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Stranded in Norway

April 21st, 2010 · 89 Comments


Our plans were to go to Norway to have a meeting at salmon farm.  We were to leave Wednesday afternoon and be back by Thursday late afternoon.

At least that was the plan.

However, as most plans go, Mother Nature had other plans.  These plans were in the form of a volcano erupting in Iceland.

I went up with a colleague from the office to a small city halfway up the coast of Norway called Trondheim.  It is an attractive city next to the famous fiords and boasting one of the largest cathedrals in Europe.  I went up there with one small bag containing the change of underwear, a shirt and a whole lot of camera equipment.  One thing that I failed to check was the status of the batteries in the camera.  I thought that one bar on the battery meter meant that I still have several photos love to be able to take, but alas, that was not to be.  I got my tripod and my camera and walked a short distance to the old bridge that had a fantastic view of the colorful warehouses dotting the edges of the river.  The setup the camera made adjustments and to a grand total of two photos before my camera ran out of power.  Great.  Those two shots had better be damned good I thought.

The turned out to be OK.

My colleague and I went up in search of a sushi restaurant nearby.  The ordered a large assortment of sushi, which, to my surprise, contained one piece of sushi cover of the dark red meat which I knew to be whale.  The waitress confirmed my suspicion.  My colleague said that it tasted good.

Our local colleague from Oslo showed up that he’d been in told us that due to the volcano located in Iceland which was spewing dark clouds of ash, all of the airports in Norway would most likely close by the end of the day.  We felt that this was perhaps a little pessimistic, but it turned out to indeed be true.  By the next morning, all of the airports in Scandinavia were closed as well as the rest of Northern Europe.  For the rest of the day, we scrambled to find alternate means of getting back to Denmark.

We drove for a couple hours straight west from Trondheim to a small island that had some very large salmon farms.  After a couple hours of meetings, we started head back.  All flights were confirmed to be grounded and there were no rental cars to be had.  Fortunately, we were traveling with someone from the Norway University of Technology who have special priorities at rental car places and we were able to get the last car on the lot, a nice Mercedes SUV.  We drove 10 hours straight down the length of Norway to also, where we unfortunately been able to secure train tickets to Copenhagen for the next day and a very expensive hotel room where we would only spent 5 hours taking naps.

The drive down to Norway with actually very beautiful.  There was a lot of snow and beautiful snowcapped mountains line and either side of the highway the highway itself was a very slow affair, a two lane road with 60 kilometers per hour speed limits most of the way.  I drove for several hours as well and enjoyed it as it is so rare that I get to drive nowadays.  We arrived in Oslo after midnight, very tired but anxious to get home.

The next morning, we boarded a train early in order to escape the massive crowds with huge suitcases, everyone having missed their flights.  There were people standing in the train for three or 4 hours at a time, until they were told that they had to get up and board a bus instead.  We’re fortunate to have seat all the way from Oslo to Copenhagen.  I read in Copenhagen at about 4:00 PM and had a function at Tivoli that was supposed to go to, but I was so tired that I headed straight home instead.  That’s too bad as I was told later that it was a very good event with plenty of celebrities and good food and alcohol.  They’re all celebrating a new shipping route that I was able to put in between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

As it turns out, we were very lucky as the airports are still closed, even today, six days later.  The volcano in Iceland shows no signs of letting up on its eruption.  There are still people all around the world trying to get where they want to go but are still stuck where they’re at.  You have to feel sorry for them as they no doubt are frustrated at their interrupted plans, but that the same time you also have to envy them somewhat as they are possibly where they enjoy being with no option to be elsewhere at that time.  I guess it would be somewhat fun to be stranded somewhere nice, to be able to relax without having the option of going somewhere else. 

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