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Alesund

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9th March, 2013

Alesund

With the sun shining and slightly warmer temperatures of 0 degrees centigrade to welcome us, we made our way to the mouth of the Storfjord, home to the port of Alesund.

Alesund is the site of Norway’s largest fishing harbor (mainly trawling for cod and halibut) and also acts as headquarters of the Arctic sealing fleet. This was very visible by the amounts of fishing boats moored along the waterways within the city. There are also many statues depicting sailors around the city which highlights fishing and its importance to the people of the More og Romsdal Fylke (county) of which Alesund is its capital.

Alesund

Alesund also looks very different to the distinctive Norwegian ports we have been used to this cruise and this is due to a fire which devastated the city in 1904, leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless. It was decided when re-building the city to use the style of architecture that was popular at the time. Therefore, instead of wood buildings, very popular here in Norway due to its properties to warm and keep warm more efficiently and quickly, most were built in stone with reflection to art nouveau design.

 

Alesund

Alesund also has strong ties with the Vikings, and the island of Giske connected to the mainland by a one of the worlds largest subsea tunnels and the area in which many of our passengers went out to explore on tour, is the birthplace of Viking King Rolo whom conquered Normandy in 911 and was an ancestor of William the Conqueror.

Another tour on offer was a trip to the remarkable Geiranger Fjord, via a harbor cruise through Storfjorden. This cruise (approximately 3 hours long) allowed our passengers to view the incredible Seven Sisters waterfalls as well as the dramatic landscape of Geiranger fjord very popular with cruise ships in the summer months.

Once our passengers were all safely aboard and with most of the snow now having melted off of the decks by the sun’s strong rays, we were ready to set sail out to sea to begin our passage back to Southampton and my port of disembarkation.

Captain Phillip Rentell will now take over the ship and blog as I sign off to begin my leave.

So, until next time take care.

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