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After leaving the Nelson’s on the Rush River we drove down to Red Wing Minnesota looking for Eagles. When we arrived at Colvill Park there were already quite a few eagle watchers and photographers gathered along the shore. It was bitterly cold at -15 but fortunately there was almost no wind. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see over a hundred Eagles sitting in the trees and fishing in the open water. I’ve been to Colvill Park a number of times but have never seen anywhere near this many eagles at one place. More Bald Eagle photos from Colvill Park can be found on my website.

This eagle was sitting in a frost covered tree. He had apparently had success at fishing because his tail was covered in blood.

We could see fish along the surface of the water and so could the eagles. They seem to have over a 50 percent success rate on this cold morning.

It was really fun watching them fly above the water looking for fish.

 

As we watched this eagle flew up into a tree near the car and was telling everyone that he caught a fish.

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We were once again up early. When we checked in the hotel staff suggested that we get down to breakfast early Sunday morning because it was going to be crowded.The Scandic Nidelven has a fantastic breakfast and I wanted to be first in line. My wife was a little less enthusiastic. We had eaten breakfast at the hotel once before but this was something else. I’ve never seen anything like it. Wow!!! The photos were taken the next morning and do not do the Sunday spread justice.

After breakfast we walked along the Nidelven River taking some photos. It was a very overcast day.

Near our hotel there was a bridge with an interesting sign. It counted the number of cyclists that had passed over the bridge for the day and year. In other places signs counted the number of pedestrians that had walked past. There were also signs thanking you for walking.

Our first major stop was Kristiansten Fortress. As we neared the fortress my wife spotted a building that she had worked in when she was a student in Norway. At that time it was a nursing home but we couldn’t figure out what it is now. There were some outstanding views of Trondheim from the Fortress.

On the way down from the Fortress we encountered a cat. When I went to photograph the cat I found this nice dandelion. Apparently they are everywhere.

In our wanderings we encountered this bike lift. Apparently you put your bike into this contraption and it gives you a ride to the top of the hill. We waited around to see if anyone would use it but no such luck. Later in the day we noticed someone trying to use it be either it wasn’t working or he didn’t know how to use it.

As a former librarian I couldn’t pass up a photo of the Little Free Library. We have these in the states as well but I’ve never figured out the attraction. In Menomonie we have one right outside the public library.

Walking along the Nidelven River we could see the Nidaros Cathedral in the background. Eventually we made our way to the Cathedral. On the way we passed the University Student Center where my wife spent time when she was a student.

When we reached the Cathedral church services were just getting out. The Cathedral grounds were beautiful and the tulips were in full bloom.

 

My wife worked at the Sverresborg Folk Museum when she was a student. Her Norwegian was good enough that folks couldn’t tell that she wasn’t Norwegian. She found the bus she used to take to work and we jumped on and rode out to the Museum. It was looking like rain so we didn’t have a lot of time to tour around.

Linda hardly recognized the Museum given all of the changes that had taken place. This was the ticket office when she work there.

Sheep and Goats were grazing at the Museum farm.

It was raining out when we finished our tour. While Linda waited at the bus stop I walked across the street and watched a soccer game. Not a very big field but the players were really skilled for their age.

We took a bus back downtown and a little later in the day the weather began to clear. With the improving weather we decided to walk down to the Bakklandet or old city center of Trondheim. It consists of narrow streets and wooden houses.

We then headed to the Wharf area along the Nidelven River. Many of the old wharves had been renovated and turned into trendy shops.

We also walked over the old bridge many times.

 

With all of the cold weather we decided to stop and look at the Devil’s Punchbowl. It was very impressive. Hardly any of the ice had fallen off of the wall because it has been so cold. A shot of Linda looking at the ice wall. More photos from Devil’s Punchbowl can be found on my website.

The cold weather has resulted in huge ice flows and the bottom of the ravine is covered with a huge ice flow. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

I managed a few photos of leaves encased in the ice.

