Although we live 20 metres from the sea, that's a fjord. So it's nice sometimes to get a view of the open sea. I suppose that's one of the things I miss about Shetland.
Anyway, when our visitors were here a couple of weeks ago we went for a run out to the coast at Haram, just north of Ålesund. It's only just over 40km as the crow flies, but by road the round trip comes to nearer 160km.
We went out through Tomrefjord, and I remembered this time to take a picture of the Solstrand yard where the Altaire was built.
Note the floating dock. There's actually 2 of them in Tomrefjord.
Here's a picture of a very common sight here.
Betty Mouat drifted ashore in 1886 on the smack 'Columbine'.
Turning back inland from Haram we had a view of Ålesund, but nobody in the car bothered to take a picture.
But here's a nice picture in to Grytefjorden, which separates Haram from Ålesund.
The old one pictured here (well there's actually 2 bridges, this is the biggest one) was built between 1911 and 1919, with the road being opened in 1922 after they got a small tunnel dug to connect the bridges to the road, and was in use up until 2004. Restoration work is being done to the old bridges, so I'm sure they will continue to be an attraction for many years to come.
this wiki link.
And here's a view of the new bridge, opened in July 2004, as seen from the old bridge. Note the current swirls in the water. I saw a guy trying to paddle a cone through there once, it was slow progress.
Yun's aa fir enoo.
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