We are back and had a wonderful time. We met some great Norwegian people whose command of English put us Brits to shame.
We flew into Oslo and stayed at the Scandic Byporten at Oslo S station. We did this to easily catch the Bergen train the next morning. We ate at the Egon restaurant for dinner and really enjoyed the atmosphere and views over the city. The Egon was also the restaurant Scandic use for breakfast which was OK.
We bought supplies for the train trip at the mini supermarket on our walk to the station, which was only 5 minutes away, all inside the shopping complex. The 7 hour train journey was fantastic as the weather was glorious and we arrived at Bergen at 3 pm just in time to check into Hurtigruten, The ferry doesn't leave until 10.30 pm so we walked into town and took a trip up the funicular, with the weather still holding we had great views over the town including the Finnmarken ferry boat.
Because my wife has a small appetite we had decided to go B & B This caused some of you to question if we could survive just using the cafeteria on board. It was excellent for the four days we were aboard. Sometimes we ate lunch ashore when in port but always ate in the cafe at night. Rose in charge of the cafe/shop couldn't have been more helpful. The food was very good, and by Norwegian standards not too expensive. The beauty of it was that we were not tied to a time to eat.
The weather was not always perfect but the scenery was amazing. Alcohol is expensive in Norway and the barman in the panoramic lounge did little business. We disembarked at Tromso and stayed at the 'Clarion With' paying extra for a sea view, Stunning! Although the hotel is expensive the price includes afternoon waffles and an evening buffet, which can save you a fortune on eating out. On the first night we went dog sledding with the Lyngisfyord adventure company. Two hours of adrenalin fueled fun with lots of breaks when people fell off or the dogs got tangled. To top it all the Lights danced for us that night. We were lucky. We were in the middle of nowhere with complete darkness and they danced.(If you would like to know more about this excursion PM me).
The last day we did some sight seeing and really enjoyed the Polaria. Time your visit for seal feeding time.
The journey home was a nightmare but you can't have it all.
Many thanks to all my forum friends who helped us construct an amazing holiday