It was going to be a very long day. We had to catch the 6:30 am express boat from Svolvaer to Bodo and then catch the train from Bodo to Trondheim. We were up at 5:30 so we could walk down to the harbor where we were scheduled to meet the boat. Needless to say there were not a lot of people around at this hour. We sat at some tables outside of a restaurant and had breakfast.

Our first stop of the day was Skrova where the pastime seemed to be waiting for the express boat to arrive. Apparently the main industry in Skrova is whaling although all I saw was a sleepy fishing village.

The next stop was Skutvik where we took on a few passengers. As you can see the boat was almost empty and the new passengers promptly took a nap. It was a Saturday morning so I expect there was not a lot of people traveling.

We were traveling right along the coast to our next stop which was Nordskot. We picked up a few more passengers at Nordskot. Just past Nordskot we sailed past Manshausen Island which is only 55 acres in the middle of the Grotoya strait. As we sailed past we saw four sea cabins that were designed and built by architect Snorre Stinessen. These cabins are for rent. Notice a woman in her nightgown taking photos of the ship as we sailed by.

Our final stop before Bodo was Helnessund where quite a few passengers boarded the boat.

We sailed by Nyholmen skandse as we entered the harbor at Bodo. We had most of the morning  free in Bodo so we took a few photos at the harbor and then walked down to the train station to store our packs until we boarded the train.

It was a beautiful day  so we wandered around sections of the town that we had not visited on our first stop in Bodo. Unfortunately it was early on Saturday and most of the buildings were closed. We walked down to Lovold Cafeteria hoping to get some Norwegian meatballs but they were not serving them on Saturday.

Nordland Museum

Bodo Domkirke

WWII Memorial

Town Hall

Lovold Cafeteria

We then headed down to the train station to collect our packs and board the train. This couple had obviously been enjoying the outdoors because they has full packs with snowshoes and skis. The last shot is of me checking my pack.

As the train moved through the lowlands we could see that the farmers were just starting to work their fields at the end of May. It does make a difference who the conductor is on the train. Some of the conductors give a running commentary on things to see along the way.

We passed some mountain cabins, where people were still cross country skiing, before arriving at a small building that indicated we were leaving the Arctic Circle. My wife remembered when she passed it 40+ years ago the train stopped. Ours didn’t maybe because there was still quite a bit of snow on the tracks.

The weather started to deteriorate as we passed over the first range of mountains. We encountered rain and a lot of fog as we passed along the coast.

Once we headed inland we started seeing more farms.

We were delayed a bit in getting into Trondheim because the railroad was working on the tracks. We stopped a small town and boarded some really nice coaches for the ride into town. It was close to 10pm when we finally arrived at the train station. Fortunately our hotel ,Scandic Nidelven was only a short walk from the train station.

 

We had some shopping to do in Hudson, Wisconsin so we decided to stop in and look at the Trumpeter Swans that can be found along the Saint Croix River. We were disappointed and a little shocked to find that there was almost no open water where the Swans usually congregate. There were a few of them huddled along the shore and another batch out toward the river but none in the little pond. I’m not sure what is going on. Normally even if it is cold out there is a nice section of open water in the area.

I did manage to capture a few shots of the Ducks and Geese near the puddle of open water.

It looked to be a beautiful day. Our first stop was Kabelvag Church.

There were some beautiful view of the mountains as we drove along the coast before stopping at the quaint fishing village of Henningsvaer.

After leaving Henningsvaer we drove past Lofoten Links, the only golf course we saw on the entire trip. There appeared to people playing although it was early spring.

The area we were driving through seemed to be much flatter and more agricultural than what we saw the previous day. We encountered a man and his son driving sheep down the road.

On the way to Ramberg Beach we noticed this small fishing village so we drove down along the water to take a closer look.

When we reached Ramberg Beach it was cool out but folks were still picnicking although a short time later the sun was blocked by the mountain and the place was suddenly deserted.

