1 Our first day in Norway was spent touring the city. Oslo Opera House
2 Note the lady with the golden blond hair in the background
3 Tulips blooming in Oslo, May 30, 2017
4 Frogner park. There are about 50 statues cxreated by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943.
5 Gustav Vigeland's sculptures generally depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands, and so on.
6 Young lady doing her hair.
7 Holding a baby.
9 Entrance to the park.
12 This man, Gustav Vigeland sculptured the statues in the park.
14 We spent our first day in Oslo, Norway. We are now flying to Svalbard Island.
15 City of Longyearbin. Svalbard Airport.
16 The seed vault is a large cave in which the world is invited to deposit seeds in case the global warming problem destroys the plants now used for food.
17 Svalbard. Global Seed Vault
18 Longyearbin Airport
19 City of Longyearbin. Note the bright colors of the buildings. In the wintertime it is dark for almost 6 months, so the coloring is done to fight the gloom.
20Longyearbyen, Svalbard Latest in transportation. Snowmobiles
21Soaking up the Sun This young lady is trying to capture some rare sun rays.
22 Beware of Polar Bears all over the island.
23Polar Bear in disguise The crowd is terriried as a Polar Bear enters the city. Fortunately he is friendly. He is just looking for chocolates and coffee.
24 More colorful buildings.
27 Going out to our ship - The National Geographic Orion.
28 The cruise begins.
30 The scenery is spectacular!
32 At this time of the year (late May, early June) is is always daylight. The sun does not set north of the Arctic circle.
34Arctic Fox Arctic Fox.
35 Having champaign to celebrate seeing a fox.
36Guarding For Bears When we were ashore we always had armed guards. Polar bears are not friendly and are hungry.
37 Every time we came ashore we would stack our life vests.
38Logs These generally float toward Swalbard from Siberian logging camps.
39 Logs from Siberian logging operations washing up on the beach.
40Grounded Sailboat This sailboat ran aground. The Orion cannot get close enough, so a rope is attached from the sailboat and we pull it off.
42 Many walrus sleeping after a long day of doing nothing.
43 Taking in the scenery.
48 National Geographic photographer (on the right).
51 Most of this broken ice is 4-5 inches thick.
52 Our ship is not an icebreaker but is rated as able to handle this ice.
56 Looking for food.
59 Our ship is not an icebreaker but has a reinforced bow and is quite capable of cutting through this 5" ice.
62 Armed guard.
63 Glenda relaxing after a hard day exploring.
64 Watching out for ice.
65 Foggy day.
66 Ship's bridge.
67 Arctic reindeer.
73 Seal playing in the arctic water.
74 Little did we know, it was being stalked by a polar bear. Some saw the bear at a great distance. Glenda was at a different location in the ship and she saw it. I did not.
75 Polar bear caught and killed the seal.
76 Bear is now jumping up and down as if doing some sort of victory dance.
77 Now the bear is bouncing up and down on the seal.
78 According to the naturalists, he is tenderizing it.
79 The feast begins.
80 The bear does not eat the meat. He only eats the fat.
81 Another seal watches from a distance.
82 The bear sometimes would stop eating and look at us.
83 Hmmmm. I think I need some red wine.
84 A few more bites.
85 After a couple hours of eating, the bear stops to rest.
86 Arctic Tern.
87 Many Arctic Terns.
88 Flying Tern.
89 So, after four days of cruising around Svalbard and Spitzbergen Island, we cruise toward the Norwegian coast.
92 Our first stop is Tromso. The white building is a Lutheren Church.
94 A get-together.
95Tromso Tulips blooming. June 6.
96 Who is that handsome guy?
97 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson. Some of his desendents are now settled in the United States.
98 Intreped explorers
99 Interior of the Lutheren Church.
100 Lutheren Church.
102 Our ship, the National Geographic Orion.
103 Cod drying.
104 Houses along the Tysfjorden Fjord.
105 Along the Tysfjorden Fjord.
106 Barn along the fjord.
113 Birch trees.
122 Cruising in the fjord.
125 More houses.
129 Almost too crowded!
134 The fjords get rather narrow at times.
135 White Tail Eagle
136 White Tail Eagle
137 Next stop, Loften Island.
138 Cod Drying.
139 .... and more Cod.
140 Major requirement for being a Norwegian: you've got to like Cod.
141 This used to be an automoble tunnel. It is no longer needed for cars, to the population now uses it as an art museum.
142 Taken from a former automobile tunnel. Now a museum.
143 Fishing boats.
144 Local resident.
145 More drying cod.
146 Today, we cross the arctic circle (From north to south).
149 One of the naturalists on the ship.
153 Our dinner menu.
154 A warm day in the arctic -- so we ate outdoors.
155 Deserts were always in good supply.
156 Dinner on deck.
158 Ships photographer taking some videos of our ship.
159 Waterfall for those who want to experience arctic water.
161 As I said before, "Brrrrrrrr".
162 Fish Farm
163 Pilot Whale
164 Pilot Whale
165 Pilot Whale.
167 Pilot whale expelling water as he comes to the surface.
168 Nordfjord. Arctic Circle Monument
169 City of Traena. Church.
170 Interior of this 19th century church.
173 Little yellow boat.
174 Norwegian Lundehund (Puffin Hound).
175 They are used to catch puffins.
182 Notice the distinctive blue cast on the snow. You can tell this is a glacier because at one time this snow was burried under tons of snow and ice. Under those contitions the molecular structure changes a little and causes the snow to have this blue cast..
183 As we head south toward Bergen, we have our first sunset.