Norway

Holland America

The Prinsendam Holland America Line

We added a last minute destination to our Round the World list when a great deal on a Holland America cruise popped up.  We had both wanted to visit Norway, but the high cost of the country had deterred us from adding it to our original list.  When the cruise came in at just under $100 per person per day we decided to go for it.  We were excited about the unusual itinerary that the small ship would sail.  In a country where a hamburger costs $30 USD we decided a cruise was the best way to see the beautiful country of Norway. Continue Reading

Cruising Norway, Alesund

Alesund Norway

Our last week cruising Norway took us back south stopping at 5 new ports.  We enjoyed exploring each one by foot.  It was nice to have the opportunity to get off the ship after having a couple of sea days when we left the polar ice cap.  Here we take you through the last 5 ports in the picturesque country of Norway.

Alesund-This beautiful town is known for its concentration of Continue Reading

Entering Magdalenafjord

Entering Magdalenafjord

Besides cruising up the coast of Norway, one of the most picturesque countries in the world, we also were drawn to the idea of seeing the Arctic Circle and the Polar Ice Cap.  After leaving Honningsvag on Norway’s mainland, we cruised for a day at sea before reaching Longyearbyen, a small town on Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Longyearbyen is the world’s Continue Reading

Cape Horn Outside Of Honningsvag, Norway

Cape Horn Outside Of Honningsvag, Norway

As we said in our First Impression of Norway, we happened upon a cruise that would allow us to see parts of the beautiful country that we had dreamed of visiting but thought we couldn’t afford.  Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so for us to see the various towns and coastline as well as the polar ice cap for around $100/day per person, we thought we should jump on it because who knows if we’d ever get the chance to return to the area.  Our 20 day cruise left out of Amsterdam with Holland America Line and headed north towards the polar ice cap.   Continue Reading

Beautiful Norway

Beautiful Norway

Jason’s First Impression

We usually do a first impression of a destination from our first twenty-four hours there, but we were only in the first town for a few hours, so it’s a little hard.  We’re seeing Norway in a different way than either one of us thought, on a cruise ship.  Although not the way we would have hoped to see the country, it was for us, one of the only ways we thought we could afford it.  We had heard stories of how expensive things were in Norway, but until you see it with your own eyes it’s hard to believe.  I haven’t heard how much the minimum wage here is, but when a burger is somewhere in the neighborhood of $30, you can bet it’s pretty high. Continue Reading