Bergen between Hanseatic heritage and modern art

After the relative solitary and tranquility of Norway’s country side, I felt slightly overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Bergen. The express boat disembarked us next to Bergen’s famous open air fish market around midday, and I was immediately engulfed by traffic. Norway’s second largest city with more than …

On my last legs – to Bergen

My last two cycle legs had been marked by two traits: their brevity and soddenness! I had left my lovely apartment in Ålesund around afternoon to catch the ferry to Hareid. However, I somehow had missed the ferry-does-not-operate-on-Sundays-notice on it’s schedule. Furthermore, I totally forgot to check the weather forecast. …

Ålesund – lodging with Kaiser Wilhelm

I arrived with the Hurtigruten ferry in Ålesund in the middle of the night. Mostly known for its unique Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund is an elegant and enchanting town, which not unlike Kristiansund, spreads out over several islands. Ålesund ows it’s unusual consistent architecture a devastating fire in 1904, in …

Kristiansund – Capital of Bacalao

Kristiansund, named after the Danish-Norwegian king Christian VI, is beautifully spread out over four main islands: Nordlandet (nicknamed Marokko), Kirkelandet and Gomalandet and Innlandet (humorously called Tahiti). It’s good natural harbour and rich fishing grounds attracted settlers and Krististiansund developed into an important trading and fishing point. With the introduction …

Trondheim – Old and new

After a more or less comfortable night on Hurtigruten’s lounge sofa, I disembarked at Trondheim shortly after six in the morning. This early on a Saturday morning hardly anyone was about and I negotiated my way through a still sleeping city. On my way to the youth hostel I already …

Kystriksveien – Across the Arctic Circle

Back on the mainland, after a wonderful but occasionally tough time on the Lofoten, I set out from Bodø to follow Kystriksveien, the scenic coastal road No. 17 winding along the stunning coast line of Helgeland. Blue sky, bright sunshine, and moderate temperatures were perfect conditions for cycling, and I …