12 January 2014

The Norwegian Cruise Diaries: Day Five | Personal

(Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four)

22nd May 2013:
We were up early at 6:30am and had breakfast in our room at 7:10am via the Room Service.
We met with our excursion group at 8am in the theatre. Today we were in Olden and we were off to the Briksdal Glacier!
We travelled there by coach and had one stop on the way to take some photos. And while we're on the subject of photos, please accept my apologies for some of the photos taken from the coach; it was very difficult to get decent ones while the coach was moving and while it was raining!
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Our guide was called Nono and he was Portuguese. He was very comical! He pointed out some tunnels that had been built after avalanches had fallen. He also told us the popular legend of the trolls in Norway. We also learned that the main farm animals in Norway are sheep and goats. Cattle don't thrive in Norway due to the low vegetation in Winter. Some areas of Norway now use Hydro Energy instead of electricity.
We arrived at Briksdal at around 9:15am and began our two hour hike.
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There was lots of great scenery and we passed a few waterfalls.
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After about an hour of walking in the pouring rain and having a few arguments (oops! I blame the weather...), we finally arrived at the amazing Briksdal Glacier; a huge expanse of ice. The colour of the water in Norway's lakes e.t.c. is amazing; like an icy, aqua-blue!
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There were also "troll cars" (like golf caddies, but bigger) available for people who didn't want to or couldn't complete the hike on foot.
As it had been raining throughout most of the hike, we were very wet and were happy to get indoors at the Mountain Lodge Café for a spot of coffee and cake!
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We then bought a few souvenirs from the gift shop. We left on the coach at around 12:15pm and got back to the port at 1pm.
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We looked around some shops in Olden and picked up a few more souvenirs, then we headed back to the ship so I could have a nice hot shower after all that rain!
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We had a late lunch in the Windjammer at around 3pm, then we made our 6:30pm reservation for dinner in the main dining room. We relaxed around the ship and later got ready for dinner. We were seated next to Bill and Cindy again which was nice. We chatted with them for ages!
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To start, Dean had seafood creviche, I had chilled mango & pineapple soup. For the main course, Dean had pork scallopini while I had conchiglioni spinach ricotta pasta. And for dessert, Dean had double layer chocolate praline and I had a warm molten chocolate sponge with ice-cream. It all tasted brilliant! We didn't leave the dining room till about 8:15pm!
We checked out the pop-up sale displays in the promenade and Dean picked up a wristwatch for his Dad's birthday which was originally $89 and on sale for just $19.99!
We went to watch the second part (oops, we missed the first show!) of the Once Upon A Time production in the theatre which was good fun.
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After the show we grabbed a yummy milkshake each from Ben & Jerry's, then we got into bed around 11pm.
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2 comments:

  1. Wow - I knew Norway was gorgeous but those photos - simply breath-taking! Brought back memories of a trip to Canada - especially the glacier shots. And looking lovely on the cruise ship too...fab dress. Ax

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  2. thejollyfashionista13 January 2014 at 11:19

    Thank you, Avril! It really was an amazing experience and we'd love to visit Norway again.xxx

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