JWH TRAVEL BITS AND MORE…January 24, 2020

JWH TRAVEL BITS AND MORE…January 24, 2020

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments and places that take our breath away” – Unknown

Norwegian Coastal Voyage – In the works...JWH Spring 2021 

To receive more information when released: 

jenny@trvlconcepts.com 


Set out for Norway, in one of the world’s most incredible regions, Scandinavia. In this land of intense natural beauty and famous for its deep fjords, Viking legends, and well-preserved historical sites, you’ll see majestic mountains, fishing villages, and historic towns. Experience a true milestone as your ship sails across the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe.

Some tour features and highlights:

Norway’s capital and largest city is a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, and restaurants. As one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks are changing the face of the city, but Oslo still maintains its refreshing closeness to nature. 

Photo credit: Oslo - Christoffer Engström Unsplash
 
Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm Railway - Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen
Today you embark on the legendary “Norway in a Nutshell” tour! All aboard the Bergen Railway to experience Europe’s most scenic rail journey. Have your camera ready as this legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking fjord and mountainous terrain on its way to Bergen. Switch trains in Myrdal and travel 12 miles on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering, taking you 2,800 breathtaking feet in 55 minutes to the village of Flåm on Sognefjord, Norway's longest (120 miles) and deepest (more than a mile). Next, cruise Nærøyfjord (UNESCO), the narrowest fjord in Europe with stunning views of waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. In Gudvangen, your journey continues by bus with the breathtaking Stalheimskleiven hairpin road (available May through September only), a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends. In Voss, board the train for Bergen, one of Norway’s oldest and most iconic cities.

Photo credit: Flam Rail – ioa8320 - Pixbay

Bergen - Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Board Ship
Join your fellow travelers on a leisurely paced walking tour of Bergen. Explore the picturesque, old Bryggen Wharf (UNESCO) with its tiny wooden houses and narrow streets. Mingle with the locals at the fish market located in the 'heart' of the city. Then prepare for your memorable 6-night cruise – the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” – sailing along the stunning Norwegian coastline. This evening, board your Hurtigruten ship. Sit back and take in the treasure trove of landscapes, scenery, sights and sounds that surround you.

This morning’s view from the ship will be either the tranquil Stadthavet Sea or the majestic Geirangerfjord as we make our way to the charming village of Alesund.

Photo credit: Alesund, Norway /Unsplash – Nicolai Bernsten

Today, enjoy some time in the historic city of Trondheim. Founded by Viking King Olav in A.D. 997, it was the location of the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessings. Later, continue toward the Land of the Midnight Sun, passing rugged coastlines en route to Rorvik which sits among 6,000 islands.

Photo credit: Unsplash Angela Compagnone

Today you become one of a select few as your cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle on your way to Bodo. Gaze at the distant rugged peaks and to the infinite sky…keep an eye out for white-tailed sea eagles found in this region. Continue sailing, crossing the stunning Vestfjord and past the breathtaking Lofoten Islands before pausing briefly at the villages of Stamsund and Svolvaer. Later, sail on past the majestic Trollfjord.

Take in the serenity as we sail past a chain of islands on our way to the small town of Harstad. Stop here for a moment before continuing on to Tromso, capital of the Arctic. Find yourself immersed in beautiful fjords and mountains. Located 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromso is home to the world's northernmost university, botanical garden and cathedral.

Photo credit: Tromso Arctic – Pixabay Mathislagadec
 
Have some time in the peaceful town of Honningsvag, the capital of North Cape, situated closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo.

Photo credit: Joffi2017 - Pixabay

Early this morning we arrive in Kirkenes, home to the Sami people who have herded reindeer for centuries. Disembark your ship and fly* back to Oslo.

Courtesy of Collette Tours, Norway Tourism Board

Described as 'the world's most beautiful voyage', sailing along the Norwegian coast offers epic landscapes and thrilling adventures. We go where no other ships go to give you first-hand encounters with dramatic fjords, wildlife, and the northern lights or midnight sun. No matter the season, all sailings with Hurtigruten are unique and bound to awaken the explorer in you. (sample itinerary)

https://global.hurtigruten.com/about-us/why-hurtigruten/

Norway - Cities (4K)
Feb 27, 2017
Andrix
Drone flights over Norwegian cities during the summer. Trondheim, Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund, Oslo.

8 BEST Norwegian food to try in Norway
Feb 2, 2019
Dutchified
The video features the best Norwegian food. This time we were in Norway. We started at the Bergen Food Market We took a two week Arctic cruise to see the Northern Lights. This is rated as one of the best cruises in the world. This cruise is a great prides itself on the best Norwegian Food which they highlight through the cruise.

Norwegian Gastronomy: A Sense of Place
Feb 6, 2019
TerroirTalk
Terroir founder, Arlene Stein headed to Norway to explore the country’s sense of place through its food history uniting some of the country's best chefs, restaurants, food experts including Maaemo, Lysverket with many other knowledgeable and brilliant Norwegian food innovators. This is a film that really gets to the heart of the Terroir Hospitality organisation's core aims of sharing food cultures, championing all those who recognise the importance of terroir and who manage to bring the concept to life. It's also a film which establishes Norway's sense of place in the global food system and tells its own personal food story.

Lead Photo credit: ThuyHaBich – Pixabay

ARTICLES AND MORE…

Protecting Pangolins From Poachers in South Africa
Jan 9, 2020
Great Big Story
Pangolins have survived for 85 million years, but their very existence is under threat now. Poachers are killing them for their scales. Dr. Ray Jansen, a zoology professor, and wildlife biologist Francois Meyer are trying to save South Africa’s pangolin population. They run sting operations in Musina to rescue these docile creatures, and then help them recover and return to their natural habitat. In this episode of “Mission Wild,” host Wes Larson goes deep into the bush to try and find a pangolin in the wild. But these solitary, nocturnal animals prove what masters of disguise they can be.

Photo credit: One Zone Studio – Unsplash – Kigali, Rwanda

The most inviting city in Africa?
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200105-the-most-inviting-city-in-africa
Although there are many factors that have led to Kigali’s solid infrastructure and booming development, one thing stands out as the organising principle: umuganda.
By Bert Archer
6 January 2020

How the chip changed everything
https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/made-on-earth
25 SEPTEMBER 2019|TECHNOLOGY
All our complex and connected modern electronics would be nothing without pure, white sand

The missing ingredient in every recipe book
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p080kv49/the-missing-ingredient-in-every-recipe-book
17 JANUARY 2020|PHYSICS
All our recipe books are missing one crucial ingredient. We may not notice it now, but if astronauts were to one day take our recipe books and a set of scales with them to Mars or the Moon, they would immediately have a problem.

Physicist Helen Czerski explores the fascinating physics that link our planet to your kitchen scales and what effect that has on your favourite Victoria Sponge recipe.

Photo credit: Tina Guina – Unsplash 

How the world came to run on coffee
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07nkgsb/how-the-world-came-to-run-on-coffee
17 SEPTEMBER 2019|FOOD
In just a few centuries, the world has developed a two-billion-cups-a-day habit.

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