Written by Koentje3000 on 24 Feb, 2010
Although Stavanger is mostly overlooked by tourists in Norway, rushing between the Norwegian capital Oslo and the fjord's gateway Bergen or hurrying upwards to Trondheim or the North Cape, it is definitely worth a visit. This friendly city is with its 120.000 inhabitants the 4th…Read More
Although Stavanger is mostly overlooked by tourists in Norway, rushing between the Norwegian capital Oslo and the fjord's gateway Bergen or hurrying upwards to Trondheim or the North Cape, it is definitely worth a visit. This friendly city is with its 120.000 inhabitants the 4th city in Norway. The town itself contains an old town ("Gamle Stavanger") with beautiful wooden houses, the informative oil museum, Norway's oldest cathedral and is located nicely on the large body of water called Boknafjord, although it is more of a bay then of a real fjord. Around Stavanger are several natural sights, including the famous pulpit rock (Prekestolen) on Lysefjord, the mainly inland Hafrsfjord or the numerous islets and island in Boknafjord.TransportationThere are several ways of coming to Stavanger. First of all the Sola Airport, the oldest in Norway, was already constructed in 1937 and was an important airport during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Several daily flights connect Stavanger with Bergen and Oslo, but there are also scheduled flights to airports all over Europe, like Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam. The airport is 12km south of the city and provides car rental, taxis and public buses.Currently there is only one international car ferry route to Stavanger, directly from Hirtshals (Denmark) on Fjord Line. The ferry continues to Bergen. The international port is near Tananger, around 15 km away to the west. Cruise ships still cast anchor on the terminal just next to the city centre. Nearby is the local car ferry port with connections across the Boknafjord.HistoryThe Boknafjord area has been inhabited for at least 5000 years, while permanent settlements came into existence around 1000 B.C. Several rival kingdoms dotted the area in the early Middle Ages, which lead to a great development in warfare equipment like fierce battle axes or superior longboats. The Stavanger land had little to offer in wealth or resources, so in order to finance their armies and increase their weaponry the kingdoms undertook long plundering raids to other areas in Scandinavia but also as far as England, France or even Italy. These fearsome men where locally known as explorers (Vikings in Old Norse) or Normans in the rest of Europe. One of these kings, Harald 'Fairhair' managed to unify the south of Norway into one kingdom under his reign, either by smart alliances or by waging and winning a war on his neighbours. Christianity also set foot in Norway in the 11th century and soon gained popularity. Stavanger's landmark cathedral was constructed during this period.The German Hanseatic League brought great prosperity to Norway, but mainly to the foreign upper class. Royal marriages meant that the country first came into Swedish hands but from the 14the century under Danish rule. The country went into a long decline, partly due to the decimation of the population by the Black Death, but also due to a growing Danisation of society and the continuing wars between Denmark, Sweden and Russia. Denmark sided with France during the Napoleonic Wars, leading to a semi-independent Norway in a union with Sweden. Full independence was reached in 1905. The economy, mainly the fishing and forestry industry boomed in Stavanger and other places until the Nazi occupation during WWII. After the war the economy picked up especially when oil was discovered in the ocean in front of Stavanger. The oil boom still means Norway is one of the wealthiest nations in the world with one of the best social, educational, etc. systems.Places to stayThe official Stavanger Region website contains an extensive list of accommodation in the Stavanger region. Being one of the most expensive countries in the world, it will come as no surprise that Stavanger's Mosvangen Camping, nicely situated on Mosvannet lake, attracts large crowds of tourists during summer season. Apart from places for camper or tent (around 100 Kroner or 10 euro) they also rent wooden houses for around 400 Kr. There is another camping in Sola near the airport.The city's youth hostel has dormitory beds for around 250Kr and different types of rooms. A few small B&Bs are available in or near the city centre. Excellent value is Tone's Bed& Breakfast where the nice French landlady offered us a double room with breakfast for 500Kr. The Thompson's B&B offers similar value. In the mid-price section, the Skansen Hotel is centrally located and has spacious double rooms for around 1200Kr or cheaper but smaller "guesthouse style" rooms. Top-end hotels are mainly the ones of national and international chains like Best Western, Radisson Blu or Rica Hotels, but expect to pay over 1500Kr (more than 150€). Close
Written by girlfromals on 08 Oct, 2006
The Ryfylke Islands, located north of Stavanger, are full of sites and attractions. There are so many places to visit you cannot possibly see all of the sites in 1 or 2 days. We wandered Mosterøy, Sokn, Bru and Åmøy by car simply following the…Read More
