Back to Trondheim and Kristiansunde

Our journey south takes in the same towns we visited on the way north at different times of the day. This time we visited Trondheim in the morning and though the wind was icy, the sun shone and we took advantage of the two and half hour stop to take another walk in the town. 

As we depart Trondheim we sail past Monk Island. Now a holiday island with a beach frequented by the locals in the summer months, it is a former place of execution and home to a Benecdictine monastery. 
After lunch we stop at Kristiansunde – and the sun comes out. The fjords are mystical in the sleet and mist, in the sun they are magical. 
Tomorrow is our last day. We must pack our bags, then we will sail through the tight waters of the 
Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. On our journey north we sailed this passage of thousands of islands at night.
It has been an amazing trip, we feel we have only just started to learn about the Norwegian fjords, I am sure we will return.

Trondheim to Rorvik, Day 3

The day greeted us with heavy rain… we were not to know how cold it was until we headed off into the city of Trondheim. The boat had docked early in the morning while we were asleep and would be there for 3 hours. Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city with a population of over 175,000 – and also one of the most significant in Viking history having been founded in 997 by King Olav Trigvasson. 

We set out to walk into the city centre – about 20 minutes away. This is not a walk for the faint hearted in driving icy rain, but we made our way to the old part of town, the maritime museum and the famous Nidaros Cathedral which is built over the grave of Olav, who has become a saint!
Back at the Kong Harald we were glad of a bowl of warming tomato and noodle soup and a hot lunch. We were not able to take photos of Trondheim in the driving rain… so here is one from the tourist board of what it would have looked in the sunshine.
The afternoon was spent on board as we cruised down the fiords. At around 4.00 pm we began crossing Folda, a stretch of open sea, which was very beautiful in the sunshine. Then we took a shortcut through the Afjord-Stokkoy channels, as the wind had dropped. These are small channels through the islands which made it easy to watch for bird life close at hand as we cruised close to the hard brown rock walls, and the little hamlets along the water’s edge. Our last stop of the day was a quick unload of goods at Rorvik.