We didn’t have an excursion today, we were going to take it easy. So we walked our legs off being tourists. We caught a shuttle into town, it dropped us off in the very trendy Nyhaven district. That proved to be much too crowded, and rather tourist trap-y, so we wandered off in the other direction for our main objective.
What we were really interested in was Døp, which is a pølse stand (pølse is a Danish hotdog). It was very tasty. They have a stand over by the Rundetaarn, which we’d already seen. After that, we were at a loose end, and it was raining, so we looked for a museum. We decided on the Rosenberg Slot, more on that later (it has the Danish crown jewels).
Yesterday was the fifth and last sea day of the voyage. It was much the same as the other sea days, with the addition of the art show. We regained our record at trivia, and again didn’t win by 1 question. That makes 4 out of the 5 trivia contests we missed out by one question.
This time, I didn’t remember the official language of Greenland was also called “Greenlandic”, I couldn’t remember “Kalaallisut”, the main Inuit dialect, so we went with Danish, which isn’t the right answer.
I woke up around (local) midnight, around 2am, and there was no light leaking into the cabin. I wondered what awful weather we were having, until I peeked outside and realised it was night, and dark. The above picture was taken around then, the camera decided not to make the pic any lighter. You can see a slight light in the sky. If you reprocess the RAW picture, you can see there is some illumination, like this one:
The obligatory shots of leaving Bergen. The ship also took an unexpected route, traveling north to get to the North Sea, rather than the way south to Stavanger like the ferry we took to Bergen once did.
I again set the camera up on automatic, and it got some sunset, midnight and sunrise shots. Then we awoke to a very bright sun streaming into our room.
Night falling is not usually remarkable, until you haven’t seen it for 10 days. My app had predicted that today would be the first day we saw anything which looked like night, and it was right. We passed out of civil twilight (technically into nautical twilight when the sky is still not dark), so you’d need street lights to be able to see.
The above pic was taken at local midnight, the ship’s light and the street light is the brightest light there is. The place is not marked on Google maps, so I’m not sure where it is. (61° 3′ 13.62″, 4° 58′ 32.04″ looking southish.) This is still north of where we were in Shetland, but by the morning we got to Bergen and latitudes we had covered in Shetland.
Here are also some views of the journey to Bergen.
At breakfast, we were surprised to see this unusual looking boat sail by. It’s called “The Future of the Fjords”. On looking it up, we find it’s a boat of the “The Fjords” line, and it’s all electric. It operates out of Flåm and other nearby villages.
At Flåm they advertise it sails to Naeroyfjord, if we’d known, we’d probably have tried to get on one of those trips.
The unusual design is supposed to represent the switchback mountain roads you get in these parts.