Norway, part 1 – the sky

Now back in Australia, in warm autumn days, the cold and snow of winter in Norway seem a long way away, but the memories of the intense beauty of the cold, the snow and spectacular landscape of the fjords are very strong. I am planning to do a couple of posts with photos from the trip, but this one is just of the skies – dramatic cloud formations and the colours of sunrise and sunset in the short days of late winter.

After a few days in London with my daughter, son-in-law and gorgeous 6 month old granddaughter we embarked on a cruise ship, the Viking Star, at Tilbury and headed north. The ship docked at Stavanger, Tromso, Boda and Alta right up inside the Arctic Circle going up, and at Narvik and Bergen returning. We left the ship at Bergen then took trains to eventually return to London, more of that in later posts.

We had not expected to be taking cruises at this stage of life, but the opportunity to see the fjords in winter and the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights was too good to resist, especially when friends were already taking the cruise. The cruise was wonderful, complete luxury, magnificent food, but we also enjoyed returning to travel under our own steam once we left the cruise. More of that later.

These are just a few of the photos which capture some of the skies we saw, mostly from the ship. I took them with my iPhone, so they are not very high end, but I am happy with them!

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I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

21 thoughts

  1. This is New Zealand upside-down. Or maybe New Zealand is Norway upside-down? In any case that last photo made me gasp – it is so much like Wellington. (OK, slightly colder.) And that bit of headland (with the rainbow) looks like a familiar land form as well. Isn’t it lovely that you and I have both been soaking up cool skies lately. Very beautiful!

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    1. Isn’t it amazing, two countries on the opposite sides of the world have such affinity? I wonder if Scandinavians came to New Zealand and felt they had come home. That last photo is Bergen, a lovely small city, with very steep hills behind, very like Wellington. I certainly recognised Norway in some of your recent New Zealand photos, in the landscape and the skies.


  2. Anna, I love seeing your trip through your eyes. The sky images are breathtaking. They possess the palette of a cold place, which is very familiar to me right now. I love the image of the ocean, land off in the distance and a big sky. All of the images are stunning. I look forward to seeing more in the future!

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  3. I love the idea of a ‘palette of a cold place’ and you are so right Cathe! These are colours we really don’t see quite like this in Australia. I hope you are coping with the extreme weather you have had this winter, it sounds quite extraordinary.


    1. We were very ambivalent about going on a cruise, but decided this was the only way to see what we wanted to – it was very good, a luxurious ship and excellent food, no casino, no dressing for dinner, which were all things we were happy with! We did feel more freedom once were travelling under our own steam though. I think a cruise for specific purposes is good, one for the sake of it would not be for me!

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