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9th July, 2016


The run up from Stavanger meant a few pilot changes at unsociable hours, but we had a superb morning yesterday venturing into Sognefjord and then up through the more open fjords as far as Floro, sailing then back out into the Norwegian Sea. A slight south westerly wind along with a relatively slow speed meant passengers could enjoy the changing scenery from the top decks without having to hold onto their hats, the sunny clear conditions showing Norway at its best.

Just before midnight another pilot joined off Kristiansund to guide us to Trondheim, 92 miles away. Eventually, as breakfast approached, he brought us ‘round the corner’ where our berth became evident in the distance, well at least the large glass fronted public swimming pool that is adjacent.

Passengers either took the shuttle bus into town, or went off on tour. Those of us that are on board in a professional capacity braced ourselves for that weekly necessity, the ‘Crew Drill’. Having recently returned on board I was keen to witness the performance, and make some observations after, so it was midday by the time life returned to normal.

Opting to take a brisk walk into town, first crossing the nearby railway, I headed up towards the Nidaros Cathedral, a magnificent structure where work began in 1070. It is, apparently, the largest of its kind in all Scandinavia and has been a place of pilgrimage as it marks the burial site of the patron saint of Norway, Saint Olav. A slight diversion brought me to the old city bridge, red painted and looking down stream towards warehouse originally used in the trading days.

The day was sunny and quite warm, a bonus one might say, and when returning on board I was amused to notice that some of the passengers seemed to be more interested in what was happening inside the swimming pool than taking in the Norwegian scenery. We left on schedule, the keen on shore breeze that had sprung up in the afternoon making the manoeuvre ‘interesting’. The Lofoten Islands beckon.

Captain Philip Rentell

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