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24th July, 2013

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We spent much of Tuesday afternoon heading back down Hardangerfjord, and then made the turn that would take us up past the outskirts of Bergen, passing there just as the folks were sitting down to dinner. It was idyllic coastal cruising, wonderful scenery and glorious weather. For those out on the upper decks, the wind generated by our forward motion was sufficient to keep cool without being a minor gale.

During the night the ship was off the coast until just before three a.m. when the course was adjusted to enter Nordfjord near Maloy. Unfortunately some other vessel with far more passengers had been allocated the only berth in Olden and so we had to anchor. Things did not go exactly smoothly initially as there was

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insufficient space available to anchor close to the landing even using the stern anchor, so we ended up almost a mile away. The shore tender we had hired couldn’t get under the stern lines of the other ship to come alongside the pontoon, but with a little ingenuity (and some sheets of plywood) problems were sorted fairly quickly.

One of the tours went all the way to Geriangerfjord, an eight hour round trip, the others stayed a little closer to home on a variety of scenic jaunts that included the Jostedal Glacier, Europe’s largest, and a hike to the foot of the Briksdal Glacier. Not exactly Antarctica or Greenland, but impressive enough to have on our geographic ‘doorstep’.

We departed in relative peace through the tranquil waters. The other vessel had left fifteen minutes before, responding enthusiastically with their ship's whistle to a very loud farewell put on by some enthusiastic locals who seemed to be having a barbecue on their balcony, while patriotically waving a large Norwegian flag on a very long pole.

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