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Norway & back part 1, gettting there

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  1. newdave

    newdave Guest

    Part Of A Three Post Series.

    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27154.0
    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27160.0
    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27172.0

    A bit of an epic so I will split it, but myself & Marion just got back after almost 3 weeks in Norway, we traveled with 3 kayaks on the car & used an unusual route which might be usful to others contemplating a similer trip. I was impressed with mr Lees epic journey but dont love driving that much.
    Our first destination was the smolaferiesenter, on the island of Smola close to Kritiansund.
    I f you just want to look at the pictures I have put a selection on Flickr of the whole trip
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16125012@N05/sets/72157630357524872/

    Day one 8/6/2012

    Car fully laden with 3 Kayaks & a multitude of fishing & camping equipment we headed down to Immingham where we had booked passage on a roro ferry to Gothenburg in Sweden, As we were not boarding until 2AM we met up with Ken & Fi for a lovely meal at Kens favourite Moroccan restaurant. Then onwards to the scenic port of Immingham, being a commercial vessel that slots a few passengers on if they have space it’s a bit confusing but eventually we got onboard & were allocated our very nice cabin with ensuite facilities & a sea view.
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    The ships sailed on schedule at 05:00 with us sleeping soundly, the weather was pretty poor with a SW gale & decent swell which meant Marion would be spending most of the planned 26 hour crossing horizontal.
    Whilst the vessel had none of the trimmings you get with a passenger ferry, the crew were friendly & food pretty good although a boiled egg for brekkie was a bit minimalist. The other passengers were an interesting bunch, especially abdul the lapsed Moslem & ex boxer who needed 2 bottles of vodka to get to sleep & Dave & Alban from Peebles, who are on there way to one of the fishing camps near Tromso with a van packed to the roof with gear, we exchanged contact details to compare notes later, they are also contemplating a trip to Whitby for some wreck fishing.
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    Day 2 9/6/2012

    By the time we woke the sea was much flatter & wind decreased but yesterdays weather had put our arrival time back to 14:00 instead of 11:00, Marion surprised the cook but making an appearance for Lunch. Eventually we docked & were swiftly disembarked & found our way out of the dock.
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    The trip north was pretty smooth as the E6 runs all the way from Gothenburg to Trondhiem & most of it is dual carriageway until Lillehammer, which is how far we got by 21:00 when we stopped at a campsite for the night after a gourmet meal of burger & chips at the petrol station,
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    biggest disappointment was arriving at the boarder to Norway with just our duty free allowance to find the green lane was the main road & we went through at 90kmph, I new I should have taken a case of Johnny Walker.

    Day 3 10/6/2012

    After a good sleep we had a quick pack, cuppa & were on the road for 08:00, the road was quiet of traffic, but mostly its an A road with a 80km speed limit which is reduced every time you pass through a village so progress is not as fast as we imagined, also the amazing scenery means you are constantly stopping to take photos, although we failed to spot the Musk ox munching at the heather until we were past.
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    The last part of the journey around Kristiansund involves a new tunnel that cost £20 to go through & 2 ferries, however we arrived on Smola at 17:00 were Odd collected us & showed us around our new home, very comfortable.
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    I have a lot of pictures & information about the centre & the area which I will put together as a package for anyone interested in going.
     
  2. tatch1

    tatch1 Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Some great photos there beautiful scenery i will hopefully get there one day
     
  3. rupert

    rupert Blenny

    Some great photos there and looking forward to part 2. The comment on the other rich and varied passangers made me laugh though!
     
  4. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    looks great Dave, looking forward to part 2
     
  5. fishysteve

    fishysteve North West Donkers

    great pics cant wait for the fish :)
     
  6. Shadrap

    Shadrap Rockling

    Superb pictures Dave,just had a scroll through them all on flickr .

    You have certainly captured some of the best of Norway.
     
  7. Howard

    Howard Blenny

    Looking forward to the next episode D. Did anyone else wonder what Dolly (Trot-on Paul) was doing on that big ship?
     
  8. Ramsrod

    Ramsrod Rockling

    I like how you don,t do things the traditional way dave, could never imagine you and Marion on a package tour!
     
  9. mr lee

    mr lee Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Fantastic so far mate! I know we only went in April but it feels like a long time ago reading this and seeing your pics. The moose are bloody hard to spot aren't they! We missed a young one right on the roadside as they blend in really well. Understandable how easy it is to get in an accident with them...

    Right..Part two. :happy:
     
  10. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Part Of A Three Post Series.

    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27154.0
    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27160.0
    http://www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27172.0
     

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