Norway - Enjoying Trondheim
The image below is how our day started. This is one of the most spectacular sunrises we've ever seen. I have no words...stunning!
We visited Trondheim this morning on our way north and to the Arctic Circle.
Although it was meant to be a quick visit we ended up loitering and enjoying the city for 2 hours. Trondheim is famous for a few reasons, not least of which is the impressive Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), so a visit was planned.
Work began on the Cathedral in 1070 and the west facade is decorated with intricately carved statues of saints and kings, with a centerpiece including a beautiful, vast stone rose window. The Cathedral is now held in such high regard that the Norwegian Crown Jewels are on display inside. The gargoyles that surround the Cathedral are some of the best we’ve seen.
The Cathedral was very easy to find and we parked right outside. We decided we couldn’t afford to go in at 50 NOK per person and, as it turned out this was a good move as 5 minutes after we arrived the Cathedral doors were closed and guests for a traditional Norwegian wedding started turning up.
We left the Cathedral and headed for the town centre, which was buzzing, and full of people. A festival had been arranged to celebrate Trondheim history.
Now, I have no idea what this had to do with history, but one of the events available to enjoy was a reverse bungee jump. We sat watching comfortably proportioned tourists being trussed up in a harness and then being catapulted in the air by a bungee suspended by a crane.
We just sat and smugly grinned as we watched the lambs to the slaughter. It was like watching a car accident, where you knew should look at the scene, but somehow couldn't turn to look away.
We watched male and female participants alike, all swap bravado for discomfort as the harness strangled their lower particulars as they were launched 100ft straight up...we thought we’d give this one a miss.
Back on the bikes we left and with Trondheim behind us, made our way further up the E6 and past the town of Steinkjer (which Lisa kept referring to a stinky). We continued past the huge fjord of Trondeimsfjorden, which seemed to go on forever, an absolutely amazing piece of water! Continuing along the E6 towards Grong we ended up camping at PlusCamp Langnes at Kvittering.
June 8th 2003
Our aim was Mo i Rana just prior to the Arctic Circle, as Lisa wanted to celebrate her 41st birthday tomorrow at the Arctic Circle! We decided to stay on the E6 rather than take the smaller roads as the weather continued to be horrible and wet. Passed Mosjoen which is an industrial aluminium place and continued to just past Mo i Rana to Storforshei and up into the middle of nowhere but just below 66° 33′ and Saltfjellet – the official area for the Arctic Circle centre – we camped at Skogly Overnatting