Norway

170530 125117  Our first day in Norway was spent touring the city. Oslo Opera House : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 130023  Note the lady with the golden blond hair in the background : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 134025  Tulips blooming in Oslo, May 30, 2017 : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 134757  Frogner park.  There are about 50 statues cxreated by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo
170530 134340  Gustav Vigeland's sculptures generally depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands, and so on. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 134840  Young lady doing her hair. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 134952  Holding a baby. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 135009 : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo
170530 140323  Entrance to the park. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 140526 : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 140727  Yoga. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170530 133959  This man, Gustav Vigeland sculptured the statues in the park. : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo
170530 151541 : Natgeo, Norway, Oslo 170531 081303  We spent our first day in Oslo, Norway.  We are now flying to Svalbard Island. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 101655  City of Longyearbin.  Svalbard Airport. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 105720  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. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard
170531 105741  Svalbard.   Global Seed Vault : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 104933  Longyearbin Airport : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 115355  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. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard Longyearbyen, Svalbard  Latest in transportation.  Snowmobiles : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard
Soaking up the Sun  This young lady is trying to capture some rare sun rays. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 112509  Beware of Polar Bears all over the island. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard Polar 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. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 122504  More colorful buildings. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard
170531 123514 : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 123503 : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 131312  Going out to our ship - The National Geographic Orion. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 202357  The cruise begins. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard
170531 202711 : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 202707-Edit  The scenery is spectacular! : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 202825-Edit : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard 170531 203026  At this time of the year (late May, early June) is is always daylight.  The sun does not set north of the Arctic circle. : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard
170531 203457 : Longyearbyen, Natgeo, Norway, Svalbard Arctic Fox  Arctic Fox. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway, arctic_fox 170601 082922  Having champaign to celebrate seeing a fox. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway Guarding For Bears  When we were ashore we always had armed guards.  Polar bears are not friendly and are hungry. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway
170601 094113  Every time we came ashore we would stack our life vests. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway Logs  These generally float toward Swalbard from Siberian logging camps. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway 170601 173320  Logs from Siberian logging operations washing up on the beach. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway Grounded Sailboat  This sailboat ran aground.  The Orion cannot get close enough, so a rope is attached from the sailboat and we pull it off. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway
170601 171731-Edit  Walrus : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway 170601 172725  Many walrus sleeping after a long day of doing nothing. : Isfjorden, Natgeo, Norway 170602 085121  Taking in the scenery. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 085139 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway
170602 084657-Edit  Breathtaking! : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 085541 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 085204a : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 090802  National Geographic photographer (on the right). : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway
170602 090447 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 090842 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 090850a  Most of this broken ice is 4-5 inches thick. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 091227  Our ship is not an icebreaker but is rated as able to handle this ice. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway
170602 091606 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 092539 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 092749 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 112807  Looking for food. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway
170602 113117 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 113153 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 120507  Our ship is not an icebreaker but has a reinforced bow and is quite capable of cutting through this 5" ice. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 141813 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway
170602 145717 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 152946  Armed guard. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 171603  Glenda relaxing after a hard day exploring. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170603 091110  Watching out for ice. : Natgeo, Norway, Storfjorden
170603 140135  Foggy day. : Natgeo, Norway, Storfjorden 170603 140636  Ship's bridge. : Natgeo, Norway, Storfjorden 170604 163226  Arctic reindeer. : Bellsund, Natgeo, Norway 170605 045534 : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen
170605 050826 : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 051219 : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170602 143351 : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170605 062753 : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen
170604 163204  Seal playing in the arctic water. : Bellsund, Natgeo, Norway 170605 060542  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. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 072021  Polar bear caught and killed the seal. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 072052-Edit-2  Bear is now jumping up and down as if doing some sort of victory dance. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen
170605 072101  Now the bear is bouncing up and down on the seal. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 090837  According to the naturalists, he is tenderizing it. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 091119  The feast begins. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 092254  The bear does not eat the meat.  He only eats the fat. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen
170605 093650  Another seal watches from a distance. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 094538  The bear sometimes would stop eating and look at us. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 094548  Hmmmm.  I think I need some red wine. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 094603  A few more bites. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen
