We left Gatwick on Sunday afternoon, with an overnight stay at an Oslo airport hotel with a little walk in the morning, before a lunchtime flight to Ålesund Vigra airport, which outdid itself by managing wheels down on the runway to sitting in the bus having collected luggage and cleared immigration in a total of thirteen minutes. We then had a longer wait than that on the bus, before a pleasant little drive to the town of Ålesund.
At the end of the day, we have a narrow passage along Skifjorden
The still waters make for some glorious reflectionsOur anchorage for the night
Next morning, as we get underway, reversing our course up Skifjorden, a seaplane takes offAnd flies past us, twice, clearly enjoying our presenceMore reflections as we leave SkifjordenGetting ready for rainThe fisherman topsail is setApproaching Eivindvik, where one local was so pleased to see our approach that he fired a welcoming cannon.A little evening exploration above the village.
One of the two stone crosses of Eivindvik, from around 950-1030 AD, the end of the period of Christianisation of this area. The crosses are inspired by British crosses of the period, probably from Yorkshire, and are known as “Norwegian Anglian” crosses. This one is about 2.5 metres high. The oldest regional assembly in Norway met here, and the Norwegian kings had British priests and bishops in their entourage.
Departing from Eivindvik under sail, reported to be the first time a schooner had done so in over a hundred years.Close inspection will reveal that Lucy only has the hoodie draped over her – it is to keep off the rain which is dripping from the sail above her head.Grass-roofed buildingsSu and John, our patient hosts for the weekHoisting the “fishaker”Approaching Bergen, and the end of the journey.
Exploring Bergen on Monday morning
Looking down on Trinovante (centre) and the larger boat to its right.Bergen from the top of the funicula railway (seen approaching bottom right)Descending the funicula to go back to Trinovante, collect our bags, and say farewell.