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25th May, 2018


Another stunning morning awakened us as we entered Hardangerfjord at 0500. This fjord is about 50 miles south of Bergen and has a deep history that goes far beyond the Vikings. In fact it goes back to the time of the hunters on the surrounding mountains, and later on farming along the fertile lands which today is considered the “fruit orchard of Norway”. The fjord also has great conditions for fish farming which produce more than 40,000 tons of salmon and rainbow trout, making Hardangerfjord one of the four major fish farming regions in the world.

I was on the Bridge at 0530 having given the Staff Captain the pleasure of being on duty for 0445!! The scenery was already breath taking as we weaved our way into the stunning fjord. The previous evening we had another “brain-storming” session with our new Norwegian pilots to see what Magic Moments would could create. Well here goes to try and describe one of the finest days I have ever spent in Norway.

At 0800 we made a shallow approach to Furebergfossen (waterfall) and I gave the con to Hugo our 2nd Officer to have a “play”. He swung the bow to port and lined up the stern so the guests having their alfresco breakfast on the Verandah would have a spectacular view some 200 meters away and with some Grieg playing in the background – a true Magic Moment. Hugo held position perfectly for 40 minutes and then we headed up to the head of Maurangerfjord and carried out a gentle 180 swing with views of the Bondhus Glacier.

From here we returned to Hardangerfjord and continued to cruise North Eastwards in the most perfect conditions with bountiful sunshine and gentle zephyrs. At 1530 we got to the head of Sorfjorden and swung off the small town of Odda which was created as a result of building a hydro-electric plant. One of our Norwegian pilots grew up here so he was very excited to see his birthplace again – you could gauge his excitement with the way he sounded the ship’s whistle!! Of course he did ask me first. The following day we made the local news with a great photo of us.

Once the swing was over we then headed back out of Sorfjorden and towards Rosendal. It was too deep to anchor so the Staff Captain found a great spot on the chart about 10 miles away. We dropped the “pick” at 2030 and took the opportunity to have a BBQ for all the Officers, Shop, Photo and Spa staff. It was great to wear some shorts and a t-shirt and spend quality time with some of my team – happy days!!

I’ve got more great photos to share with you today.

Captain Julian Burgess

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