Always looking for new ways to enjoy our local area, and new angles for our photography passion, we decided today to view the fall foilage from the fjord! Norway Yacht Charter AS runs a tourist boat service on Oslo fjord. We had the pleasure of sailing on “Jomfruen” which is norwegian for “Virgin”. She was built in Hardanger, Norway in 1917 was used for many years to transport fish from the west coast of Norway into the Oslo fish market. Now this lovely two masted sailboat was refurbished in 1984 and now serves as a tourist cruise boat with a dining room and bar inside the cabin. RennyBA took some pictures of the boat coming in to dock, I’m sorry but I only took photos from onboard. So you will have to see his article when he posts hehehe!
RennyBA was well prepared for the trip as always and he was climbing all around the ship, taking pictures from every possible angle. He really loves photography and talking to the local workers. I think he befriended the entire crew in the time of our journey, and I thought I saw them give him a pat on the shoulder on the way off the ship. Maybe they were just grateful that he took the gang plank instead of hopping off the side!
The colors along the shore were at their peak. The birches and the maples were at their full fall glory. Although on one side of the fjord you had a view of the sprawling city of Oslo, just across the fjord were islands full of small cotages, cozy hiding spots, quite coves and abundant nature.
Here you can see we weren’t the only ones in the mood for sailing in this good weather. A number of people had their boats out for one last trip before putting them into winter storage, or packing them good in for the season.
On our way back we had a wonderful panorama view of the city spread out before us. I for one just love sailing and think that everything looks smaller and more manageable from the shoreline.
As many of you well know my husband RennyBA has been actively planning a Blog Gathering in August 2010. If you would like to come and experience some of these beautiful places yourself I recommend that you click on the Logo to learn more about the gathering. We are really looking forward to welcoming friends from the blogsphere from all over the world! Check it out!