Day 5 – April 18th 2015
This blog details the next day in our Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage in April 2015 on MS Finnmarken and follows on from my earlier blogs. We had left Rorvik the previous evening and sailed through the night to Trondheim.
We arrived into Trondheim early in the morning and behind us on the dock was MS Midnatsol.
And here are the two ships together on the dock at Trondheim.
Here is a view of Monks Island from the Hurtigruten dock as we walked into Trondheim.
We had over 3.5 hours in Trondheim to explore. A lot of passengers were leaving the ship here but for us it was a chance to stretch our legs and explore. We were there so early that not many shops were open and Trondheim was relatively quiet.We walked into the city centre past the railway station and by Sondre Gate over Vestre Kanalhavn. Our objective was to have a look at the Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybrua) but it was unfortunately it was under repair. Perhaps if we had been walking past later in the day, I’d have stopped to visit the Rockheim which celebrates Norway’s rock and pop heritage. Here are some photos of way to the bridge and back again.
As we sailed out of Trondheim we past close to Monks Island
Later in the morning we attended a short briefing about leaving the ship in Bergen and our various transfers. We were entertained with stories about both Hurtigruten and Norway. We were intrigued about the fairy story told in the past by some Norwegian parents that when the Northern Lights descended any children out in the open could be carried away into the sky. Plus it seems that growing up with the Northern Lights can make you oblivious to them and it was only by seeing the excitement of visitors at seeing the Lights did Martin (the Hurtigruten rep) realise just how special they were!
Back on deck as we sailed away from Trondheim the coast was less rugged. Click on any picture for a look at some of the views.
The ship had started to blow its whistle and I looked up and saw someone jumping up and down as the ship sailed by. I was told later that this lady was a relation of one of the bridge officers.
After one of the longest periods of time during the day not stopping at a port we approached Kristiansund.
Our stay at Kristiansund was brief but long enough to pick up some passengers.