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24th June, 2013

Molde - Day 3

Day three, had I hair I would have probably have pulled it out by now! For me it was going to be a day of waiting, phone calls and emails, trying to find out the latest information to ensure we get away this evening as our new plan was quite tight with regard to speed.

Chris and Cathy, the Shorex Team had been working hard again to secure more tours that we could offer our passengers with our compliments:

“It is now day three in Molde and we have another tour to entertain our passengers and show them the stunning views and breath-taking scenery of this small town that is so far north. Our tours agent provides outstanding service to the 'Saga Shore Excursions' team and only too pleased to find some more places of interest and delight for our passengers third day in Molde.

We decided to take our passengers on a panoramic tour of the town of Molde before the ascent to the Varden – Molde’s panorama viewpoint.  From the Varden viewpoint there is a good view of the town of Molde, the fjord and islands and the famous Molde panorama with its 222 partially snow-clad peaks. On a clear day you can see as far as the fishing village of Ona. The weather conditions were fair and not too cloudy, so the views were pretty stunning. There is a coffee shop selling delicious local produce such as Norwegian cakes if the passengers were feeling a bit indulgent.

The passengers also visited Skaret for refreshments and shopping for souvenirs. This is located in a popular recreational area which is used for hiking and holiday makers. There are cabins with hotel facilities and huts built in old Norwegian building traditions in small yards. The café offers local food on the menu, and there are craft centres that sell local crafts and have their own farm food store. Skaret souvenirs have everything from candles, napkins and decorations for laying the table. There’s also a unique selection of local handicrafts like ceramics, jewellery, leather, textile, yarn, locally produced soap and locally made sweets. The area is an excellent starting point for those who want to experience nature, with hiking paths, lakes and surrounded by the most striking countryside.

The passengers seemed to thoroughly enjoy this tour and enthused about the stunning scenery and fabulous views on their return. Although this tour was completely different to yesterday’s tour, the weather did remain mostly clear so they could really appreciate the spectacular panorama and landscape that Molde has to offer its visitors.”

Cathy Ellis, Shorex Assistant

The spare part finally arrived onboard ship, a little later than expected with the plane having only landed at 17:30 local time. The engine room team soon had it installed and after a few tests to ensure everything was in order we were ready to leave, finally! Casting off lines the engines rumbled into action as we moved away from our berth at Molde.

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