Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Day 7 with Fred Olsen to Norway

Our man Steve Newman continues his classic Norwegian cruise journey with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines...

Well, the clear blue skies of the last two days are no longer with us. Showery today, but it didn’t detract at all from another marvellous day. Docking at Stavanger we had breakfast followed by a short walk to board the fast boat that was to take us on a tour of the archipelago around Stavanger and the beautiful Lysefjord.

The fjord has a cliff wall  rising some 300ft out of the waters, which we followed for  two miles, pausing directly under a fascinating waterfall that soaked us even more than the rain had managed to do  so far. Wild goats came down to look at us and we stopped at a cabin to consume hot coffee plus waffles, cream and strawberry jam.
After lunch on the ship, we explored old Stavanger with its white boarded houses, fantastic gardens and cobbled streets. Extremely quaint and dating from the 17th-19th centuries, they are still lived in today and made for a fascinating tour before we returned to the ship to sail at 4.30pm for Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Oh, and the sun is back!

More tomorrow...
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