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Aug 24, 2016 - the islands of Ålesund

In the winter of 1904 a fire in the central city of Ålesund destroyed the homes of 10,000 residents. If the fire didn't get you, the cold would. The Germans heard about this calamity and sent four ships to help house some of the survivors. After that buildings were made out of stone in the Art Nouveau style that was popular around the time. The central city still sports numerous signs of this decor. Today this city of 36,000 has spread out much past the city center to some surrounding islands. We took a tour today called The Outer Islands....

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Jun 24, 2016 - The Return to Verne's Roots....Norway

We have arrived in Norway. The sail into port was scenic. We are on Alesund which means "eel strait or sound". We have a beautiful sunny day and away from the port it is one layer warm! Alesund is a fishing port of about 45,000 people. A Viking town from the year 670. In 1904 the town was destroyed by a fire. In the middle of the night people had to evacuate; 10,000 were left homeless, only one person died. Most of the buildings seen today were built between 1904 and 1907. 50 architectures and builders redid the city in Art Nouveau...

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May 19, 2016 - Alesund and Geiranger Norway

May 19 Alesund, Norway This town is bigger than I thought it would be. We walk 418 steps up Mount Aksla for a beautiful view of the city and the Fjords around it. This city was burned to the ground but rebuilt by Kaiser Wilhelm and German engineers so the architecture is all the same. 2 beer (one large, one small) and a side of fries 241 Norway Kroner. $38 CDN as close as I can figure. A glorious sunny day. May 20 Geiranger, Norway Tiny town in the middle of Geirangerfjords which is a Unesco world heritage site because of the fjords and...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Alesund and the Hjorundfjord

A bit delayed after our late start last night. No surprise that daylight did not materialise until well after 9 a.m. Overnight we have travelled, very smoothly, past Floro and Maloy with short stops as this is fundamentally a Postal Boat! Malloy is one of Norway's largest fishing ports. The warm water of the Gulf Stream flows along the western coast of Norway so keeping the ports ice-free all year round. Great for the fish and so enabling Norwegians to settle along the coastline. Mind you, some of the settlements are tiny and extremely...

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The Hurtigruten

May 30, 2015 - First Full Day on Board

Saturday, May 30 We woke about 8:30, as the ship was entering a stretch of open water. Got breakfast, then realized that we would be in port from 12 to 3, so if we wanted lunch, we would have to eat at 11:30. Two meals in quick succession. Our stop was in Ålesund, which had a big fire in 1904, and a large section was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style of the time. Pastel colors and many decorative details. We walked on our own, along part of the waterfront. A couple of student artists shanghaied us into visiting an art exhibit in an...

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Scandinavia 2015

Aug 14, 2013 - Day 6, Wednesday

Day 6 - Wednesday Aug 14 We are spending two nights in Ålesund, part of our group leaves early for a cruise on the Geiranger Fjord. Those of us not cruising go with Phil and tour a fish plant. We had to dress from head to toe in head netting, white coats and slippers over our shoes. First we see 7-8 lb. trout that had just been brought in from a fish farm located in one of the local fjords. They are being processed for sushi, our guide told us that the Japanese prefer trout, these were a cross of rainbow and steelhead. This plant ships all...

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G & G Trip Jourals

May 30, 2013 - day 2 Alesund

the top floor of this old lighthouse(one room+ ensuite) is available for the first night of a locals honeymoon And then a drive back to the beginning of the fiord to Alesund. This part of town was razed by fire. Many of the locals wanted 'modern houses' The architects prevailed and the Art Nouveau style stayed. SO the centre of town is interesting. Unfortunately I missed the close ups of the decorations on the houses. Thought we were calling in there on the way back, and I could get photos then! Missed opportunity We have seen...

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May 30, 2013 - Day 2 Geiranger Fiord

Why is it the female is the one punished. Story is a young unmarried mother was locked in this isolated lighthouse in the Fiord, as a lesson to others. Geirnager fiord. 120 miles into the fiord to our stop, the village Geiranger. Loads of waterfalls. This is not the longest nor the deepest of Norway’s firods. The scenery on the way was spekky. I wonder if the locals get immune to the amazing views around them? In addition to the views being amazing, the little houses perched in seemingly inaccessible places were also inexplicable. How...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Alesund, Norway

Again it was cloudy and gray as we sailed in. We got off the ship before 9 and not much was open. We met Dave and Barb right before we got off. Alesund, population around 35,000, is pretty because it was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904. The rebuilding effort married the Art Nouveau style with Nordic traditional styles and was led by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany who vacationed in Alesund. We thought we would take a city bus to the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe, but realized we left money, credit...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Norway

I’ve always heard… “A picture is worth a thousand words”! I’m guessing whoever said this must have been in Norway at the time!! This place is incredible… I’d say Alaska on steroids!! Our first stop was Alesund , voted the prettiest city in Norway… it was beautiful from the sail-in to the view of the entire city from Mt. Aksla. The weather was equally excellent as our weather streak continued (50 to 60 degree temperatures) with light showers thrown in for good measure. We headed north to Hellsylt (Norway) for a short stop to let off a tour...

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Jun 20, 2010 - Alesund: The Atlantic Highway

We decided to do this route after talking to some Norwegians on a ferry. The Atlantic Highway has to be one of the most unusual roads I have ever driven. It's a succession of little rocky islands linked by a succession of causeways and bridges. It's used by various car manufacturers to film their wares and today was no exception. AMG were there with a Mercedes touring car, film crews, helicopters etc. Very tasty!

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Jun 30, 2009 - Departure City - Tromso

We were eating breakfast when we docked this morning at Tromso, the largest town and capital of North Norway. We have seen many innovations in our journey which could be adopted in Edmonton, from Heated Sidewalks in Helsinki to count down indicators for traffic on almost all the traffic lights in St. Petersburg, but Tromso way of dealing with winter is definitely unique. Many of its commuter routes are underground tunnels. I know we have this in Edmonton for pedestrian traffic, but here it is for cars too! The city is renowned for being the...

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