There was a hiking trail along the shoreline so my wife and I decided to take a walk in the sun. Along the way we encountered some sheep grazing. There was also a sign indicating that you should beware of the rams.

On the way back to Svolvaer we took a few back roads along the coast.

When we reached Svolvaer we turned in our rental car. The rental shop was closed so I took a number of photos of the car to show there wasn’t any damage. In the process I made a major mistake which I’ll describe later.

After turning in the rental car we walked downtown to get something to eat.

It was a beautiful evening so we stopped for some soft is. We then walked back to our Airbnb taking photos of the harbor along the route.

When we reached our Airbnb we used the keypad to enter the lobby. When I reached for my room key it was nowhere to be found. I searched all of my pockets. My wife searched all of my pockets. I recalled that I had put the room key in the same pocket as my camera. Apparently when I had removed my camera the room key had fallen out. To make matters worse our host and her husband had gone off to another island for the weekend. We had to call them and explain the situation. She was willing to come back but we told here we would search for the key first.

We retraced our steps checking along the way to see if it had fallen on the ground where I had taken photos. It wasn’t until we reached the rental car lot that we found the key on the ground. Normally I keep my camera in a pocket with nothing else in it but for some unknown reason I didn’t upon returning to Svolvaer. By the time we found the key it was getting late. We were very relieved to find the key as was our Airbnb host.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up at my feeder this year. It has been several years since I’ve seen any of them around.

The next morning we were up early and walked back into town to find our car rental. We found it without any problem but had to get some instructions on how to run items on the car. With the car we headed out. Our goal for the day was to drive the E10 from Svolvaer to the end of the islands.

We pulled off on a viewpoint to get a photo of the mountains with the E10 in the foreground.

This is a shot of the Borg Church which is close to the Lofotr Viking Museum. A replica of a Viking ship was sailing in the sea below the church.

We passed many small farms and fishing villages nestled up against the base of the mountains.

A common sight driving through the Lofoten Islands was fish drying racks. When we were there most of the racks held fish heads although we did see some with fish bodies.

As we neared the end of the E10 we encountered the quaint fishing village of Reine.

We returned to Svolvaer late in the day and parked our car at the Airbnb. We walked back into town to grab a bite to eat and walk around the Harbor area.

This church was near our Airbnb.

With the lack of a nighttime it makes for a long day when there is so much to see.

I haven’t seen a Pileated Woodpecker at my feeders in quite some time. Earlier this fall I noticed one fly by as I was working on the bird feeders. This past week a female has turned up at my feeders several times. The second time she turned up I was able to get to my camera with the long lens so all I could photograph was her head.

We arrived in Bodo late in the day and stayed in a youth hostel right at the train station. We didn’t have to get up all that early because we had most of the day in Bodo . The next morning we walked along the harbor taking photos.

We encountered an unusual (at least for the U.S.) number of dads pushing strollers. My wife claimed they were called latte dads. Norway has a generous leave program for parents including dads.

We also encountered a number of preschool students out walking along the harbor.

We discovered the WWII bunker right next to a playground.

Bodo has a nice indoor shopping mall. We spent quite a bit of time wandering around.

A number of the buildings had some great artwork on them.

Construction cranes were everywhere in Scandinavia. Bodo was so exception.

We had some time so we decided to hike to the top of Keiservarden. It offered some stunning views of Bodo and the surrounding area.

After our hike we stopped at the local Kafeteria for one of my favorite Norwegian meals, Meatballs, boiled potatoes and mashed peas covered with gravy.

We spent the rest of our time in Bodo wandering around the harbor area.

Late in the day we caught the costal express boat to Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands.

The boat was full so we were not able to get window seats and I was not able to get any photos. By the time we got a window seat it the light was gone. We arrived in Svolvaer late in the evening. I can’t say it was dark out because it really doesn’t get dark at this time of the year.