Stavanger

Added 03 May 2015

At 11pm last night ship time moved forward one hour to match local time in Norway so as far as our body-clocks are concerned breakfast starts early today. Not many guests are prompt.

At 9.30am Olav Orheim gave an interesting presentation about Norway’s oil industry. By mid-morning we begin to spot the skerries and first signs of the mainland. We arrive in Stavanger on time and dock in the inner harbour. The sun is shining and we’re bang in the middle of the city so it is easy to explore. Most of us head off to visit Stavanger’s award-winning oil museum. There are exhibits to view, exhibits to pull, exhibits to push and even exhibits to get in. You can try on a survival suit as worn by oil workers when they transfer by helicopter to their oil rig. And the local university has built a single seat racing car to research fuel usage. The car stands still and you follow a race track on the TV screen in front of you. Richard has a go and manages a lap. When Dawn gets in the car pedals slide away and she ends up horizontal trying to reach the controls. She can’t see the TV screen and manages to hit the barriers!

After the museum visit we scatter in all directions, some of us visiting the old quarter of town, others taking a stroll around the lake. We are all aboard by 6pm as FRAM leaves town and begins sailing towards Lysefjord. We arrive to the narrower parts of the fjord towards mid-evening and we are looking for a famous rock formation called Preikestolen or “the pulpit rock”. It is a large section of the cliff-face at an angle and has a flat top. If you are at the top of the mountain you can walk onto the top - if you have a head for heights! The view from the top down into the fjord must be magnificent. All 604 metres down! However it has to be said that the view from the bottom up is less than spectacular. In fact it is challenging to find the correct rock to start with. We find it and try to be impressed. A few people even take photographs.

This is clearly too much excitement for one day, and many guests retire early to bed.