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27 Aug. 2016; At Sea.

27 Aug. 2016; At Sea.

The good ship Koningsdam is weaving its way southbound again back to Amsterdam after a 14 day “flat circle” cruise curving around Scotland to Iceland and then back via Norway.  Today the word “weaving” is correct as we are on far from a straight course. Going between the various Oil Rigs you can easily do…   read more of “27 Aug. 2016; At…”

26 Aug. 2016; Bergen, Norway.

26 Aug. 2016; Bergen, Norway.

In Norway people say, “There is Norway and then There is Bergen”. As the people from Bergen seem to consider themselves sort of outside Norway or think that Norway is part of Bergen and not the other way around. The real deep meaning behind it was once explained to be by a Norwegian in a…   read more of “26 Aug. 2016;…”

25 Aug. 2016; Aalesund, Norway.

25 Aug. 2016; Aalesund, Norway.

We were lucky people during last night and today as the Restricted Visibility did not return. The wind shifted slightly and that was enough to change the temperature balance between water and air. And coming closer and closer to the Norwegian coast also helped with the sea water temperature as the water is not so…   read more of “25 Aug. 2016;…”

24 Aug. 2016, At Sea.

24 Aug. 2016, At Sea.

Once we were clear of the coast and the sun disappeared for the night, a white blanket descended over the Norwegian Sea. Thus the Navigators went to Reduced Visibility Navigation (Which means a senior officer is added to the team and if that is not the captain, then he remains nearby on short notice) and…   read more of “24 Aug. 2016, At…”

22 Aug. 2016; Isafjordur, Iceland.

22 Aug. 2016; Isafjordur, Iceland.

It was a very small world this morning when we arrived. The good thing was, it was nice weather, the bad thing was, we could not see it. And thus the deck department of the Koningsdam went to battle stations. We have qualified tender drivers on our tenders who are trained and before they receive…   read more of “22 Aug. 2016;…”