At 3am we were woken up by noises about the ship. Andy also saw one of the RIB boats being lowered off the ship to the water, straight passed out window.
There was some excitement going on outside so I turned over and dosed off and let Andy investigate.
It turns out the MS Nordlys had responded to a distress signal from a small vessel that had lost power and was in a precarious situation. The weather outside was very windy, freezing and they required assistance.
The RIB collected them and their boat was towed to the nearest wharf before returning to the Nordlys all safe and sound.
When I say windy, it was really quite strong. The Nordlys was listing at least 10-15 degrees this morning. I took this video of Andy whilst we walked the deck this morning. It is the first time I had ever experienced wind that pushed me back as I tried to walk forward.
We docked an hour late into Trondheim on account of the heroics last night and the ship still needing to keep its schedule adjusted the leaving time which afforded us 45 minutes less in Port than we had expected.
In the end this didn’t affect us too much. It was a wet and rainy morning – the first rain we’ve seen since arriving in Norway – and we were planning a self-guided walk through the town.
Trondheim is Norways 3rd largest city with a population of around 190k people. It was Norway’s Viking Capital way back when.
During our walk we came across a part of town where extensive building and construction work is underway. Upon this site they have excavated items dating back to around AD145. A number of other things were found as well as other archaeological evidence of the use and settlement of this area.
We crossed the channel lined by wharf houses, a characteristic unique to Trondheim compared to other cities and towns we’ve seen so far. Again the buildings are colourful, although we noticed that the colours are changing to more mustard, maroon and muted greens – autumn colours.
A highlight of the walk was Nidaros Cathedral. This is considered a national shrine and is built over the burial place of St Olav, Norway’s patron saint. King Olav is known to have died here in Trondheim. The building commenced in 1070 and is currently undergoing a major restoration also. The detail in the masonry of the building is incredible. Photography inside is forbidden, and we didn’t have time to do a tour, so unfortunately cannot tell you much about that. We did learn some information from one of our fellow travellers, and apparently King Olaf is depicted as one of the statues on the fascia. He is holding an axe which now forms part of the Norweigan coat of Arms.
The city bridge leading to the old town was another stop on our trek. To the locals it is also know as ‘the portal to happiness’. Apparently if a couple kisses on this bridge it will secure their love forever – we thought we’d better give it a chance.
We sheltered from the rain in the old town for a coffee and enjoyed the sheepskin seat covers to keep us warm. We had been considering a kayak tour, and whilst the perspective from the canals would have been awesome, it really wasn’t the day for it. The river is called Nid and is still rich with trout and salmon. Apparently fishing not far out of the city could land salmon as heavy as 20kg!
As we sat at the cafe, we saw a little bit of local life. A wet pooch sitting patiently outside, a group of children in a school group out for an excursion of some kind. It was a pleasant stop to sit and observe the daily happenings.
We returned back to the Nordlys in time to hang up the wet gear, pour ourselves a G&T and sit back and relax on the Panorama deck as we sail out and back toward the ocean and north. As we depart we pass by Monkholmen – Monk Island. The island has a rich history dating back to the Vikings when it was used as an execution site. Following King Olav’s arrival in 997, it has been used as a monastery, a fortress and a prison. During WWII it was the site of an anti-aircraft gun station.