Poppiesandme go to Norway. Part one Bergen

February 27th. 2014 | 4 Comments

Between the phones and the camera we have a million billion images of our trip to Norway and already none of them seem to do any justice to the stunning country that we visited in January, so apologies.

Like all good things in life this holiday took us very much by surprise. We knew we had the month of January off. Foolishly I was thinking that we would get some jobs around the house done. Finally put on door handles and maybe go mad and hang the silk prints in the bedroom. That all got turned on its head when we went to our good friends Laura and Fergal for dinner. Over amazing freshly cooked food and yummy wine, I listened to the pair as they recalled their awesome adventures around the world thus far. It was then the seed was planted. Laura was like “Seriously lads ye have to go some where, ye have the time off, go on a cruise or a tour of some far off land.” I was a buzz the next day googling ideas of where the next poppy adventure would take us. I had this niggle in my heart though. I always remember a lady telling me that she went on a cruise of the fjords in the winter, she said that she left her heart in Norway and would never be quiet the same again. Norway it was. I took myself into Limerick Travel. Again, I have no idea why, we always book everything ourselves. Yet there I was telling Tara, that yes I would like to go to Norway and now come to think of it I wanted to see the Northern Lights while I was there. Tara came back with a four day trip. It didn’t really grab me, I said I would think about it and call her back. I didn’t have to, the very next day Tara was on the phone to me explaining after I left she scoured the net and contacts for any other Northern Lights leads and she had come up with the goods. Hurtigurten Crusies. Tara explained that the cruise ships were working ships. I immediately thought “Oh God I’m going to spend my holibobs hauling deliveries around Norway.” This is not the case. Deep below deck of the cruise ships there is a hive of activity while above there are restaurants, bars and relaxation. Owing to the fact that the ships are like a life line along the coast, they make many many stops in incredibly breathtaking towns and ports.  We were sold. That was it, holibobs to Norway booked …. with a few days in Copenhagen on the way back… What? It was practically on the way home.

Our itinerary was like this: Day 1 Embarkation in Bergen, Day 2 Ålesund, Day 3, The Royal City of Trondheim, Day 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands, Day 5 Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, Day 6 Honningsvåg and the North Cape, Day 7 Kirkenes 

So I will try blog our holibobs in the same manner. Bergen, it is a city like our own Limerick. Apparently it rains ALL the time!!! It didn’t while we were there for 24hrs though!. In fact when we got off the bus and walked the cobbled streets to our hotel, the sun was shining, setting, but shining. Our hotel the Grand Hotel Terminus was out of this world. Proper old school glamour, think any hotel from an Agatha Christies Poirot. The receptionist was uber lovely and explained all the essentials. Up to our room we went. It was like walking through a time warp. Old to super modern spacious and white. We had a beer and went to for a nap in the most comfortable of beds. It was much needed after 24hrs of traveling. It would have been easy not to leave the room and sleep till we went to the boat. But Its Bergen right! We walked the legs off ourselves Ooohing and Aaaghing at every building, beautiful doll like houses to incredible Art deco buildings. We visited what looked like toy town, Bryggen on Hanseatic wharf, which features on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It comprises the remains of the old harbour buildings and is one of the best known medieval city settlements in Norway. Its just Too wonderful for words. On the other side of the wharf, the town was buzzing, people sitting outside of bars and cafes snuggled up in blankets enjoying a few beers and having chats. There was a contestant smell of fresh cooking in the air. I won’t lie we stopped more than once to sample the local beers and a hot dog or two. The next day after a late breakfast we took the took the cable car to Fløien Mountain  which is 320 metres above sea level, that was a huge deal for me. { scared of heights remember } we were up there for ages. It was like standing on top of the world. After exploring we had time for a hot chocolate and then got our skates on as we had a date with a taxi man to take us to the awaiting Ms NordNorge. Off we sped through streets of Bergen, banter ensued and our taxi man was like “you are doing what?!” Turns out in his younger days he was in the navy and spent a few winters out on the nordic sea. He said although he wished us well, that he wouldn’t wish those seas on his worse enemy! Too late to turn back now.

Once we had checked in, we enjoyed 15 minutes of a health and safety movies.  You know, the general everyday stuff, like how to put on your thermal suit and life jacket should the ship start to sink. I have never paid so much attention to an educational film in my life. Much to Seans amusement, I had to “shh” him twice!

Then that was it, we were allowed on to what was to be our home for the next 7 days. I was like a child at Christmas. ADVENTURE AHOI. That was until we reached the cabin. Two single beds?? Oh No this would not do. Would not do at all. You see, this was our big holiday, this was the first proper holiday, that we had been on since we were married. When we got married we never took a honeymoon, it just wasn’t to be at the time. So we knew going, this was our homeyoon, or #poppymoon as I kept calling it. After a quick trip to the reception to upgrade rooms, we settled in to our new double bedded room. Bliss!  As the Ms NordNorge sailed out of Bergen we were sipping on wine specially made for the cruise line, we toasted to the epic adventure that lay ahead of  us!

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4 comments on Poppiesandme go to Norway. Part one Bergen

  1. Amy | Fly Away Bride

    Looks like an amazing time! Beautiful images… seriously want to hit Norway now!!

  2. Birgitte

    Thanks for the chocolate, and you are very welcome to come back! :-)

  3. Pingback: Poppiesandme go to Norway. Part two Ålesund | Poppies & Me

  4. Leen Louwen

    Bergen is een mooie en schonestad, grote vismarkt, mooie en oude gebouwen. kabelbaan komt ons bekend voor, boven een prachtig uitzicht overbergen

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