The Ryfylke Islands, located north of Stavanger, are full of sites and attractions. There are so many places to visit you cannot possibly see all of the sites in 1 or 2 days. We wandered Mosterøy, Sokn, Bru and Åmøy by car simply following the small roadways across the islands. Here are just a few examples of places you can visit in and around the Ryfylke Islands. To get to the Ryfylke Islands, take E39 north of Stavanger through the 5.8km long tunnel passing 223m under the sea, through the toll and across the bridge. Immediately after you cross the bridge you will notice a gas station and rest stop as well as the Ryfylke Islands Tourist Office. The Tourist Office is open from June 2 to August 27 with the following limited hours: Monday and Wednesday to Sat 12pm to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm; closed Tuesdays. For more information call 51 72 49 78.Vaula Viking HouseOn the way to Utstein Kloster you will pass by point of interest, the Vaula Viking House. Across the road from the information plaques lies one of Norway's best-preserved farm complexes from the Migration Period (A.D. 200-500). The complex consists of two farmsteads, both consisting of two farmhouses, a long house and a smaller building situated more or less at right angles. The smaller building may have been a workshop while the larger one served as the living quarters. Archaeologists have found many items here: jewelry, spinning wheels, flints, fishing equipment and whetstones. Next to the sea is a boathouse from the same period which was converted to a dwelling in the Viking Age.While there is not much to see except for the sheep that now roam the land, there are information plaques with a map and information on Vaula Viking House provided in Norwegian, English, and German. Fjøløy FyrNorway's history is intricately linked with the sea. There is no clearer illustration of this than the large number of lighthouses, or fyr, which dot the islands and mainland across Norway. There are a number of lighthouses that one can visit in the Stavanger area. One of those lighthouses is Fjøløy Fyr, situated on the island of Fjøløy only a couple of kilometres away from Utstein Kloster.
Fjøløy Fyr was built in 1849. Fjøløy is strategically placed between the channels leading to the Ryfylke Fjords and Stavanger. The kings and chieftans who rules these islands had full control of all traffic along the coast. Fjøløy provides an excellent lookout over ship movements in the area. The old lighthouse has been replaced by a modern marker lantern. The old keeper's cottage, however, remains intact.While you cannot enter the modern marker lantern, you can take in what is really the greatest attraction at this site, nature. The sharp cliffs and rocks make it clear why so many lighthouses were necessary. The site is surrounded by bleak farmland, sheep and the odd house still inhabited by local residents. The life of the lighthouse keeper must have been a very lonely existence indeed. The wind is incredible coming straight from the North Sea. If you are visiting outside the summer months definitely bring a jacket or sweater.To get to Fjøløy Fyr, drive north from Stavanger toward Utstein Kloster. Drive past the Utstein Kloster Hotel. Just before Utstein Kloster you will see a sign pointing the direction to Fjøløy. Turn right and drive to the end of the road. You will cross a number of cattle gates. There is parking at the end of the road.Tungenes FyrTungenes Fyr (Lighthouse) is actually located on the mainland north of Stavanger near Randaberg. Unlike Fjøløy Fyr, Tungenes has been restored to its 1930s appearance and serves as an art and cultural centre. It also houses a lighthouse museum as well as a fisheries and boat motor museum.Tungenes Fyr was built in 1828. It overlooks a busy shipping lane. Much of the traffic is dedicated to the petroleum industry. The Nazis found this particular spot to be of strategic importance building artillery installations along the coastline. The ruins of these artilleries are a constant reminder of the occupation and victory over the invaders. These ruins can be seen in the photo below.To get to Tungenes Fyr, take E39 north from Stavanger and follow the signs to road Fv480. Park your car in the parking lot along the water. Walk up the road to the lighthouse - cars are prohibited. You can walk back this same way or follow the shore back to the parking lot. Just beware the 'remnants' left behind by roaming sheep. The lighthouse is open 12-4 pm daily from July 1 to August 15 and on Sundays throughout the year. For more information call 51 41 41 00. Close
Written by samepenny on 15 Feb, 2001
Unlike her newer sister the Crystal Symphony, the Crystal Harmony does have a number of inside cabins (staterooms) that sell for several hundred dollars less per cruise than outside rooms on the same deck. As I have had both inside and outside rooms on…Read More
Unlike her newer sister the Crystal Symphony, the Crystal Harmony does have a number of inside cabins (staterooms) that sell for several hundred dollars less per cruise than outside rooms on the same deck. As I have had both inside and outside rooms on other ships, I can only offer that the difference is how you feel about having money in your pocket compared to having a window.
