Margaret Jenkins

Joined December 2017
  • Day22

    Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

    July 11, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This afternoon Anita took us to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen via the canal boat and the train to Central station. We found the Tivoli Gardens to be a mixture of well tended gardens and a theme park. Hence there were lots of people enjoying the attraction including young children, teenagers, families and also older adults.
    We found an Indian section, a Chinese area, animals including six varieties of chickens, a lake with water feature as well as many rides which were well patronised.
    When we left the Tivoli Gardens we found the Town Hall square which had a statue of Hans Christian Anderson.
    To complete the afternoon we took the canal boat to the other end of the canal and saw many new apartment buildings some of which were still being constructed.
    This is the last Blog everyone as we leave Copenhagen tomorrow morning for Melbourne. Has been a great three weeks, and thank you for reading all my Blogs. Cheers. Margaret.
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  • Day22

    Historic Copenhagen

    July 11, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This morning we took the canal boat to Slotsholmen which is the seat of Denmark's national government and an area where there are many historical buildings. Some of these buildings include the Supreme Court, the Royal reception rooms, the Parliament and the prime minister's office. There is also the original Denmark stock exchange located in this area.
    Some of the buildings were extremely large and hard to photograph. However there were no cracks observed in the buildings.
    The original library houses many thousands of Denmark's historical items as well as books. The original library is integrated into a new modern section which fronts the canal. There is also a beautiful garden at the side which we walked around.
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  • Day21

    Copenhagen via the Canal

    July 10, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    This morning we purchased a 48 hour travel pass which covers the canal boats, bus and train travel. We only used the canal boats today, but saw a lot of different areas in Copenhagen.
    Our first ferry trip was to see the little Mermaid which is quite small. We noticed that there was at least three large cruise ships in Copenhagen including the Queen Victoria. Very close to this area we came across a military complex which was surrounded by a moat, and which had a large windmill nearby. One of the impressive buildings in this area was built in 1725.
    The architecture of Copenhagen is a mixture of the very old and the very modern. In the afternoon we visited Christianshavn and Nyhavn, the latter being a very touristy area. The brightly painted buildings, the large number of boats moored in the canal, the huge crowds eating outdoors all contributed to the atmosphere. Anita said that Hans Chrstian Anderson lived in this street for 20 years.
    There are many dedicated bike lanes in Copenhagen with different types of bikes such as children being carried in front of the bikes at ground level in what could be termed baskets. The number of canals is also surprising as well as the number of boats, some of which are obviously lived on.
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  • Day20

    Copenhagen

    July 9, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today was spent travelling. We started off at Kirkenes which is about 70 deg Latitude having seen Finn Whales in the water just before the Polarlys docked. Travelling in the bus to the Kirkenes airport we saw some reindeer grazing. Kirkenes was very surprising having granite hills but also stretches of water near the airport. Thankfully they had levelled the ground for the airport.
    Overnight Anita and Anna stayed up late enough to check that the midnight sun didn't fall below the horizon at midnight. They took lots of photos to prove this.
    From Kirkenes we flew to Oslo the capital of Norway. At Oslo we said farewell to Anna as she was flying back to Gatwick as she had work commitments. From Oslo we flew to Copenhagen as we had not been there before. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in Paul's apartment in Copenhagen which is about 1 km from the centre of Copenhagen and on the 8th floor of a converted silo. The number of apartments in Copenhagen is incredible as shown from a few photos taken. The main canal is shown in two of these photos. The other interesting aspect is that land is being steadily reclaimed from the sea to build these apartments on.
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  • Day19

    Honningsvag 71 deg N

    July 8, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today is the last full day on the boat. The weather has improved with blue sky and fleecy white clouds. We stopped at Honningsvag which is 71 deg N and noted that the temperature was 11 deg C thanks to the Gulf Stream.
    Honningsvag is a beautiful fishing village with a large breakwater. The houses are painted different colours and all seem to be three stories high with little space between them. Perhaps this is to make travel between houses easier in winter.
    We did a leisurely stroll around to the lighthouse and back. The high mountains in the background are magnificent. A lot of the buildings have snow protection on them.
    The cruise has been enjoyed by all of us. The scenery has been spectacular and the food has been of high quality with many choices. Tomorrow we move onto Copenhagen.
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  • Day18

