Fundamental Fjords

There is almost nothing more inspiring than Norway’s towering mountains and jaw droppingly spectacular fjords.

Mountains near Molde in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway
Mountains near Molde in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway

Here are a few photos that might tempt you into visiting this rugged Nordic country with its staggeringly gorgeous scenery.

1)  Molde is the gateway to the Troll Mountains.  We travelled on the famous Rauma Railroad and saw incredible scenery.

Waterfall in Romsdalen Valley on the way to Troll Mountains.
Waterfall in Romsdalen Valley on the way to Troll Mountains.

 

Rauma Railway © NSB
Rauma Railway © NSB

 

2)      Lysefjord.  Taking a small craft, motor out from the historic town of Stavanger through Lysefjord, to view the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) from below.  The day I was there, mountain goats were clambering on the steep hillsides as well.

Pulpit Rock in Lysefjord.
Pulpit Rock in Lysefjord.

 

Mountain goats in Lysefjord.
Mountain goats in Lysefjord.

 

3)    Bergen.  One of the most called at cruise ports in Europe, old Bergen, with its fish market and ancient wooden buildings, is atmospheric and intriguing.  Definitely take the cable car to the top for spectacular views.

 

Bergen's Old Town
Bergen’s Old Town

 

Old styled Norwegian carriage, Bergen
Old styled Norwegian carriage, Bergen

 

View from Grieg's House, Bergen
View from Grieg’s House, Bergen

 

4)    Flåm.  This tiny harbour at the mouth of the Aurlandfjord fjord is most known for its world renowned railway.  This engineering marvel travels up to Myrdal station at the top of the mountain, passing Voss waterfall on the way, and, ultimately, connecting with Oslo.

View of Flåm from the railway.
View of Flåm from the railway.
Voss Waterfall, on railway from Myrdal Station
Voss Waterfall, on railway from Myrdal Station

5)      Stalheim Hotel for panorama views of Nærøydalen.  Over one hundred years old, the panoramic views from the Stalheim Hotel are spectacular.  Only a half hour drive from Flåm, the hairpin turns on the road from the hotel down to Nærøydalen valley below are death defying. 

View from Stalheim Hotel near Flam.
View from Stalheim Hotel near Flam.

 

6)      Tysfjord and Vestfjord and Lofoten Islands.  Every autumn the killer whales and herring swim up the Tysfjord and Vestfjord.  Nature safaris are organised to see this annual event. The Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg is not to be missed.  You can take a short cruise on an historic Viking long boat as well as seeing a recreation of a Viking longhouse.

 

Ancient church, Leknes.
Ancient church, Leknes.

 

 

Wooden carved figure, Viking Museum.
Wooden carved figure, Viking Museum.

 

 7)      Lofoten is known for the old fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer) that have been restored and turned into modern accommodation for travellers.

 

Rorbeur. Fishermen's cabins are now accommodation.
Rorbeur. Fishermen’s cabins are now accommodation.

 

8)      Nordkapp.  By cruise ship, you will call at Honnigsvej and then take a coach to the northern most tip of the European Land mass.  You will see reindeer and Sami up here.

 

Nordkapp.
Nordkapp.

 

8)      Kvaløya (the whale island) for VillmarkssenterTove Sørensen’s centre for huskies is a must visit.  There are about 300 dogs raised here exclusively for sledding. 

Huskie at Villmarkssenter
Huskie at Villmarkssenter

 

Sledding, Villmarkssenter
Sledding, Villmarkssenter

 

The Roaming Scribe’s trip to the Arctic Circle was sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.

Head to Café Football for the World Cup

Bring on the grub! Café Football in Stratford's Westfield Mall.
Bring on the grub! Café Football in Stratford’s Westfield Mall.

Café Football opened last December in Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Mall and offers football terrace food – but with a difference.  Owners Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have brought in chef and restaurateur, Michael Wignall, to turn football grub into gastro pub fare.

Menus at Café Football organise food into the shape of football formations, there is a display of Ryan Giggs’ boots and lots of kitsch football slogans thrown in for good measure.  Desserts include the pistachio-garnished Chocolate Turf, and Wignall’s Half Time Orange – which is citrus parfait, orange jelly and butterscotch sauce.

Main courses have equally kitschy names. The Wizard Burger is lamb with harissa sauce, while The Special One is a grilled chicken burger with goats cheese.  Side orders are suitably good including very flavoursome chunky chips.  For something more unusual try the Asian slaw,  while the green beans get a thumbs up from me.

Bruno, our waiter, is just one of the enthusiastic staff at Café Football.  Julia in the Sweet Shop is equally excited to explain all about her goodies.  I order a scrumptious caramel salted ice cream and a dark chocolate sorbet with a shot of plantation rum for hubby. Decadent!

Café Football wants to be known as a restaurant, not a sports bar.  And you might be fooled by the interior as there are so many TV screens inside.  But, none the less, it is a great night out and you can wash down your grub with beer or with a very decent bottle of California Viognier.

Wash down your grub with an excellent California Viognier.
Wash down your grub with an excellent California Viognier.

So get booking quick for the World Cup!  See you there.

Café  Football, The Street Westfield Stratford City London E20 1EN

Venue phone: 020 8702 2590