A local friend recently telephoned me with a long list of questions about how to book on Crystal Cruise Lines. I directed my computer to Crystal's WEB site which has prices, deck plans and other information. My caller does not 'believe in' using the Internet. (It might be easier to telephone me. He had already spoken with the folks at Crystal by telephone. I assumed that he was trying to save money; so I recommended an inside room. I also suggested that he consider booking a room that is listed as having an 'obstructed view'. He beat around the bush for a while. I thought perhaps the entire cruise was out of his price range as both he and his wife are teachers.
Excuse me. Boy was I wrong! He wanted to book a much more expensive room. One with an outside unobstructed view. Apparently I had come close to insulting him. There was no point in backpeddling as I had made a strong case for saving money.
With an inside room or one with an obstructed view you get the same basic size room for your catagory, degree of service, meals, entertainment and use of the rest of the ship. Why pay several hundred dollars per person per week more? Status? Who cares?
The lack of interest in inside rooms caused Crystal to eliminate this catagory of room totally when the newer Crystal Symphony was built. That space is now used for service areas, staff quarters, offices and such. It's a same really, as some of us really do enjoy getting more cruise for our money. It's makes enough of a difference that perhaps we can take an extra cruise once in a while. That means more to me than a window.
The exception to this rule for me is when the object of the cruise is scenery. We went for a room with a balcony on this trip to Norway as the scenery was incredible. With the Midnight Sun we often both fell asleep and woke up with incredible views of the fjords. One morning I woke up just as we were going under the Firth of Fourth Bridge in Scotland. What a treat! I ran out on to the balcony in my night dress. I'm sure an impressive sight.
But on the average cruise going to the average place, I prefer the least expensive room I can get. My opinion. Crystal Cruise Lines.
Written by girlfromals on 15 Oct, 2006
My journey to Stavanger began 14 years ago. How, you say, is that possible? To make a long story short, this crazy Canuck decided to leave her small Prairie town for the adventures of a high school exchange to Denmark. At the age of 18,…Read More
My journey to Stavanger began 14 years ago. How, you say, is that possible? To make a long story short, this crazy Canuck decided to leave her small Prairie town for the adventures of a high school exchange to Denmark. At the age of 18, she packed her bags and headed over to live with a Danish family for an entire year. She was placed with a family of 5: Gurli (mom), Arne (dad), and three, yes three boys - Anders (18), Thorsten (16) and Flemming (13). Considering I have only one younger sister, this was quite a change to say the least. I had always wanted a brother but as my mom said ‘Beware of what you wish for'! So, I ended up with 3 ‘big' little brothers as they are all well over 6 feet tall.Fast forward to 2006 and an invitation from Thorsten and his long-time Norwegian girlfriend, Elin, to attend their wedding in her home town of Stavanger. How could I say no? So, I packed my bags ready to explore a new country and to participate in a joyous wedding celebration.After a ridiculously long 26-hour day and a tour through Heathrow during the height of security restrictions, I arrived for my first visit to Norway. Thorsten picked me up at the airport and we went directly home. It was then that I met Elin for the first time. Elin and Thorsten were very gracious in welcoming me to their home and allowing me to stay with them during this hectic time. There was, however, one more family member I had yet to meet: 15-month old Fredrik, their little boy. Fredrik made his appearance (or should I say I made my appearance) when I got up after a couple hours of rest. What a little cutie he is! At this point my brain was suffering the effects of jetlag, dehydration thanks to the restrictions on liquids on board flights, and the shift to speaking Danish full-time. Mix in a little Norwegian and I was just primed for confusion. Luckily we were visited by Elin's friend Elisabeth and her Turkish husband Mert who met while studying in Australia. Yes! I could speak English and not feel guilty about it! We were too tired to think about making anything for supper so we ordered in pizza. Don't even ask how much it cost - it was ridiculous! After a few pieces of pizza and a couple glasses of red wine we turned in early as we knew things were going to get crazy the next day: the remainder of our family was arriving from Denmark.On Thursday morning, Anders and his wife (Mette), along with their daughter Karoline, and Mette's brother Tim and sister Anne arrived from Copenhagen. And just as with Elin, this was the very first time I met Mette and my little niece Karoline! So much happened since I last visited Denmark in 2003! In the afternoon, Elin and I drove to the greenhouse to pick up the roses for her bouquet and the decorations. She had chosen beautiful medium-sized white roses with greenery. Not