Christmas in Norway: It is a White Christmas:
|Day 11: Sandnessjøen – Brønnøysund – Rørvik. Today, you have the option to go on an excursion to the Petter Dass Museum and Alstahaug. Please see your cruise director to book if you are interested.
Enjoy a special Christmas Day Brunch served in the restaurant during the day.
Depart Sandnessjøen at 1:30 pm today. This is the day of mountains, passing peaks like Rodoyloven, Hestmannen (the Horseman), Lekamo and, De Syv Sostre (the Seven Sisters). Also see the extraordinary Torghatten, a gigantic rock gouged with a huge hole, which, according to legend, was made by the Horseman’s arrow. The last port of call for today will be Rorvik.
Enjoy a Christmas Day buffet in the restaurant in the evening and there will be coffee and cake buffet in the bar.
09:30 – It’s Christmas Day and a truly White Christmas for passengers on this Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal cruise. Norway is an exceptionally beautiful country and when covered in snow, it lives up to everyone’s dream of a romantic White Christmas.
It’s a late breakfast and a slow start for many passengers this morning. There’s the opportunity to visit the Petter Dass Museum this morning. We walk back into Sandnessjøen town to do some photography. Along the way we meet a couple walking in the direction of the port. They ask if we’ve come from the Hurtigruten ship as they are on their way there to have some coffee and cakes. Interestingly the guy happens to be a director of the Petter Dass Museum.
13:30 – We leave Sandnessjøen and within 15 minutes we are in view of the famous “Seven Sisters” mountain range on port side.
We have a special Christmas buffet lunch – more food!
16:20 – We arrive at Brønnøysund, the administrative and commercial centre of the municipality of Brønnøy. The town centre is a few minutes from the wharf and we have 40 minutes to walk off some Christmas calories.
This small township of 5,000 inhabitants has managed to attract some important businesses here.
The main commercial spin-offs of this Register include Creditinform and Dun & Bradstreet and the e-government portal Altinn is the newest addition. Torghatten Trafikkselskap, a major Norwegian shipping company, has also based its headquarter in Brønnøysund.But it’s Christmas Day, everything’s shut and Brønnøysund has the feel of a sleepy coastal town.
20:35 – We arrive in Rørvik and here we visit the Norveg Museum. A cheery guide, dressed in black cloak waits for us on the pier. After 10 days in Norway, I still can’t get used to the idea of museums being open at night and still feel sorry for the tour guides who have to come out in the dark and cold. This young lass says that she’s used to it.
At the Museum you’re given a audio-guide to walk around the museum on your own.
21:30 – We sail for Trondheim.