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10th July, 2017

We entered the beautiful Nordfjord at 0300 this morning and then had 70 miles to run to our berth at Olden. With sunrise 30 mins later the whole transit was essentially in daylight.

From 0630 Guests were already on deck to watch our sail in through the fjords with stunning mountain views and cascading waterfalls. We made our approach to the berth around 0730 and by 8 o’clock we were all fast and gangways ready.

The early morning weather was cloudy but dry and forecasts were showing a pleasant day ahead. Olden is a great base for various excursions and soon our passengers were able to join one of them.

Most guests opted to explore the awesome natural wonders of the area on the “Lakes and Mountains” tour during where they could walk to the breath-taking Kjenndalen Glacier.

For our more active guests, the “Briksdal Glacier Hike“ to the foot of the Briksdal Glacier was the preferred option. A magnificent cascade of ice which hangs above the ice floes and the emerald blue waters of the glacier lake provide an unforgettable experience with numerous photographic opportunities.

Those guests not taking part in the tour programme this morning could explore the local area on their own getting on the local hop on/hop off bus or by simply walking around the town.

We had our emergency drills in the morning and simulated a fire in our main laundry. Safety is our No1 priority and we take our drills very seriously making sure we get the most out of the time.

At 1300 I met with our Executive Chef Gavin, my cabin Steward Dio and two of our 3rd Officers for a cycling trip along the edge of the fjord. What a fantastic ride it was as we headed towards Loen where there is a brand new cable car only opened in 2016. Some of our tour Guests went there as part of their tour and apparently it had the most spectacular views.

After Loen we headed to Lovatnet Lake where we stopped for a coffee and ice cream and loads of photos, including the hanging glacier.

With everyone on board by 1700 Captain Horne manouvered off the berth and started to re-trace our tracks from this morning. It was a beautiful evening with constant sunshine so prefect for viewing the steep sided fjords for the next 4-5 hours.

Captain Julian Burgess

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