long after we returned, my host parents Arne and Gurli along with my little brother Flemming arrived. Their car was packed to the roof with not an inch to spare bringing all sorts of supplies including several cases of wine with them. This was just the last of the wine to arrive from Denmark as the family had been stocking up for quite a few months taking advantage of the lower alcohol taxes in Denmark. Of course we had to take advantage of all that wine sitting around. It was just begging us to sample it. And we had a good excuse - this was the first time since 1993 that I and the entire family had been together. As you can see from the photo of Mette, Elin and me we all enjoyed the wine. After a few glasses all 12 of us headed to bed under the same roof! Yes, you read that right. It was a very, very full and noisy house. By this time my brain was suffering the full effects of switching over to Danish. My brain was tired and I just wanted some peace and quiet, a precious commodity in this house.My host mom got to work on the flower arrangements and bouquets on Friday. My host mother made arrangements for the church, the reception hall, the bridal car and, of course, the bridal bouquet. My very talented host mother made a beautiful bouquet of white roses, greenery, baby's breath and pearls. She also slipped in a little surprise placing 29 roses in the bouquet, one for each of Elin's 29 years. Following fine Danish tradition, my host mother also prepared greenery and flowers to hang around the door frame of Elin and Thorsten's front door. Such a wreath signals to all in the neighbourhood that this house is home to a great celebration! On a couple's 12 and ½ year anniversary, half of the door frame will be covered with such a wreath with the full wreath appearing again for their 25th anniversary. On each of these days, the couple's neighbours gather outside the front door in the morning to wish the couple a happy anniversary. I had yet to buy a wedding gift so Elin, Flemming, Tim and I drove downtown to do a little shopping. I picked up a lovely wedding gift on their wish list and Elin picked up a few last minute items. Anders and Thorsten had set off to hunt down crab legs for an extra treat that evening. Later that afternoon, Elin, her parents, and my host parents busied themselves decorating at the reception hall. By this time my brain was functioning in the slow lane as it was attempting to pump out coherent Danish and I needed a nap. When I got up from my much needed break, Marthe and Holger, neighbours and good friends of my host parents had arrived. Marthe definitely remembered me - most families don't take in Canadian girls for a year so I was the local celebrity. I had only met her once so I was at a bit of a loss as to who she was before I saw her again. That evening, my host mother's sister Lissy and her husband Kjeld arrived. I had not seen them in 13 years and it was such a joy to see them again! Other family members from both sides of the family had arrived by then requiring yet more alcohol. In Scandinavia it never stops! To go along with the ample supply of alcohol we had a buffet of smørrebrød, Danish open-faced sandwiches and those elusive crab legs my brothers hunted after that afternoon. By then my brain was refreshed and I was able to ramble on in Danish again. I then hit a big setback when I sat down beside Holger. See, Holger speaks Sønderjysk dialect. I don't. My host mother made sure of that forbidding all dialect in our house while I lived in Denmark. Needless to say, supper was a little uncomfortable. Once the guests cleared out of the house, you guessed it, more wine. I had a flashback to the first two weeks I lived with my host family - specially prepared evening snacks and some type of alcohol every night. I had never slept so well in my entire life! We ended the evening putting the final touches to the flower arrangements, ironing our dresses and shirts for the big day, and making a pile of things we needed the next day. Elin and Thorsten escaped the craziness staying over at a hotel the night before the big day. Close
Written by Gard on 19 May, 2003
Stavanger is located in the area Rogaland in the south-west coast of Norway. The people that live here are still debating whether we belong to the south of the country or if we can regard ourselves as true westeners. So far we have not been…Read More
Stavanger is located in the area Rogaland in the south-west coast of Norway. The people that live here are still debating whether we belong to the south of the country or if we can regard ourselves as true westeners. So far we have not been able to reach a conclusion :-) The history of the city is long…the cathedral in the middle of Stavanger (Domkirken) dates back to 1125 if I’m not mistaken. The cathedral today is one of the sights in Stavanger. No, it is not as BIG as Notre Dame or other cathedrals in the big European cities. It is a small intimate cathedral and the most unique thing is that it is bulit in both roman and gothic style. The reason for this is of course that the church was exposed to fire and it took quite a long time to finish the project. But today it is located in the middle of town and lots of people get married here every summer.
