeitl and Christofer. Gunnar and Knute Helge's families also came by to share dessert with us.
28: Sunday, September 19th Sverre Lien took us to visit the Mineral Park. Lene came along with us, too. Quartz and Feldspar were once quarried from the region. The park is a museum of exotic metals, crystals, and minerals from around the world.
29: The river winds through Evja and other surrounding towns. In the summer, they swim and fish along the river.
30: While at Mina and Sverre's, we took a walk through the old trails that led to the river We also met Mina and Sverre's oldest daughter, Torunn, with her husband Helge. They have two sons, Ole Christoffer and Erland. Erland, the youngest, was eager to try out his newly learned English with us. That evening, Sverre entertained us with his accordion playing.
32: The Dinner was wonderful and we enjoyed spending time at Mina and Sverre's home.
33: Monday was a little rainy, but Normann dropped us off in town for some shopping. We ate at the local cafeteria and walked back to their house that afternoon.
34: On the last evening of our stay in Norway, we had dinner at Janna and Olav Olsen's house. They live next door to Normann and Agnes, and only a few more houses down to Mina and Sverre's | Olav and their son, Ovind had returned from a trip to England that evening. We met Ovind's wife Elsa and another son, Magne.
35: Tuesday, September 20th Mina drove us to Kristiansand to fly back home. One more long day of travel to complete a very memorable trip.