Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United Kingdom  , Leicestershire,
Monday, August 27, 2012

Our departure day unfortunately didn't start well - Katie woke up with her chest infection no better, so we had to leave Katie and Chris behind (they are re-booked on a flight on Tuesday, so hopefully they can join us then).

The silver lining (admittedly small) was that we had could take an extra bag between the remaining three of us, so some last minute re-packing took place.

We got to Gatwick in two hours, despite the M23 being closed due to a major accident. Liz's sat nav did us proud!

The flight (with Norwegian) was very good - a more civilised version of easyJet! We descended into Trondheim slightly ahead of schedule through a thick layer of cloud, which did not bode well! However, after picking up the hire car and getting on our way the clouds began to break, and it turned into a beautifully sunny afternoon.

Our route took us through the centre of Trondheim and then on an unplanned tour of it's suburbs. I was relying on an old road map of Sweden, which fortuitously took in most of Norway too, but unfortunately it lacked somewhat in detail. After a bit Liz persuaded me to stop at a garage and buy a decent map...what a good idea!

Soon we were back on track and arrived at the ferry port in Flakk just in time to get the 5.30 crossing to Rorvik on the other side of the Trondheim fjord. The Norwegians have a rather neat system for charging you to travel - you have a sensor in the car linked to your credit card which automatically debits you when driving along toll roads - of which there seem to be quite a lot! It also works on ferries, so you don't have to bother paying on board.

The journey across the fjord took about half an hour, and then we wiggled our way to the far western coast to a little island called Stokkoya. It's rather remote, but there are little "cottages" dotted around the hills over-looking a beach, and we had rented one. Almost on the beach itself is a cafe/restaurant where we collected our keys, and duly set about locating our "cottage" (which wasn't as easy as it sounds). Once located, however, we could relax and enjoy the stunning views from the little terrace.

Our supplies of gin and brandy, dutifully (or rather duty freely!) purchased at Gatwick now came in handy!
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