In the Wake of the Vikings Days 1-3

Vacation time has rolled around again, and this time we took off on the Viking Sky Cruise ship to trace the path of the ancient Vikings as they explored Norway, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. The trip took 23 days and was filled with many unexpected events and sites.

Our plane landed in Oslo, Norway and we used the Hop On, Hop Off bus to acclimate ourselves. We took in the Viking and Maritime museums.

Wooden figurehead from prow of ancient Viking ship

Both had relics from the days of the Vikings.

Leather boots taken from remains of a Viking ship
Out the train window near Flam

After a day in Oslo, we took a train to Flam and passed through cloud shrouded fjords and had our first glimpse of the quiet life of Norway.

Hotel in Flam

In Flam we had our first taste of reindeer meat as we strolled through a local Farmer’s Market.  It was actually very good and we had it several more times during our trip.

After a day in Flam we boarded another train and headed for Balestrand for a two night stay.

Balestrand was a busier city than Flam, but still very small and quiet.  The views were extraordinary.  We were able to do quite a bit of walking with the temperatures being in the low 50’s.

One of the best things about Balestrand was the food. We had two nights of the most amazing buffet of Norwegian foods. The dinner service offered at least seven different ways of preparing salmon. It was all so wonderful. By this point in the trip, we had eaten, reindeer, veal, halibut,

Balestrand as seen from the tr

salmon, and numerous kinds of local fish that I’d never heard of.  The bread was to die for.  If this was the kind of food we would be eating for the next 3 weeks, we were going to be in big trouble! It would be a challenge to keep portions small or pass on sampling everything our eyes would see.

At the end of our time in Balestrand, we took a ferry to Bergen were we would meet the ship. These three days were a nice adjustment to the 9 hour time change before we began our official journey.

Greeter at the Viking Bar