I hope you’ve been enjoying my Statsraad Lehmkuhl trip so far; I’ve enjoyed reliving the moments! Today I’d like to share the experience of sailing … but since we were on the inner fjords in the Bergen area and no sails could be raised, that should probably read “motoring”!
Are you familiar with Godfrey Marks’ children’s song of 1880 about sailing on the ocean?
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main
Where many a stormy wind shall blow
‘Ere Jack comes home again.
It ran through my head a couple times as we were enjoying our trip. But it’s not an exact description of our experience. The sails weren’t up, the wind wasn’t stormy, and we weren’t out on the bounding main/open seas. So, should it be this refrain instead?
Smoothly motoring over the inland fjord
Where many a wind-swept raindrop fell
and hit-my-Uggs on-the deck-boards.
(Now that you see my true poetic talents, I hope you won’t unfollow me. )
There have been a couple comments on my previous posts that it looked cold and choppy. Yes, the wind sounds loud in my videos; depending on the side of the ship I was on, especially when facing the Norwegian Sea, it was windy and the waters show that disturbance. But on a ship the size of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, it was such a smooth trip! We were very comfortable. We know this part of the world; we dressed in layers (and brought hats, gloves, and scarves in a backpack, but didn’t need them), and relished every moment of fresh air, wind, sunshine, clouds, and rain.
And there was always that tarp/canvas to sit under if it got too rainy, and the warmth and coziness of below deck — with food and drink — beckoned.
But I didn’t take advantage of those comforts for very long. I wanted to be OUT in the elements to experience everything!
After leaving the Bergen Harbor, we turned south and traveled next to Askøy, passing under the Askøy bridge while I was downstairs eating and socializing. The video of this part of the journey begins as I came up on deck just in time to see the cruise ship after it had passed us; it turned north while we turned south to travel past Litlesotra, under the Sotra bridge, and continue south between Sotra and Bjorøyna. Just south of Bjorøyna was the half-way point of our journey, and we slowly turned to begin the trip back to Bergen.
Here’s a map of the journey so far; do you see Lysekloster in the lower right of that image? So close, yet so far away from home!
Before the short video, here’s a gallery of a few of my favorite images from this first half of the trip. We were sitting on the stern, looking through the side rigging or up towards the sky, enjoying the views of the islands we were passing, the changing shapes of the familiar mountains rising in the distance, and the interplay of sun, white clouds, and rain clouds overhead and off in the distance.
And my video; it includes the cruise ship as she turned north, the bells ringing on the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, the peace of the journey on one side of the ship and the intensity of the wind on the other, and the rain clouds visible as we turned at the half way point of the trip.
Want a sneak peak of what we saw as we were turning?
Perfect skies for a trip of this type!
Next weekend it’s the rest of the journey, including my favorite part of the trip: standing (almost) alone on the bow!