Today, we arrived early to Nordfjordeid, Norway. We did research on the ports and could not find much options for this port. We did learn that there was a museum containing a full size replica of Norway’s largest know Viking ship within walking distance. We decided that sounded like a plan just to wander and explore the area near port.
I woke up feeling like a cold was starting so I was glad to have an easy day. We enjoyed breakfast at the buffet and set out to explore. The area was very different looking than the fjord at Geiranger. It was not as rocky and more green.
The Viking ship was a short walk from the pier. Tickets were 24 dollars which was pricey but there wasn’t much else to do. The exhibit has some information about the Vikings but the obvious highlight is getting to walk on the Viking ship replica. It was interesting but I cannot say I’d recommend this unless you have interest in Vikings. The exhibit is pretty small so we only spent 30 minutes there.
I noticed some horseshoe prints on the ground so after reading a sign we learned this is a walking tour of the area. We decided to take part of this trail back to the port. The path took us to a quaint street with shops and restaurants. We spotted a tiny bakery and popped in looking for Skolebolle or school bread. The bakery smelled fantastic and they had the delicious treat. We bought some and sat outside to enjoy. I am not sure which bakery was better. I guess another trip to Norway is required.
We went back to the ship to enjoy a leisurely afternoon. I wanted to get some rest to try to kick this cold. I tried the sauna as I’ve read it can help decrease cold symptoms. It seemed to help which was good because we had reservations for Le Bistro to use our Platinum coupon tonight. After resting, we got ready for dinner but stopped in Galaxy first for a cocktail and trivia.
Le Bistro was fairly crowded for 6:15 and we were seated in a table near the kitchen. It is an interesting table because this Le Bistro has an open kitchen. It was fun to watch all the dinner being prepared and plated. After mostly eating vegetables at the buffet, we were looking forward to this dinner. We started with wine from the complimentary list for Platinum dinners. We all chose the same appetizer, escargot. The preparation seemed a little different but they were still good and prepared perfectly. For our main, we all chose the filet. It was a very nice steak and a great splurge. For dessert, we all shared the fondue for two. Chris and I also ordered coffee because it is French press. The fondue came but no coffee. We did eventually ask the server and she admitted she forgot. She did bring us coffee after dessert was finished. Not a huge complaint but for the prices, service should be spot on. The charge for escargot and filet for Veronica was 50 with the service charge. Pretty pricey for a cruise dinner in our opinion. If we didn’t get the two dinners free, I doubt we would go. We miss the days of the $25 cover. We are not fans of paying ala carte.
After dinner, Veronica met up with her friends. Chris and I went for a cocktail and decided to attend the evening show. It was a comedy juggler, Jon Udry. He had a pretty full house for the late showing. The show was entertaining and we both enjoyed it. Tonight was the White Hot Party but we decided to call it an earlier night and went back to the cabin. I wanted to rest and try to kick this cold before the last port days.
We love to travel and experience new places and cultures.