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21st August, 2017

Entering Nordfjord at 0400 we kept a good pace eastwards toward Olden. The weather had not been on our side overnight but being a tad late gave even more opportunity for my guests to take in the breath-taking views. After-all, Olden is the gateway to the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in mainland. Reasonable light manifested around 0415 and so we had a good 5 hours of scenic opportunities – indeed I saw some guests out on deck at 6am!

Our anchorage today was in a new location, an inlet just Northwest of Olden, with a new pier and facilities ashore. The maximum size of ship allowed is 200 meters, front to back. Saga Sapphire just fitted at 199.6 meters!

Despite the conditions being absolutely fantastic for tender operation, our second day of ‘still’ waters, I had the ship’s main engines at 10 minutes notice. It was just too tight not to be ready to heave anchor.

I had some great feedback from out guests, whether doing their ‘own thing’ or taking one of Saga’s superb excursions. It was truly a great day. Indeed both Flam and Olden were.

As we were a bit later in, I ‘sailed’ deliberately behind schedule to ensure everyone could enjoy their time ashore.

Sailing from Olden, I was reflecting on the wonder of the Norwegian Fjords, which after all is what this cruise is all about.

Tomorrow it’s Bergen. May the sun shine!

Captain Stuart Horne

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