Friday, July 19, 2013

The Arctic Circle and beyond plus five thoughts about Norway…

I'm so short, they left me back at Sandnessjoen.  Notice how I'm clutching my Hurtigruten coffee mug.  It was early.

The globe marks the place where one crosses the Arctic Circle.  Those people in the boat seem to be fishing.

1)  Bet you’re pretty sick of my Norway pics by now.  I won’t be posting too many more.  Believe it or not, this has been barely a dent in the number of gigs that are still on my computer.  In any case, these particular pictures are ones I took around the time we were crossing the Arctic Circle.  Before we left, I read a review of this part of the Hurtigruten trip.  The person said that it was a big disappointment because they were expecting more than this goofy monument.  I’m not sure what that person wanted…fireworks or a laser line showing the demarcation, I guess.  But I found that it was enough for me and I considered us to be very lucky to have such beautiful weather.  Greg made sure we were going to cross on the Summer Solstice and we actually crossed just about a half hour past the actual Solstice time.  I liked that!

2)  Here are a few things we learned about trolls on this trip.  Trolls turn into rocks if they don’t make their curfew or, in other words, if they are found out in daylight.  That is why Norway is so rocky.  Trolls have four fingers and four toes and a bushy tale.  They can have one or two heads and sometimes one eye.  They come in all sizes.  They like to live underneath bridges and in waterfalls.  They can be good or bad, but mostly they are good.  Those big white rolls you see in fields that you thought were hay bales are actually troll toilet paper.

3)  We took the boat all the way to the end of the voyage in Kirkenes, Norway, which is way up north.  The day we were in Kirkenes, we were surprised to find that it was ten degrees warmer there at the top of the world than it was in Oslo almost 2,000 miles to the south.  Whether or not this is a common occurrence, I have no idea.

4)  The weather in Kirkenes that day wasn’t the only thing that surprised me about being above the Arctic Circle.  One is that there are a lot more people living up there than I thought there would be.  Another thing was that there are actually mallards up there.  I have to wonder if there is any place on earth with water where mallards aren’t.  I need to look that up.

5)  When I was sitting in the hotel lobby in Bergen one day, I overheard a conversation being held by two distinguished looking, older British women.  I wasn’t eavesdropping really, but I couldn’t help hearing them.  They talked about their gardens and a book both liked.  Then one of them said, “There is the summoning.”  A man was standing across the lobby gesturing impatiently to them to come along.  The other said, “Oh, yes.  He’s always summoning me to places I don’t want to go.”  I had to smile.




TexWisGirl said...

troll toilet paper made me laugh! :)

and mallards sure are prolific!

Debbie said...

now this made me laugh!!

i always love your photographs but i must tell you how much i enjoyed seeing you!!

have an awesome weekend!!

Sandra said...

ha ha i never knew that about trolls... i know they hide under bridges that billy goat gruff passes over...
i love the rocks the globe is on...

Deanna said...

Trolls...interesting stories. I love seeing your pics of Norway...what a beautiful trip you had. A once in a lifetime!!

Mary said...

That troll toilet paper must be pretty scratchy. Nothing like Charmin!

I love mallards, though they're very common. I love the green male mallard head..

And post away! I love all these pics!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, my goodness, I would never tire of seeing Norway photos! that is so cool that you crossed the Arctic Circle!

Loved hearing about the trolls. The bit about the toilet paper made me laugh! :-)

Lynn said...

how could one get tired of gorgeous photos; my grandparents were from Bergen and my Dad made sure I knew all about trolls however he missed the troll toilet paper, cute.

Nicki said...

ok, I wasn't going to mention your height-challenged status, but since you mentioned it - hahahaha. ok, sorry, sincerely!

I have not grown tired one bit of your pictures from a trip I may, or may never actually get to take one day (we are planning a kick-ass 25th wedding aniv. trip to Europe, but not sure if Norway is in it - still in infant stage of planning and susceptible to change).

Good info to know about trolls - they do get a bad rap. Maybe it is the one-eye thing that puts people off towards them.

I think the globe is a cool monument. What were those people expecting - Disney Epcot Globe show?

I've given up on understanding the weather as it relates to regions. I packed for a nice cool New England Autumn when I first visited my daughter at college. It.was.hotter.than.heck! Rookie mistake.

Did I mention that your 2nd shot is breath-taking? (header worthy don't you think?)

Have a great weekend Barb.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Barb, you are such a joy! I may have to enter you in the 5 most randomnest facts contest. xo

kat from ky. said...

Love! Funny about the tp,I thought I used too much!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Just spent an enjoyable time catching up on blog reading and feel like I have also taken a trip thru Norway. What an exciting getaway, Barbara. Thanks for all the interesting and informative tidbits, especially about trolls which made me smile. Also, belated happy birthday wishes.