Norway – Oslo-Bergen, Bergen & Stavanger
8 October 2019 | Places
Our Norway fjord trip – Part 1 and Part 2 – was preceded by a train ride from Oslo to Bergen and a short stay in Bergen and concluded with a visit to Stavanger, the oil capital of oil-wealthy Norway.
▲ The Bergensbanen is regularly cited as one of the world’s great...
Norway – the Fjords – part 2
2 October 2019 | Places
With a group of friends we travelled Norwegian fjords around Bergen and Stavenger – I posted Part 1 a couple of days ago.
▲ Now I’m on to Part 2 including the old hydro power station at Flørli on Lysefjord. The building houses one remaining power turbine and statio...
Norway – the Fjords – part 1
30 September 2019 | Places
It was my second trip to Norway this year. Visit 1 took me up to Svalbard, way north of the Arctic Circle, and to Svalbard’s intriguingly named capital city Longyearbyen. It also led to a cover story on the Australian Financial Review’s quarterly Sophisticated Travell...
Longyearbyen – Norway’s Arctic Capital
3 August 2019 | Places
▲ The 'capital' city of Norway's far northern island group of Svalbard takes its colourful name from John Munro Longyear, the American pioneer of Svalbard coal mining in 1906.
▲ Visitors come to Svalbard in search of polar bears and the first one confronts you befo...
Svalbard – way north of the Arctic Circle
9 July 2019 | Places
Maureen and I spent a week on the National Geographic Explorer on a Lindblad National Geographic trip around the Svalbard islands. Look directly down on the north pole on a globe and it’s easy to see Svalbard is in the far north, way far north. At around 76 to 80°N it...