My wife is from South Africa and the first time she came to Norway she came in July. She was very surprised to find that Norway was green and warm. It has to be said that the summer she came here was an unusual warm summer. One of the great disadvantages of living in Stavanger is the unpredictable weather. It has been said that we can have 4 seasons in one day. Well, I don’t know about that….I can agree to 3 seasons in one day because we don’t have much of a winter here anyway. But when the weather is great in July and August that is when I love Stavanger the most. So what is there to see here. Well, first of all I would recommend a bit of trekking. There are two sites that are great: Kjerag and Prekestolen (Pulpit rock). Let’s start with Kjerag.
Kjerag is located on the edge of the Lysefjord. To get there you have to take a two-hour drive through Sirdalen/Hunnedalen and go towards Lysebotn. Once you get to the eagle’s nest you have to get out of the car and put on your hiking boots. The trail to Kjerag will take about 2 hours (depending on how fit you are :-) and the trail goes up and down, up and down. But in the end you reach a plateau and you walk along the Lysefjord and the view is GREAT on a nice summer day. Remember that even if you come here in the middle of summer this is 1000 meters above sea level and don’t be surprised if you have to walk through a bit of snow on your way. In the end you reach Kjerag. The best thing about Kjerag is Kjerag bolten. This is a big rock that has been wedged in the crack in the mountain. It is possible to walk out on the rock and from one angle it becomes one of the most spectacluar natural motives. But some choose to not walk out on the rock of course. It is pretty scary the first time because it is 1000 meters down to the fjord below. If you are lucky you might even see some BASE jumpers. Kjerag has become one of the most popular sites in the world for BASE jumping (skydiving) and it is breathtaking to see them jump of the mountain.
The other place I mentioned was Prekestolen. This is also located in Lysefjord but it is on the opposite side of Kjerag and it is only 600 meters above the fjord. But it is a easier walk compared to Kjerag and it offers the same great view.
If you don’t like walking at all you can take a boat into Lysefjord and see the mountains from below but I can promise you that you get a different perspective when you see it from the top :-)
If you come here in the summer and the weather is nice you can even take a swim here. Some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches are located just outside Stavanger. I prefer to go to the beach Hellestø but you can also go to Sola (closest to Stavanger), Ølberg, Vigdel, Bore and Orre. All these places offers long sandy beaches with clear and refreshing water. I say refreshing even if my wife claims that it is just another word for "very cold water". If you are lucky the water will reach about 20 degrees Celcius. But it is more realistic to say that you have 16-17 degrees. But it is sufficient (especially when the sun has heated you for some time).
There are some museums in Stavanger and I would like to say a few words about the Oil museum. I know that it sounds strange but Stavanger is the oil capital in Norway. The oil industy has meant a lot to the development of Stavanger and Norway in general and this is an industry that has been going on for about 40 years now. In this museum you can learn about the history of the oil exploration, how the oil is formed, how it is produced and what the life is like for an offshore worker here in Norway. I found it interesting but that might have something to do with the fact that I’m a petroleum engineer :-)
If you want to learn something about the Norwegian history you can check out the Stavanger archaeological museum. This can be combined with Jernaldergården (the iron age farm). This is a recontruction of a farm bulit in the iron age. If you go there it is worth bringing a guide so that he/she can talk you through it. This farm was rebuilt in the 70s based on findings that dates back to 300-500 AD. The place is located on Ullandhaug not far out of town.
Another place of interest is something called Flor og Fjære. This is more or less a botanical garden that is located on an island called Hidle (just outside Stavanger). In this pretty harsh environment you come to the "Garden of Eden" and I guess I can understand their slogan "a break from reality". Out on these small islands you don't see much plants and stuff but here you will find all sorts of plants that you don't normally see in Norway. The even have palm trees, pumpkins, chilis, a lemon tree and so on. And there is a tour and you can get excellent food.
Talking about food...if you stroll around in town on a nice summer day it is great to sit down on the stairs next to the town square and just relax and have a bag of shrimp to eat. And for dessert: strawberries of course :-) I love strawberries and I guess it is because the strawberry season is so short. Only for a few hectic weeks in the middle of summer can you get the sweet Norwegian strawberries and in this periode I get a bit carried away and I eat it all the time :-)
Well, I hope that this has encouraged some of you to stop by Stavanger. If you do come here please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you want more information about the area.
