Where we’re headed–and planned port activities

Where we’re headed–and planned port activities

Mom told me she had always wanted to see fjords. She’d heard about fjords in Norway, in Alaska and along the South American coast. She was kinda partial to Norway.

The “Viking Homelands” itinerary was a Goldilocks discovery: “just right” in so many ways. Not only do we get to sample a bit of the fjords on the western coast of Norway, but several Baltic ports are bundled in, too.

I have to be honest with you: I had to go look up the Baltic region on a map and really study it when an opening on this itinerary came available. I knew it was a big area and it was up north, but when I heard “Baltic” my brain short-circuited to the purple-banded Monopoly property (you know, with Mediterranean as its fellow purple-banded brother; and I was pretty positive we weren’t going anywhere near the Mediterranean).

11 Responses to Where we’re headed–and planned port activities

  1. Peggy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I’m really interested in your St. Petersburg experience – I’m hoping to visit in 2017. Does Viking include a tour? And, I’ll be looking for your thoughts about the private tour. In Berlin, if you have time, and are interested in archaeology, I’d highly recommend the Pergammon museum. I visited Norway 2 years ago – bought a Volvo in Sweden and drove over. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Flam is lovely (but overrun with large cruise ships, which is why we passed on Bergen). Prices are so high, we could only laugh about it.

  2. So excited for you and so looking forward to your posts!

  3. sandy says:

    ps: maybe when you head to the lounge with live music, where you hope to have some fun dancing, you can ask for this waltz, and then move in to the Beach Boys from there?

    enjoy! you are in the correct place to enjoy this 🙂

  4. Stanley says:

    Enjoy your trip, I happen to to see in Stockholm you will be seeing Gamla Stan. Wonder if Stan – Stanley. Just a thought.

  5. Allie says:

    In Gdansk, it’s a bit of an effort to get to old town Gdansk from Gdynia, you’re likely port. However, Gdansk is quite worth it – very beautiful (much of it restored after bombing). If you want info on how to get there by short commuter train ride (sounds like you and mom are up to DIY traveling, although those Viking excursions sure are free or reasonably-priced, so may not need it) feel free to contact me. I’m a bit reluctant to post my email here, but perhaps you can get it through the blog site. Also, In Your Pocket (online) is a great site for Gdansk as well as other Baltic ports. My husband wasn’t feel up to much touring the day we were in Gdansk, but wanted me to go out, which I did. I just walked around the older part of Gdansk, and then took a short sightseeing boat up the river to a lighthouse I was interested in seeing. Of course, there are historical sites there as well.

    • ukalady says:

      Love your ideas for Gdansk, Allie! I can’t email you because I can’t “associate” your name here with the email subscription list. Feel free to email me directly at ukalady(at)geeeemail(dot)com (remove the extra stuff for the typical gmail address!).

  6. Susan says:

    Thanks for the tips about seeing Gdansk and the website.

  7. Pat Scherago says:

    We’re taking the same trip – we leave on June 26 and fly to Stockholm via Reykjavik, Iceland. We’re also doing the Iceland extension, What date are you leaving?

  8. Ben Waide says:

    I am curious about several of the Viking Star walking tours (Stavanger for one) that describe the demand as “demanding”. Is it the cobble stones, length, grade, or what? Love your blog, we are on the reverse trip May 28, 2016

    • ukalady says:

      Oh, Stavanger! I so enjoyed that port–and I’m sure you will, too. We took the walking tour and it was only “demanding” in that the footing was a bit slippy due to constant drizzles that day. The cobbles, of course, added to the ankle-turn potential and there was one section of the tour (walking up to the former fish cannery–and that cannery is a lot more interesting than I thought!) that was a bit of a steep walk. We watched our footing, though, and did fine with it and so did everyone else. We even returned later in the day up the hill to the cannery museum to buy some canned fish; oh, if I could only go back there for that fish because my husband loved it and it’s not available for purchase anywhere in the states…but I digress.

      Okay, back to the so-called “demanding” nature of the tour. It was not demanding unless, perhaps, you have a COPD/heart/breathing issue and couldn’t walk easily up sidewalks on on hilly streets.

      I’ll bet you can’t wait for that trip! I can’t wait until life slows down a bit more and I can post the port details as well as several posts I’ve planned about different aspects of The Star. I promise I’ll get to it soon!

  9. Ben Waide says:

    Thanks! We are looking forward to your posts!

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