    Tromso

    July 7, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    This morning we had a visit from King Neptune to baptise passengers who had crossed the Arctic Circle. This apparently is quite a tradition and many passengers participated. Anna was very quick with the camera and it was lots of fun.
    When we reached Tromso we did a self guided tour of the town. We went by taxi to the cable car and went up into the clouds. The ride was very smooth but there had been rain so the photos were not good. After the cable car we walked our way leisurely back to the boat via several points of interest. First we saw the Arctic Cathedral the roof of which was constructed with 2 metre sheets of metal. Anna says this is to cope with expansion.
    Then we walked over the bridge and admired several buildings along the waterfront. We looked at the library and also the Tromso Cathedral which was made of wood. Finally we saw the Polaria which was a funky Aquariam and the MS Polstjerna. Altogether another very interesting day.
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  • Day17

    Crossing the Arctic circle

    July 6, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This morning we got up early as we were crossing the Arctic circle about 7am. Last evening the passengers were invited to submit a time when they thought this would happen, including the hour, the minute and the second. The Arctic circle is marked by a hollow globe on a small island.
    During the morning we proceeded on toward Boda past some impressive scenery. Some of the mountains appear quite close to the water.
    At Boda which has a population of 50,000 people we went on an Arctic Coastal Walk. The guide to this walk gave us a mixture of geology, agricultural and historical information. Apparently the beach could change in appearance quite considerably, and one day have lots of kelp whilst another day would just have sand. We were told that there had been a submerged coral reef in the vicinity, which contributed to the sand on the beach.
    We also came across a paddock of freshly baled hay. Due to the 24 hour light which happens above the Arctic circle, farmers can cut three lots of hay each summer. We also found cloud berries, which appeared very similar to strawberries.
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  • Day17

    Nordland evening (almost midnight sun).

    July 6, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Greetings from Guest Blogger Anita. Last night, as sensible people were windng down at 9pm after an early, Arctic Circle start to the day, we arrived at Svolvaer 68'N. Pulling in to the quay, there was a poignant memorial to the women who have lost men at sea and behind that A frame fish drying racks. Svolvaer was a small town, and after a walk around we would have been happy to hit the hay. Alas, on reboarding at 9:45pm, an announcement was made that at 11pm we would enter Trollsfjord and that it was worthwhile seeing. Although it was cloudy we were also interested to see how light it stayed that late and so stayed up. Trollsfjord is only 100m wide (the ship is just under 20m wide) and can be visited in calm weather, which we had last night. The crew handed out delicious fish soup to sustain the crowds there. We didnt quite make midnight, and there wasn't sun, but the light was bizarre and wonderful to experience.Read more

  • Day16

    A Morning in Trondheim

    July 5, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This morning the Polarlys docked at Trondheim and we did an independent walking tour of the city. Trondheim which was formerly called Nidaros was founded in 997 A.D.. It was Norway's capital from 1030 to 1217 and is home to the Nidaros Cathedral which we saw during our walk.
    Trondheim is a mix of very old buildings such as the Cathedral and some old wooden buildings built on wooden stilts. These wooden buildings looked as though they had been there for many years and planning regulations have presumably changed since they were built. There were also some extremely modern buildings in Trondheim.
    We also wandered around the fishing area and admired the variety of boats we saw. Once again we had blue skies and a temperature approaching 20 deg c.
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  • Day15

    In the Geirangerfjord

    July 4, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today after calling into Alesund the ship continued into the Geirangerfjord which is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. The mountain peaks appeared to get steeper the further into the fjord the boat travelled. There were many drifts of snow on the higher reaches of the mountains which fed the numerous waterfalls. These waterfalls were quite spectacular and considering that it is summer one can only imagine the volume of water they would discharge in winter.
    When we got to Geiranger we saw almost half the boat get off to do the bus trip back to Molde. We were rather surprised to see the Queen Elizabeth boat (black boat with red funnel) and a ship of the Costa line both in the harbour there. The scenery was obviously a drawcard for the large boats and their passengers.
    Overall it was a spectacular journey.
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