''In the Footsteps of the Vikings'' Voyage 7111 Day 10
Day 10 - June 3, 2011 - Lerwick, Shetland
By Gordon Corrigan, Military Historian
Co-ordinates at 1200 hrs: 60, 9, 17 N; 1, 08, 27 W
Weather at 1200 hrs: Clear, sunny.
Air Temperature at 1200 hrs: 16.5 C
Pressure at 1200 hrs: 1029 HPa
Wind at 1200 hrs: 38 kph
The Silver Explorer docked alongside in the port of Lerwick, Shetland, at 0530 hrs, and after a magnificent breakfast most guests elected to join a morning tour of the island, which allowed us to walk around the settlement at Jarlshof, with its various stages of occupation from Neolithic to medieval times, and including a broch/breoch. On the way we were able to admire the flora and fauna of the island, including various flowers, Shetland sheep, rabbits and several seals.
After returning to the ship for lunch (the bangers and mash were particularly good) we sailed away from port and took station to the north of the Island of Noss, from where we embarked in Zodiacs for a tour of the spectacular bird colonies resident on the cliffs. We were privileged to observe Gannets, Guillemots, Fulmars, Shags, Great Skuas and Razorbills.
Having returned to our home, the Silver Explorer sailed for Bergen and evening recapitulation included a brief on the different types of seals that we had seen and might still see, after which guests enjoyed another culinary triumph before whiling the night away to the music of Alfredo over post prandial drinks in the Panorama Lounge.
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