Friday, 30 June 2017
30.06.2017 - 30.06.2017
Woke to bright sunshine at 06:00 and the ship had already started on her course up the fjord which runs Eastward for over 100 kilometres to almost cut Norway in half. There are small settlements and solitary houses on both sides of the fjord with rugged mountains as a backdrop. There are a number of extensive fish-farms in the calm waters.
With an arrival time of 12:00 we will have sailed for about 8 hours inland. That is most unusual for an Ocean Cruise Ship. Not much to do but lots to see as we continue towards the city. Enjoying the advantage of a balcony we can watch the various settlements as we sail past. On occasions there are views of distant snow covered mountains.
Checked in with the Internet Manager and explained my unintended loss of connection time, he promptly credited my account with 60 minutes. I suspect there were others caught out with the flaky connection as we left Bergen yesterday afternoon. With stability restored, for now, I spent some time searching for other itineraries that visit this region. Between now and this time next year there are only four voyages similar to this one and two have already SOLD OUT. This is proving to be a unique experience.
Our Shore Excursion today consisted of a city drive and a musical recital at the Ringve Museum. The city drive highlighted the many colourful wooden buildings and the more modern reconstructions following a number of fires over the many years. Our first photo stop was at the Nidaros Cathedral dating to the twelfth century. Over the years sections have been rebuilt but it remains an impressive structure.
Leaving the city behind we were transported to the Ringve Museum situated in impressive gardens and landscaped parks overlooking the fjord. The museum is based on the manor house of a wealthy merchant and his wife. She established the museum which now contains some 2000 musical instruments from around the world.
This was an unexpected cultural experience for me. With talented musicians in period costumes preformed shot recitals on some of the historic instruments in rooms decorated to represent structures of the period. All of it went over my head.
Back aboard we decided that the walk into the city was out of the question so instead went to the Cabaret Lounge to watch the movie "Gifted". I'm no movie buff but I thought the cast made their characters totally credible. I'm sure I've never seen them before.
A late dinner on the aft deck and then watched our preparations for departure. The weather has been phenomenal with the maximum reported to be around 28 °C. Today's sunrise was 03:10 and sunset will be 23:32. As I write this at 21:45 the sun still shines brightly through the balcony window. The whole experience is taxing my brain.
Two days at sea as we sail North to Longyearbyen where we expect to arrive on Monday.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony