1.18.15 - 1.19.15 35 °F
So far the voyage has been everything I had hoped for and more. The ship is about one-half full, and sailing with only about 350 people is wonderful. We had a nice buffet dinner last night and tonight we go to our regular early seating dining table for dinner at 6:30pm. The Midnatsol, like all of the Hurtigruten ships, is a working ferry below decks. Since we left Bergen, we stopped at Floro, Maloy and Torvik for 15 minutes each where some cars, people and pallets were offloaded. Our tour stop for the day was at Alesund, a quaint little fishing village of 40,000 people. Our two hour tour visited the local aquarium and then to the top of a 1500 meter mountain for a view of the Fjord. We went back on the ship, and at 3:00pm got underway to stop at Molde, and Krintiansund for 30 minutes each, then arriving in Trondheim at 6:00am tomorrow morning. As always, I enjoy not being crowded by thousands of tourists. During the summer 132 ship visits call at Alesund, and the traffic jam trying to get to the lookout is considerable. Today, our bus was the only group of tourists at both the Aquarium and Lookout. The sky is perfectly clear, and our probability of seeing the Northern Lights tonight is great.