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Trondheim and back to Bergen

Days 29 to 31

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Today we're making the 200km/4 hour trip from Kristiansund (where the weather has not improved overnight) to Trondheim and the end of our road journey :(

The drive was uneventful, with just your standard stunning Norwegian scenery along the way, but I think we must be getting a little blase as we've neglected to take any photos on this leg, however, in our defence, the weather hasn't improved as we've headed further north. Previously Andrew and I have had romantic notions of spending a winter in Scotland, or somewhere else, in the northern hemisphere but I've definitely changed my mind - the windy, snowy, freezing, harsh conditions are just not for me!

We have a couple of nights in Trondheim prior to boarding our ship/ferry (the jury is still out on which it actually is), along with our car, to make the trip back to Bergan. By all accounts, Trondheim has a lot going for it and we've been looking forward to our time here.

Originally founded at the end of the Viking Age, Trondheim was the capital of Norway and also an important trading hub and the religious centre of northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Today Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway and home to both Norway's science and technology university and research institute and, subsequently, a number of technology companies base themselves here. There is a huge amount to do and see in this city but again we are thwarted by the weather. Sometimes, though, you just need to rug up, grab the umbrella and get out there, at least to stretch the legs after the drive and get your bearings...

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Frozen to the bone, despite all the layers, we scamper back to the hotel for a drink and dinner in the bar. We seem to have eaten many of our meals in our accommodation on this trip, which is not something we would generally do but Norway isn't really conducive to wandering around looking for dining venues due to both the weather and the lack of options. Google searches tend to indicate the majority of restaurants are within hotels anyway, maybe because, as we've discovered, people are less inclined to venture out once they are snug and cozy inside.

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The following day dawns a little brighter and we are encouraged enough to download an app offering audio tours of various cities to be done 'at our leisure' and leave the hotel in sunshine, only to be caught in an incredible downpour within 500 metres of the hotel, that had us both shuddering and sheltering undercover for a good 20 minutes.

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The deluge apparently over, for the time being at least, we continue on our little tour in alternating bright sunshine and rain squalls.

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All in all, Trondheim is a very pretty city with a nice vibe and I'm sure it would be quite lovely in summer, although not sure I'd trust the conditions no matter what the season.

We really have no idea what to expect from our journey south on the Hurtigruten ship/ferry. It's around a 30-hour voyage which has us boarding at 9am on Saturday and arriving in Bergen around 3pm on Sunday afternoon. First off, the car needs to make its way aboard...

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That sorted Andrew and I embark to join the other 600 or so passengers who have been onboard for some or all of the 10 days it has taken thus far to go from Bergen to Vadso, well within the Arctic Circle in the north, and back again. The Viking Jupiter it is not, but then it's only one night and basically a means to an end in returning us and our car to Bergen.

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Initially, it's quite relaxing with absolutely nothing to do but read and gaze at the horizon and passing shoreline. I've been knitting on this holiday as well, so spend some time lazily working on that too, although to be honest, unlike our Viking experience, I'm really counting the hours until we arrive back on land, especially once the Captain issues a storm warning and the seas start getting choppier and the sky darker.

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What starts as a 1 to 2-metre swell gradually increases to 5 metres overnight. I chose to deal with this by popping a few motion sickness pills and heading to bed halfway through dinner. It wasn't the best experience and not one I would like to repeat anytime soon but, ultimately, we arrived safely and grateful to be on land.

Posted by andrewmooney 01:51 Archived in Norway

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