Norway and Iceland 2019


Norway Iceland 2019 Intro
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This year we went on a 14-day cruise to Norway and Iceland. We started with a visit to London. Then we traveled to Southampton England to board the Sapphire Princess cruise ship and sailed to Norway, with stops in Bergen, Flåm, Hellesylt, Geiranger, and Alesund. Then we sailed to Iceland, with stops in Akureyri, Isafjordur, Grundarfjordur, and Reykjavik. Then we sailed back to England.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Gold written by Colyn Cameron
Performed by Brad Imsdahl


London
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Before going on our cruise to Norway and Iceland, we flew to London and stayed at the Montague Hotel, which is across the street from the British Museum. This video takes us on a walking tour past Trafalgar Square to the Westminster Pier for a boat ride on the River Thames.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
And I Love Her / You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Rick Fricano - Vocals and Guitar
Brad Imsdahl - Piano, Bass, and Drums


British Museum and the Bible
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During our stay in London, we visited the British Museum. Of interest to us are objects on display that have something to do with the Bible. Archeology confirms that places and events as described in the Bible are in fact based upon real history.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Pharaoh Ramses II
Written by Derek Fiechter
Performed by Brad Imsdahl


Stonehenge
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We checked out of our London hotel at 7AM and were picked up by a tour bus that took us to Southampton to go on a 14-day Norway and Iceland cruise. On the way to Southampton, we stopped to see Stonehenge, a pre-historic monument in southern England.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Arran Boat Song
Traditional Scottish Highlands Folk Song
Performed by Mark Stillman


Sapphire Princess
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Our 14-day cruise to Norway and Iceland was on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess. This video describes the ship and all of the activities on board during our cruise, with scenes of leaving the port of Southampton.
The music for this scene is my jazz version of the song Remind Me, which was a hit in the early 2000s by the band Röyksopp, a Norwegian electronic synth-pop band from Tromsø, Troms, Norway. The song was recently made popular by the Geico Caveman at the airport commercial.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Remind Me
Written by Svein Berge, Torbjørn Brundtland, and Erlend Øye
Performed by Brad Imsdahl


Bergen Norway - Bryggen & Scenic Cruise Excursion
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Our first port that we visited on our cruise was the city of Bergen, the second largest city in Norway with a population of about 420,000. This video summarizes the history of Norway from how it came under Danish rule to when it gained independence from Sweden. The video also includes scenes from the Bryggen and Scenic Cruise Excursion, with a history of the Hanseatic League and a boat ride on one of the many fjords in the Bergen area.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Morning Mood, Anitra’s Dance, and In the Hall of the Mountain King was written by Edvard Grieg and performed by Brad Imsdahl
Levan Polkka is a Traditional Finnish Polka performed by Mark Stillman


Flåm Norway – Stegastein Viewing Platform – Train to Vatnahalsen
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On this day we visited the small Norwegian village of Flam, located at the end of the Sognefjord. The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway, stretching some 120 miles from the coast into the interior of Norway. In the morning, we took a bus to the Stegastein viewing platform for spectacular views of the fjord below. In the afternoon, we took the Flam Valley train to the Vatnahalsen hotel, with a stop along the way to see the Kjosfossen waterfall.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Sky Boat Song is a traditional Scottish folk song
Performed by Mark Stillman


Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord
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After leaving Flam, our cruise ship sailed back out the Aurlandsfjord and the Sognefjord.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Star of the County Down is a Traditional Irish Folk Song
Performed by Mark Stillman on Accordion and
Brad Imsdahl on Dulcimer


Hellesylt and Cruising the Geirangerfjord
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On this day, we stopped in the small Norwegian village of Hellesylt to drop off passengers who have booked full day excursions out of Hellesylt. Then we sailed to Geiranger, the next town down the fjord where those passengers dropped off in Hellesylt meet back up with the ship. The cruise from Hellesylt to Geiranger was one of the most scenic portions of our cruise.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Off to California is a traditional Irish Hornpipe tune performed by Mark Stillman
Silence of the Woods was written by Edvard Grieg and performed by Brad Imsdahl


Geiranger - Eagles Bend and the Herdal Summerfarm Excursion
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This video highlights the Eagles Bend viewing platform, with spectacular views from 1,700 feet above the Geirangerfjord. Then a visit to the Herdal Summerfarm to learn why Norwegian farmers took their animals up into the mountains during the summer and how they made Norwegian brown cheese.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Sakkijarven Polka is a traditional Finish Polka, performed by Mark Stillman
Waltz in A Minor was written by Edvard Grieg, performed by Brad Imsdahl
Coffee My Dear was written by Obren Pjevovic, performed by Mark Stillman


In the Hall of the Mountain King
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This video is the cruise back out the fjord after leaving the port of Geiranger.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
In the Hall of the Mountain King was written by Edvard Grieg
Performed by Brad Imsdahl


Ålesund Norway and the Easy Ålesund Tour Excursion
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Today we visit the Norwegain city of Alesund, which was the scene of a fire on January 23, 1904 that burned down almost the entire town. The city was rebuilt with stone, brick, and mortar in the Art Nouveau architectural style, which is what gives the town its characteristic to this day.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Scarce O’ Tatties is a Traditional Irish Jig
Performed by Mark Stillman


Cole Slaw
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A highlight of any vacation is the food. We enjoyed a wide variety of different meals during our trip.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Cole Slaw
Written by Jesse Stone
Performed by Rick Fricano – Vocals
Brad Imsdahl – Piano, Bass, & Drums


Akureyri Iceland and the Godafoss Waterfall
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After visiting Norway, our cruise ship took us to Iceland. This video includes scenes of sailing the Eyjafjordur to the town of Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland. In the afternoon, we took a bus to see the Godafoss Waterfall.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
Journey Within
Written by Pamela and Randy Copus
Performed by Brad Imsdahl
Train to Koblenz
Written and performed by Brad Imsdahl


Akureyri Botanical Gardens
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After visiting the Godafoss waterfall, the bus took us to the Botanical Gardens located in Akureyri. This is a public park with samples of most of the Icelandic flora as well as about 7,500 plants from around the world.
A Film by Brad Imsdahl
The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Brad Imsdahl


Eyjafjörður
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This is fast motion Go Pro video of leaving the port Akureyri Iceland and sailing up Eyjafjordur.
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The rest of the videos from this trip will be posted soon.

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