170605 103431  After a couple hours of eating, the bear stops to rest. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 161849  Arctic Tern. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170605 162048  Many Arctic Terns. : Natgeo, Norway, Spitsbergen 170606 130905  Flying Tern. : Barents_Sea, Bear_Island, Natgeo, Norway
170607 072637  So, after four days of cruising around Svalbard and Spitzbergen Island, we cruise toward the Norwegian coast. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 072827 : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 080728 : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 112559  Our first stop is Tromso.  The white building is a Lutheren Church. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso
Tromso  Tromso : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 115215  A get-together. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso Tromso  Tulips blooming.  June 6. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 161645  Who is that handsome guy? : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso
170607 154538  Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson.  Some of his desendents are now settled in the United States. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 170029  Intreped explorers : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 164954  Interior of the Lutheren Church. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso 170607 164521  Lutheren Church. : Fugloya, Natgeo, Norway, Tromso
170608 083614  Tysfjorden. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 085227  Our ship, the National Geographic Orion. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 085727  Cod drying. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 090624  Houses along the Tysfjorden Fjord. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 090809  Along the Tysfjorden Fjord. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 090959  Barn along the fjord. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 091228 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 091313 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 091359 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 091903 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 092838 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 094355 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 094658  Birch trees. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 100754 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 100129-Edit : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 100919 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 102110 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 105209 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 105929 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170608 131237 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 133523 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170609 070855  Cruising in the fjord. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 065847 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170608 134825 : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden
170608 134955  More houses. : Drag, Hellmobotn, Natgeo, Norway, Tysfjorden 170609 065916 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 070020 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 070549 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway
170609 072437  Almost too crowded! : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 071018 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 103943 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 092705 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway
170609 132503 : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 133257  The fjords get rather narrow at times. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 140319  White Tail Eagle : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 140320  White Tail Eagle : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway
170609 171607  Next stop, Loften Island. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 155411  Cod Drying. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 161036  .... and more Cod. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 161227  Major requirement for being a Norwegian: you've got to like Cod. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway
170609 161110  This used to be an automoble tunnel.  It is no longer needed for cars, to the population now uses it as an art museum. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 160514  Taken from a former automobile tunnel.  Now a museum. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 162604  Fishing boats. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170609 164802  Local resident. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway
170609 170522  More drying cod. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170610 090715  Today, we cross the arctic circle (From north to south). : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 090802 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 090952 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170610 102338  One of the naturalists on the ship. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 102433 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 102546 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 103143 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170602 121622  Our dinner menu. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 122529-Edit  A warm day in the arctic -- so we ate outdoors. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170602 124601  Deserts were always in good supply. : Hornsund, Natgeo, Norway 170610 122713  Dinner on deck. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170610 130458 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170609 133921  Ships photographer taking some videos of our ship. : Lofoten Island, Natgeo, Norway 170610 144921  Waterfall for those who want to experience arctic water. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 145000  Brrrrrr : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170610 145016  As I said before, "Brrrrrrrr". : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 150537  Fish Farm : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 151330  Pilot Whale : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 151343b  Pilot Whale : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170610 151358a  Pilot Whale. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 151507a : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 151618  Pilot whale expelling water as he comes to the surface. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 211825  Nordfjord.  Arctic Circle Monument : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena
170610 212636  City of Traena.  Church. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 212928  Interior of this 19th century church. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170610 213920 : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170611 081906 : Natgeo, Norway, Smola
170610 214810  Little yellow boat. : Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Traena 170611 083022  Norwegian Lundehund (Puffin Hound). : Natgeo, Norway, Smola 170611 083135  They are used to catch puffins. : Natgeo, Norway, Smola 170613 085814 : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden
170613 085833 : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden 170613 090804  Glacier. : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden 170613 090932  Glacier : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden 170613 072609 : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden
170613 094538 : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden 170613 091306  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.. : Loen, Natgeo, Nordfjord, Norway, Olden 170612 232447  As we head south toward Bergen, we have our first sunset. : Natgeo, Norway, Vega_Island folderimage
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