On May 11th, ms Ryndam made the first-ever stop by a Holland America Line ship at Ulvik, Norway, located on the left of the three small fjords at the end of Hardangerfjord. The ships also call at Eidfjord, located a short distance away on the right fjord, but this was a maiden port for the company. For a map of Hardangerfjord click HERE.
Guests could enjoy a stroll through the small town, the church that is famous for it’s interior artwork by a local artist, or set out on one of several tours arranged by the shore excursion staff. It was a guided walk/hike for about five kilometers around the area. Ulvik sees tourists from many countries who come for the walking paths and scenery. Our call was on a cloudy day with some rain in the morning. While snow dotted the mountaintops when we visited, this was not typical for May.
Erik Elvejord is Holland America Line’s Director of Public Relations.