This morning we wake up in Trondheim and as we look outside the snow is falling. Some guests are joining organised excursions and others decide to follow Dawn and Richard into town. The ship docks some way from the town centre so our slow walk from the quayside to the Nidaros Cathedral takes a good 30 minutes in the snow. On route we pass some of the old Bryggen warehouses that are built on wooden pillars over the water. Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav in 997. It developed into Norway's religious centre and the Nidaros Cathedral is now if great national and cultural importance. Some of us visit the cathedral while others enjoy window shopping or have a coffee in one of the town's many coffee bars. Dawn spots a nice winter jacket in a sports outfitters. Richard walks off when he discovers the cost!
The ship sails from Trondheim at 12 noon and thankfully all Furlongs guests are on board! We sail past the small Munkholmen island, originally a monastery, subsequently a 17th fort, and now a popular leisure destination in the summer. Nobody there today. Heading for Rorvik we pass the pretty red lighthouse at Kjeungskjaer which sits on a tiny remote rock. Apparently you can rent the lighthouse for private weddings and parties. Perhaps the destination for a new Furlongs holiday!?
Early evening we cross an open stretch of sea called the Folda, and everyone seems pleased we've avoided this by choosing the 2nd sitting for dinner!
Tomorrow morning we'll cross the Arctic Circle and there's a competition to guess the exact time we'll cross it. A clue? Sometime between 6.30am and 8am. All will be revealed tomorrow!