This week I have had the most fun reliving our short fjord journey as I went through my photos and edited the videos. I’d thought to have a complete “sail trip” post today, but decided it really needs to be broken up even more to avoid a ridiculously long post that would be difficult for anyone to follow. So, today’s photos and short video are about leaving the Bergen Harbor and entering Byfjorden: the beginning of our trip south on the inner fjord waters around Bergen.
As she began to move, I walked from starboard to port and back again, setting my camera on the rail, snapping and recording, capturing the experience of this large ship backing slowly out of her berth and turning about 220 degrees to face the mouth of the harbor and begin the journey. It was so gentle and slow, I had a hard time believing we were moving; of course that makes sense, as there can’t be any heavy waves or wake in a harbor, but the reality was even more quietly intense than I’d expected. The underwater propellers made interesting patterns on the surface of the water (which I was able to capture in the video).
I remember looking at the people standing and watching us, thinking what it must be like for them to see this large ship back and gracefully turn. Perhaps they were a little envious of those of us on board?
After turning, I took one final shot towards Bryggen, with the Fløibanen tracks rising up Fløyen, and Ulriken’s tower barely visible past the rigging.
We began to move forward towards Bergenhus Fortress.
Another Tall Ship, the Oosterschelde schooner out of Rotterdam, was in port. (Her history is interesting; originally built in 1918, she’s flown many flags, transported several different types of cargo, been completely restored to her original state, and made two around-the-world journeys with the last one ending this past May.)
Staying on the starboard side, I took a few photos of Bergenhus Fortress. First Rosenkrantz Tower had her side portrait captured.
Then is was Haakon’s Hall’s turn for its photo op.
All together now!
Moving over to the port side, I snapped a few images as we approached Nordnesparken at the mouth of the Harbor, and saw the spot where I’d stood during the Tall Ships Races 2014 Parade of Sails.
And then we were in Byfjorden and picking up speed as we headed towards the bridge to Askøy and beyond.
Jan and I went below deck for the shrimp and herring meal. We sat with a couple from Germany, and between their English and Jan’s German, we enjoyed getting to know them and a little of their travels (they come to Norway every summer) while sailing through Byfjorden.
Please join us as we begin our trip; here are few highlights!
After eating I went back up on deck. The huge cruise liner that had been in port had just passed us. She’d left her berth near the mouth of the harbor (seen in the video) after we had traveled by, but moved a bit faster. We’d traveled under one bridge and were headed for another. And my camera was out to capture it all! Tomorrow I’ll share an overview of my impressions of “motoring” through the fjord — and next weekend, a few specific moments. I hope you’ll accompany me through my words and images! 🙂