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16th March, 2013


Snowy mountains around Aandalsnes

The snow showers had cleared and it was a beautiful dawn that greeted us as we headed up the Romsdalfjorden towards Aandalsnes. The sky was a mottled blue and white as the sun rose over the snow clad mountains.

In places the wind funnelled down the valleys causing the still waters to become a mass of tiny white caps. Fortunately, as we rounded the final corner the wind died away and we gently came alongside the old NATO pier. With a shallow patch at its head and some sixty metres shorter than the ship, it was not a moment to make energetic movements with the main engines.

The snow from the previous night was piled up between the fenders, so much so that I thought our Nepalese Security Officer was going to disappear inside a minor drift as he positioned the four
deck gangway.

Across on terra firma the small town nestled below the dramatic mountainous scenery with white buildings looking rather snug with their snow covered roofs. Our tour train silently waited in the adjacent station.

On the bridge wing it had been around minus four as we docked, but there was only a minor degree of wind chill. Even so passengers were advised to dress ‘appropriately’. It was not long before the red jackets were on the move, carefully making their way down the jetty to the main gate in a type of penguin style waddle, which presumably ensured a greater degree of stability.

The snowy landscape of Aandalsnes

By lunchtime the thermometer had climbed to zero, but the cloud had cleared and the sun soon gave us a balmy five degrees or so. Passengers who had gone ashore dressed in a mix of thermals, fleeces, woolly hats and thick jackets were overheating so it was an interesting mix of ‘undress’ as they came back on board.

In town there were few locals walking around or hopping into their cars for the short ride to a shops and then back home again. The streets were inhabited only by red jackets, like some alien invasion that had popped down for a few hours and disappeared with the coming of the night.

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