Marching through Trondheim
This morning we dock at Trondheim, Norway's medieval capital, founded by the Viking King Olav in the year 997. The dock is 20 minutes walk from the city centre. After another hearty breakfast Richard and Dawn offer to escort guests into town. We walk through a commercial dock area, busy with activity - unloading goods from the nearby railway and loading containers onto ships. The roads and some pathways are clear but we're walking mainly on compact snow, so we're taking care. Boots and shoes with good grips are essential! We walk parallel to a row of old wharf buildings, some of which have been converted into flats or offices. Behind these pretty buildings is a canal, and if you walk halfway across the bridge over the water, you can see very picturesque reflections! A photographer's dream given the nice sunny weather.
At the end of the walk we arrive at the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's largest medieval church and a national shrine since the 11th century. The facade has many stone figures and a rose window. The modern visitor centre has nice guide books and souvenirs, toilets and a cafe! What more can you ask for?
From here, guests scatter in all directions and Richard begins to worry. Will everyone get back to the ship before we sail at 12 noon? Trondheim's city centre is partly pedestrianised and the shops are quite appealing - although somewhat expensive for UK visitors! Most of the statues and monuments in town seem to have colourful scarfs ties round them. We think it's a University or College rag week prank, but cannot work out how King Olav has a scarf around his neck - since he is on a VERY high column in the centre of the main square. Someone has a head for heights. Thankfully everyone is back on board for the ship departure at 12 noon. Just! To celebrate, we head for lunch - yes, yet more food!
This afternoon we're sailing towards Rorvik, through some stunningly beautiful coastal scenery - mainland to the starboard side, and tiny islands to the port side. There is plenty of snow on the ground, but the skies are blue and clear, and the sun is shining. That's all good news for seeing the Northern Lights!