Nordkapp!

Hello from on top of the world! Today I was at Honningsvaag, located in the Norwegian state of Nordkapp, is the northernmost city in the world. While the landscape is lacking trees, it is still a beautiful place with the grass covered hills falling into the crystal waters.

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

On this visit I was able to visit a farm with reindeer! They are remarkably docile creatures. I learned that reindeer can see ultraviolet light, which helps them survive these harsh conditions. Today they were mostly feeding on the grass under the amazing blue sky and warming sun.

Honningsvaag - Designerella

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

The North Cape is called the northernmost point in Europe. The latitude here, as shown by the sign, is 71º 10′ 21″ North. This means we are just 1300 miles from the North Pole. Also at the bottom of this cliff marks the southern extent of the Arctic Ocean.

North Cape - Designerella

North Cape - Designerella

North Cape - Designerella

North Cape - Designerella

Also the North Cape there is a remarkable monument overlooking the cliff. This monument is called the Children of the Earth monument and was based off creations by seven children in 1988. They made clay artworks that were later made into the large bronze casts. Each of the seven children were from a different continent–although I wonder who they found for Antarctica :) It is an inspiring monument that aims to promote togetherness.

North Cape - Designerella

North Cape- Designerella

North Cape - Designerella

Honningsvaag, Norway - Designerella

Trondheim, Norway

The city of Trondheim, Norway is quite remarkable.  This time I ventured out into the city to see the Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace.  The cathedral is an important building in Norway as this is where the Kings are crowned including King Harald, the current King of Norway. I am all about the architecture of these old cathedrals. The details that decorate the building are exquisite. It is amazing to think that this building that was finished in 1300 is still standing so beautifully today.

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway - Designerella

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway - Designerella

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway - Designerella

The city of Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city and it sits upon the steep hills rising from the water. Here again water the water plays a critical role in the feeling of this Norwegian city. The tall Tyholt Tower serves as a communications tower and also has a revolving restaurant at the top.

Trondheim, Norway - Designerella

Trondheim, Norway - Designerella

The Fisheries Capital of Norway

Ålesund is beautifully situated on several islands located at the entrance to some of the world’s most famous fjords and nature attractions.  The town is internationally renowned for its Art Noveau architecture. This is because after a 1904 fire which destroyed most of the town was rebuilt in this style which was becoming popular at that time.

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

The town represents the main shopping and adventure center in the region. Ålesund is the fisheries capital of Norway; the region also has strong traditions within ship technology and furniture industries. As you can imagine the water has always been an integral part of the city here providing food, work and transportation.

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Ålesund, Norway - Designerella

Walking in Flamm Norway

The Flåmsdalen valley is a typical West Norwegian fjord valley that cuts its way into ancient mountains.  Through many glacial stages and millions of years, melted ice, stone and gravel from glaciers have carved away the landscape to create both the Flåmsdalen valley and the Aurlandsfjord into today’s beautiful landscape.

There are no words to describe this peaceful hike up the mountains in Flåm, Norway to see such a beautiful landscape.

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

The sharp cliffs in the area make it home to numerous waterfalls. On a short hike from Flåm I managed to capture this cascade cutting through the trees down to the sea below.

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

Flåm, Norway - Designerella

Stavanger, Norway!

Stavanger, Norway has its own character and beautiful charm.  From the Old Town to the trolls, I fell in love with the city the moment I stepped off the ship.  Here are a some of my favorite pictures when visiting Stavanger, Norway.

Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

The people of Stavanger use flowers to add color to the homes. These colors really “pop” when against the traditional white residences.

"Old Town" Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

The charm of Stavanger is epitomized in a scene I came across while walking through Old Town. I found a place where one can have breakfast “walk-thru” style from a woman busy cooking waffles in her kitchen. A big, friendly dog is seen napping in front of a colorful red door. The scene was perfect and thankfully I had my camera to capture it.

"Old Town" Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

"Old Town" Stavager, Norway - Designerella

"Old Town" Stavanger, Norway - Designerella

Norway and the rest of the Scandinavian countries are known for believing in trolls. In Norway finding a longtailed troll is supposed to bring good luck. With this information in hand I went out in search of one. One must have crossed my path because with my luck I will be returning on 19th!!!

Cruisin’ to the North Pole!

The North Sea is beautiful and peaceful place on my trip en route to Stavanger, Norway.  I am headed to see what the north is really like.  The next couple weeks I will be visiting many different cities in the country of Norway.  These cities will include Stavanger, Flamm, Alesund, Troncheim, Honningsvaag, Tromso, and Aisnes, Olden, and Bergen.

Sunset on the North Sea - Designerella

As I cruise northeast through the English Chanel and through the Straights of Dover, I have learned that the North Sea is home to many oil rigs. The North Sea also contains a number of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. One must make some adjustment because of the amount of daylight as there is around the clock daylight in the Summer and around the clock darkness in the Winter. It is a totally different experience as when heading towards the North Pole! Stay tune as I will be posting captures from each city.