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LIVE from the ZUIDERDAM - VOYAGE OF THE VIKINGS

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On 8/22/2019 at 4:58 PM, sansterre said:

Today was a rainy and cold day in Djupivogur, Iceland.  We were on a tour of 18 people to see the Hoffellsjokull Glacier.  We drove for two hours in the rain to get there, spent about an hour at the glacier without rain, and drove two hours home with rain most of the time.  So we were very lucky with the weather.

Now we are cruising WSW around the southern coast of Iceland.  According to the Captain, ships are required to stay away from some of the southern coast to protect the environment.

Photos of glaciers and horses later.

I'd love to ride an Icelandic horse!  

 

Do you have the tour excursion book for this cruise?

 

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The tender is back to the Zuiderdam and we are underway again.  Time for dinner (5:15) so I will post the village pictures later tonight.

We have spent most the day in the Sound with beautiful clear blue skies.  The captain said it will be windy once we get back out to the ocean so best to spend lots of time in this beautiful area.

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3 hours ago, sansterre said:

After lunch we noticed the ship was still turning at the glacier so we captured a few more of these beautiful glaciers glistening in the bright sunshine.  This time, without the rain-spattered windows.  

What a beautiful world!

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Enjoying your review and beautiful pictures.  

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Thanks so much for taking along on your voyage.  Lovely pictures.  Will be boarding in Boston when you return.  Hopefully we'll be as lucky with the sunny weather.  Smooth sailing.

 

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12 hours ago, sansterre said:

Aren't they pretty!  No, I didn't get a scent from them.

 

Thanks for your reply, It's always sad when they have no perfume.

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Here is the village and the tender as it pulls out of the natural marina area and returns to the Zuiderdam.

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It is a beautiful morning in Qaqortoq, Greenland.  The ship at dock is called "World Explorer".  Today we will go in to walk around.  We did the same last year and found it to be a pleasant town.  We remember visiting the post office, grocery store, and a small museum.

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On 8/26/2019 at 5:27 AM, sansterre said:

What a difference 12 hours makes!

We are still on the same course of 225 to the SW, headed for the Eastern entrance of Prince Christian Sound.

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That was quite a storm!  Glad for you it has calmed for the stops in Greenland.    

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17 hours ago, I Luv Crusin said:

I'd love to ride an Icelandic horse!  

 

Do you have the tour excursion book for this cruise?

 

Yes, I do still have it.  What would you like to know?

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1 hour ago, sansterre said:

Yes, I do still have it.  What would you like to know?

It's just a "dream book".  When we book I'll try to get one from HAL.

 

Hearing your experience with riding the horses I may forgo it!  I thought their unique trot was supposed to be comfortable. 🤨

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2 hours ago, I Luv Crusin said:

It's just a "dream book".  When we book I'll try to get one from HAL.

 

Hearing your experience with riding the horses I may forgo it!  I thought their unique trot was supposed to be comfortable. 🤨

I think it might be a comfortable trot for more experienced riders.  We all just ended up bouncing along.

I'll look to see if HAL offers an excursion for riding the horses.  But there are many tourism offices that would accommodate you as well.

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I just realized that you could probably find this tour option on the HAL website.  But rather than try to explain how, it is easier to retype the tour here:

Iceland on horseback:  2.5 hours

Excellent opportunity for horse experts and novices alike to enjoy horseback riding on the famous breed of Icelandic pony.  This excursion is accompanied by an expert rider, and takes you through scenic and interesting areas of farmland and valleys.  All necessary riding gear is supplied.  Notes:  Maximum weight is 220 lbs. Min. are is 8 years. $159.95

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Having been to Qaqortoq on the Voyage of the Vikings last year, we were surprised to see another cruise ship, World Explorer dock in the town.  A building crane was on the horizon to the left and new houses were visible on all the upper levels, reaching high into the hills. This town is growing!

We had a leisurely breakfast in the MDR this morning and took a few photos of the Qaqortoq in the bright morning sunlight.  The clouds rolled in as we boarded a tender for town.  Here are some photos I took while on the tender.

Note the crowds at the tender dock in front of the visitors center (Welcome to Qaqortoq). There must have been a problem with one of the tenders this morning as the tender at the dock left empty, while the line grew longer.  

We had an enjoyable walk around town, staying on the lower level this visit.  (And no waiting line when we returned around 2.)

More later,

 

 

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Qaqortok, a town of about 3,000 inhabitants is the largest town in Southern Greenland.  It is known for its "Stone and Man" sculpture, and other interesting rock sculptures around the natural stone areas in town.

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Can you tell me if the hairdryers on Zuiderdam have a diffuser? Much appreciated.

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3 hours ago, mamaofami said:

Can you tell me if the hairdryers on Zuiderdam have a diffuser? Much appreciated.

I will be happy to look tomorrow.  What am I looking for?

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As I look at the photos of "Stone and Man" again, I think the ones taken from the lower level, further away, with some people to show scope of size are much better.  These sculptures are well done and very clever.

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The colorful wildflowers, such beauty growing in the rocky soil......they really made my day!

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This one looks like delphinium growing in the wild.

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Here are some old wooden buildings we walked past near the town center, not far from the tender dock.

a very large home,

the old church built in 1832 (there is also a new Lutheran church on the hill above town built in 1973),

the oldest fountain in Greenland (built in 1927) in front of a general store,

 

 

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This is the view up the river from the bridge near the bay.  The old Church of our Savior (circa 1832) is in background.

 

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