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Bergen

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17th June, 2013

We left the Nordfjord at the same point we entered it, turning sharply into the Skatstrauman where the narrow is divided by a rock sitting beneath the surface.

This time passengers were able to enjoy the dramatic geography of Hornelen, where if you are in the right place and have a very good imagination you can see a face in the rock at Hornelsneset, looking up and wearing a pointed hat.

It is forbidden to use the ships whistle here as it is feared it may cause a rock slide from the shear sided faces of Hornelen which I later found out is the highest sea cliff in Europe at 2820 ft.

From here we reversed our track from the previous night, back to the where the fjords forked just before Bergen. This time we choose instead to pass under the Askoy Bridge which spans the Byfjorden on which we sailed the last few miles to our final port of call for the cruise, Bergen.

There were another five cruise ships in Bergen with us, such is the popularity of the city that it is second only to Oslo in population.

Bergen, which means mountain, is actually surrounded by seven mountains. This gives rise to Bergen’s weather and its reputation for rain. Fortunately for our call it was dry, though not as sunny as our previous few days on this cruise.

All in all the port rounded off a nice cruise around some of Norway’s fjords, and hopefully gave our passengers a taste for more of the same...

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