Having seen the fjords from above the previous day it was time to see the cliffs from below. However before that we wanted to visit Landa, a reconstructed Viking village from 1500BC to 600AD.
There was a little confusion over exactly how far the village was from the boat as the woman in the supermarket was sure it was 5km but still only a 15 minute walk. I know these Norwegians are pretty active, but I can’t even run that fast!
We found the village pretty easily (something to do with there not being many roads in this part of Norway) and were greeted by this fine fella at the entrance:
Dr F suggested I pose next to the carving but I declined, not because I my physique wasn’t up to his standard (as Dr F suggested) but because my hair was a bit of a mess from the walk.
Landa is the product of archaeological excavations over 80,000 square meters and is the largest in Norway. These excavations uncovered 250 houses dating back as far as 1,500 BC and covers over 2,000 years of habitation. Up until this discovery, it was thought that the Vikings were purely nomadic, but this demonstrated that they had an organised settlement which allowed them to develop sophisticated construction techniques which could be seen in the reconstructed buildings:
Back on the boat and time to head up Lysefjord to view the cliffs and waterfalls that border the fjord.
And passed a lovely yacht moored near the only dock in this part of the fjord. The pilot book described it as ‘rough’ when in fact it was dangerously jagged – glad we didn’t need to tie up here.
We had to do the obligatory waterfall shots of Hal’s bows…
… and then all of her…
… in the shot. I was absolutely freezing in the water while Dr F took her time getting Hal in the perfect position (observant readers will note the dinghy is no longer on the foredeck, so I wasn’t actaully ‘in’ the water, but it was still cold!).
On the motor out of the fjord we passed another British registered yacht motoring towards us, this was only the second British yacht we had seen this year. We were close enough to shout “Hello” to each other in very British accents. I was tempted to sing God Save the Queen but just did a little dance instead!
Next stop, Stavanger, where our arrival coincided with the annual food festival around the Vågen.
Stavanger is a mix of heavy industry and culture. Fishing was the primary activity prior to the oil and gas boom in the 70’s and there several museums dedicated to fishing and it’s associated industries. We didn’t have time to visit any museums but during a trip a few years ago I’d admired the unique ‘Herring Canning Museum’ – well worth a visit! Other museums include an ‘Oil’ museum dedicated to the offshore industry and a beautiful maritime museum.
The downside of the festival was that the guest berths in the Vågen were closed, the upside was lots of live music and food stalls lining the waterfront. We tied up alongside “On Top” again – the yacht we had been alongside in Tau two nights before. The skipper treated us to this wonderful sight!
Although Dr F and I were hungry, we headed off to soak up the amotsphere and explore some of the back streets.
Then it was back to the waterfront to enjoy the food, wine, music and crowds.
Before admiring the sunset…