In a couple of days our cruise would end. We were heading south and there was more sun but it was still cold outside. That did not deter these brave sun worshippers.
One of the most interesting features we passed was Torghatten, a gigantic rock with a hole right in the middle, apparently about 150m in diameter.
The crew were very obliging and put the boat into a 360 degree turn so that everyone could see it.
Saturday 2nd June
We left the Nordnorge in Trondheim to continue our journey by train to Oslo.
But first we had to get Robyn to hospital. All through the cruise the crew were very particular about hand cleanliness and there were washing stations all over the boat. We had to wash our hands coming back on board from excursions and before every meal. This was all very well but there were so many passengers who neglected to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing that, in the last 5 or 6 days of the cruise I could see flu-like symptoms spreading through the boat. Inevitably Robyn caught it, and I got a lesser dose. We have to be careful when Robyn gets a cold, even though it is rare for her, because it gets into her lungs and becomes pneumonia before we know it.
So off to the emergency section of Trondheim hospital where we got some antibiotics. Right outside the emergency dept's entrance is a bear with a sore head. Appropriate.
Sunday 3rd June & Monday 4th June
We travelled by train from Trondheim to Oslo, overnighting in Roros. It was a cold, drizzly, misty journey, so even though we passed through some beautiful countryside, it was pointless trying to take photos.
We stayed overnight at the Bergstadens Hotel in Roros.
We had a couple of days relaxation in Oslo before the next, and most important, stage of our trip to Norway. We will be spending a week in Svelvik meeting my Norwegian relatives for the first time, and exploring my father's hometown.
It was always going to be interesting, enjoyable, emotional but turned out to be far more than I expected.