|Elizabeth being interviewed|
In the spirit of enjoying the journey we thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of such a long train trip. First leg from Stockholm took us to Lillehammer in Norway (around 7 hours), nice daytime journey. Second leg started at 11:30pm and was a 7.5 hour journey to Trondheim. We booked a crouchette (little sleeping quarters) and slept on the train, really cool as you can see in the photo. The last part of about 10 hours was straight up the west side of Norway with spectacular views and a superbly comfortable train that did not disappoint and with about an hour to go we crossed into the Arctic Circle withlittle markers denoting the achievement by the tracks. To add to the adventure there was a Norwegian film crew on board from their version of the ABC doing a doco on the journey. We were interviewed for the program and might be on Norwegian television screens this December.
Day 3 we took the ferry on its round trip to have a look at the islands. A very Greek island feel and look, just much, much colder. At one point the boat stopped and the crew came out taking photos, we looked around and saw a fin out of the water. Apparently it was a whale but it didn't come up to say hello, will have to add whale watching trip to the bucket list.
On the last day we just had a wander around the town itself finding such gems as the town's oldest church, complete with wedding (so we did not go inside) and a huge hiking trail along the ocean finishing at an outdoor museum, basically a lot of really old buildings near the water's edge. Unfortunately Elizabeth did not get a chance to see the place at night (something she generally insists upon) because it doesn't get dark at this time of year. We did go out at midnight as it was generally the darkest time and took a picture of what must have been a sunrise, considering it was east according to my compass. This place comes across as fairly untouched, clean air, and cold, just what the doctor ordered.
|Midnight sunrise right outside our hotel|