Tromso to Dublin

 

 

Day 1 - August 19, 2012 - Tromso, Norway – embarkation day  

Tromso again – hard to believe it has been 19 days since we were here last, but it has been, and we are saying hello to about 100 new guests who are joining us for this cruise south to Dublin. 


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Day 2 - August 20, 2012 - Leknes, Lofoten, Norway 

The last stop of the tour was at Nusfjord, a picturesque fishing village from the beginning of the 20th century – now an open-air museum.  


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Day 3 - August 21, 2012 - Torghatten, Norway 

According to legend the hole was made by the troll Hestmannen while he was chasing the beautiful girl Lekamoya.  


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Day 4 - August 22, 2012 - Island of Runde, Norway 

The afternoon was filled with a great Zodiac cruise in the sheltered waters in the lee of Runde Island.  


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Day 5 - August 23, 2012 - Ålesund, Norway 

Waking up alongside in Ålesund, I looked forward to our day in this picturesque shipping town known for its Art Nouveau Architecture.  


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Day 6 - August 24, 2012 - Bergen, Norway

After the visit of the museum we walked along what was once the old wharf of Bergen along the so-called Bryggen. The Bryygen are the old warehouses of the Hanseatic League and served as a trading base for the Stockfish, the most important commodity in that time.


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Day 7 - August 25, 2012 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

We passed the rural townships of Fladdabister and continued down the west coast and passed St Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th century was found in 1958. 


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Day 8 - August 26, 2012 - Fair Isle, Shetlands  

Fields with hundreds of sheep spread out in front of us, luring some of us to go ‘off-road’ and explore for ourselves.  


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Day 9 - August 27, 2012 - Invergordon, Scotland 

Urquhart Castle is mostly the ruins of what was once an impressive and beautifully situated castle dating back to at least the early 13th century.  


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Day 10 - August 28, 2012 - Stromness, Orkney Islands 

Elsewhere, a foray to the magnificent ring of standing stones known as the Ring of Brodgar provided an insight into the ritual aspects of Prehistory within the World Heritage complex. 


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Day 11 - August 29, 2012 - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

After having seen this interesting archaeological site, the coaches drove north to the Black House of Arnol - a fully furnished island croft (small farm) complete with attached byre and stockyard.


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Day 12 - August 30, 2012 - Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland 

The Dunvegan Castle is seat to the Clan MacLeod and is the only castle to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period of eight centuries.


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Day 13 - August 31, 2012 - Staffa & Iona, Scotland  

This large sea-cave is a very famous geological feature, and it is in fact what inspired Felix Mendelssohn to compose the famous “Die Hebriden” (Hebrides Overture).  


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Day 14 - September 1, 2012 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Our main goal on this tour was to make a visit to the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a geological wonder with over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, and the result of intense volcanic and geological activity.  


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