Voyage 7120

Viking Routes & Fall Colours

 

 

Day 1 - September 3, 2011 - Reykjavik, Iceland 

My colleagues and I were out together with the guests on the open deck enjoying the sunny afternoon as we sailed away from Iceland.  


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Day 2 - September 4, 2011 - At Sea 

Dressed in their best, guests began to arrive and to enjoy canapés and cocktails before Captain Golubev gave his welcome speech and introduced his senior officers. 


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Day 3 - September 5, 2011 - Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland  

We sailed into this steep, long fjord. And on both sides there were quite some glaciers, some of them even reaching the waterline. At about 09:30, we reached the Thrym Glacier. 


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Day 4 - September 6, 2011 - Prins Christian Sund & Augpilagtoq, Greenland  

Just before 9 am we came close to the Sermet Glacier, which is the southernmost reach of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet. Captain Golubev skillfully maneuvered the vessel inside this small fjord so we could all get good views of the glacier.  


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Day 5 - September 7, 2011 - Qaqortoq and Hvalsey, Greenland 

Although it seems small by our standards, for Greenland this is a large city! From the ship we had great views of the town and its brightly coloured houses that covered the mountain slopes. 


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Day 6 - September 8, 2011 - Brattahlid and Itteleq, Southern Greenland 

The views were great with meadows, gentle hills, hayfields, and more dramatic mountains in the background. 


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Day 7 - September 9, 2011 - At sea 

My day ended with a 7:00 pm welcome cocktail party for first-time guests of Silversea hosted by the Captain in The Observation Lounge. Daniil introduced the company, the owner, and the Venetian Club while we sipped on champagne and nibbled on appetizers. 


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Day 8 - September 10, 2011 - At sea 

After the beautiful days in Greenland, the Silver Explorer was on her way to our next stop: St. Anthony in Newfoundland, Canada. Overcast weather and a little bit bumpy sea were the factors that characterized our day at sea. 


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Day 9 - September 11, 2011 - St. Anthony 

After that it was a short trip to another reconstruction, the Viking Norstead Village. 


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Day 10 - September 12, 2011 - At sea, Canada  

During the night, the sea became far rougher than expected, and the Captain and his officers on the Bridge had to reduce the speed of the Silver Explorer.  


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Day 11 - September 13, 2011 - Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada 

Today we had a half-day visit to the tablelands. The weather could not have been any better, with sunny and blue skies and a very agreeable temperature.  


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Day 12 - September 14, 2011 - Magdalen Islands, Quebec Province, Canada 

Our next stop was at the Dune de Sud beach (or South Dune Beach), which stretches for over 22 km. 


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Day 13 - September 15, 2011 - Bonaventure Island, Quebec, Canada

Is was truly an amazing sight, watching the gannets come and go, rejoining their mates as they return from the sea, the bonding rituals of fencing beaks and mutual preening, the sky pointing, how they regurgitate and feed their chicks, and the fierce fights as one bird walks through a neighbour’s territory.  


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Day 14 - September 16, 2011 - Havre St. Pierre, Canada

Here, the highlight of our visit was the majestic limestone monoliths. Carved over millions of years these natural sculptures shapes set your imagination free to envision what you will.


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Day 15 - September 17, 2011 - At sea

In the evening our guests enjoyed a delicious dinner in The Restaurant looking out on the clam and beautiful St. Lawrence River as we made our way towards Quebec.


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Day 16 - September 18, 2011 - Quebec City, Canada

Taking the time to climb the well-built paths and staircases, we snapped away as the water cascaded over the limestone cliffs, eventually meeting the waters of the St. Lawrence River.


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Day 17 - September 19, 2011 - Montreal, Canada

In the morning we arrived in Montreal, our last port of this voyage. But it was still too early to think about saying “goodbye” to our guests.


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