Written by samepenny on 05 Dec, 2000
The short answer is substantially 'yes'. I find that much Norweigan is not all that difficult to understand if you take your time at it. (Allowing that I grew up in an area of the United States which was settled by many people…Read More
The short answer is substantially 'yes'. I find that much Norweigan is not all that difficult to understand if you take your time at it. (Allowing that I grew up in an area of the United States which was settled by many people from Norway. Many of the parents and grandparents of my childhood friends were immigrants from Norway so my ears are used to the sounds of the language.) In many words if you replace a 'k' with an 'h', you have the English word, especially words having to do with the sea. Fisk in Norweigan is fish in England. Likewise skip = ship.
yah = yes
nay = no
morning = morgen (pronouced moh-ern)
So it goes. If you give the language half a chance, you will do just fine. My hubby said that I was 5 minutes off the ship and quit speaking English. Well, that's carrying a point too far. I'd been on a luxury cruise ship with Norweigan officers for almost 2 weeks, so my ears were quite comfortable listening to Norweigan. Once I got home, it did take me a couple of weeks before I quit saying 'yah' for 'yes'.... or did I?
Written by samepenny on 02 Dec, 2000
Stavanger has an international airport which has many flights due to the amount of people traveling for the oil industry. It is also a major stop on the Norweigan ferry system. It is on the railway and has very good bus connections on…Read More
Stavanger has an international airport which has many flights due to the amount of people traveling for the oil industry. It is also a major stop on the Norweigan ferry system. It is on the railway and has very good bus connections on the national road system. The driving isn't too bad if you want to rent a car. (just don't try to park it in Old Town!) Many local tours are very good. It would be a very good place to 'home base' for a while when touring Norway. Close
I have often been asked, when raving about the travels I've made, 'what is a fjord?' The answer is simple. A fjord is a body of water that comes off of an ocean or bay. It is requently surrounded by hills of…Read More
I have often been asked, when raving about the travels I've made, 'what is a fjord?' The answer is simple. A fjord is a body of water that comes off of an ocean or bay. It is requently surrounded by hills of high mountains. A fjord is not mainly the outflow of a river into the sea, although rivers may flow into it. A fjord gets its source of water from the ocean or bay.
Fjord occur in many countries on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Alaska has fjords as does Canada, Iceland, Scotland (called firths), Norway, Sweden and Greenland. It surprises many people to learn that the Hudson River in New York State is actually a fjord and is the southern most fjord in the Northern Hemisphere.
Called the Stavanger Card, sold mostly at hotels, post and tourist offices, it gives the visitor sizeable discounts. You can buy a 1, 2 or 3 days pass. When I was there a one day pass costed NKr110. Telephone 51/85-92-00. This is the…Read More
Called the Stavanger Card, sold mostly at hotels, post and tourist offices, it gives the visitor sizeable discounts. You can buy a 1, 2 or 3 days pass. When I was there a one day pass costed NKr110. Telephone 51/85-92-00. This is the biggest discount I have ever seen from a tourist discount card. Close
We departed Savanger at 4 pm and slowly followed the Tall Ships out to the starting line. The race, to start about 6 pm. Boats, boats, ships all about us. The Tall Ship Christian Radich exchanged formal greetings, gifts and flags with…Read More
We departed Savanger at 4 pm and slowly followed the Tall Ships out to the starting line. The race, to start about 6 pm. Boats, boats, ships all about us. The Tall Ship Christian Radich exchanged formal greetings, gifts and flags with the Crystal Harmony. Our Norweigian Captain, Captain Reidulf Maalen was honored in his home waters.
We waited, we waited! Ships all about and nothing much going on. We shouted greetings to other ships--very easy to do with sailing ships as they are so quiet.
The start hour came about 6 pm. A canon on a Norweigian naval ship fired the warning and then the start. Nothing much happened. There are penalties to the ships for crossing the start line early; so there is a huge advantage to take one's own time to do so. Finally, sails were put up all around us. Slowly, slowly ships began to move away. The smaller ones first, the largest ones last.
So many Tall Ships, line abreast. A genuine sight from the past. Mist began to settle in and we lost sight of the ships.
Fantastic, wonderful, incredible.