Sunday, May 7—Viking Homeland Cruise, Day 2, Bergen, Norway

Suffering from jet lag, we awoke too early—about 4 AM local time—but discovered our luggage outside the cabin door.  After breakfast, we did an unaccompanied walking tour of the harbor area of Bergen.  Founded in 1070, Bergen is Norway’s former capital and second largest city.  It lies among several snow-capped mountains and fjords, and thus is quite picturesque.  We especially enjoyed the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, comprised of a number of historic wooden buildings,

and the Torget Fish Market, where cod, prawns, local caviar, oysters, and other varieties of seafood are sold.

After returning and having lunch, we did the included shore excursion, Panoramic Bergen.  Our guide had difficulty finding English words to describe sights along the way, and overall not very good.

Much of the remainder of the afternoon was spent communicating with the ship’s staff and Nan and George regarding their arrival.
A mandatory emergency drill was held at 5:15 PM, and we were pleased to see that Nan and George had finally arrived, without luggage!  Shortly thereafter, the Viking Star departed port for Eidfjord, Norway.

Weather today was 66, sunny skies.

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