Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Scotland Disney cruise - summer 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

Our Disney Cruise started in Copenhagen so we decided to fly in a few days early (Saturday) to see some of the sights.

I woke up at 6:30 am on Sunday morning so I decided to go for a walk before my family woke up. Our hotel was only a few blocks from Tivoli Gardens, so my rough plan was to walk to Tivoli Gardens, then down Stroget, over to Nyhavn, then back to the hotel.

Main entrance to Tivoli Gardens

After leaving Tivoli Gardens, I came across the Dragon Fountains. The Dragon Fountain is a fountain located in the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark. The central motif of the fountain is a bull fighting a dragon. On the edge of the basin sit three water-spraying dragons. Other decorations on the basin are inspired by Ancient Greek ornamentation.

After leaving the Dragon Fountain, these city workers were nice enough to point the way to Stroget.

Strøget is a pedestrian, car free shopping area in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km. You can see by the clock that it was 8:00 am. Surprisingly there were small groups of teenagers walking around. They appear to be walking home after a night of partying. While I saw the party trucks During our stay in Copenhagen but I didn't see excited High School graduates get naked in fountains like some of our fellow cruisers.

On the way to Nyhavn, I passed this interesting building. Børsen (English: The Stock Exchange) is a building on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built by Christian IV in 1619–1640 and is the oldest stock exchange in Denmark. It is known especially for its Dragon Spire shaped as the tails of four dragons twined together, reaching a height of 56 metres.

On one of the many canals in Copenhagen, I came across this boat (left). Former lightship FYRSKIB No.XIII Built 1880 Forenede Oplagspladser & Værfter, Christianshavn and in service until 1972. After over 20 years in service as a government hostel (the lantern tower was removed to the Esbjerg Fishery Museum), it was further converted to a private houseboat in Copenhagen and informally renamed ARK XIII.

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

After a nice walk down Stroget I arrived at Nyhavn. It was as colorful and beautiful as I imagined. One advantage of being there so early on a Sunday morning is that the crowds had not arrived for the day so I was able to get some nice pictures without throngs of people.

Nyhavn (literally: New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Serving as a "heritage harbour", the canal has many historical wooden ships.

Hans Christian Andersen lived in several of the houses at Nyhavn.

Tivoli Gardens

After my morning walk, I met up with my family and we all went to Tivoli Gardens for the afternoon. Walt Disney got much of his inspiration for Disneyland while visiting Europe, including Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli spelled backwards is I LOV IT

Oslo, Norway

Sailing into Oslo

The Disney Magic docked right next to Akershus Fortress.

Oslo

My plan for the day was to use a Copenhagen Card to see some of the museums on my own. I disembarked the ship and walked toward the ferry to Bygod where several of the museums I wanted to visit are located. On the way to the ferry I walked past City Hall.

Norse Folk Museum

Norse Folk Museum

After disembarking the ferry my first stop was the Norsk Folk Museum - The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.

The Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present.

The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum.

The Viking Ship Museum

My next stop was the Viking Ship Museum which was just a short walk from the Norsk Folk Museum.

The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods. Many fully or nearly fully intact Viking ships are on display. The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

The Oseberg Ship
The Oseberg Ship
The Oseberg Ship
The Oseberg Ship
The Tune Ship
The Gokstad Ship
The Disney Magic in Oslo
Leaving Oslo

Kristiansand, Norway

White Water Rafting

We spent our time in Kristiansand by going white water rafting and zip lining. Our tour operator picked us up at the ship and we took a very scenic drive to the river a little less than an hour away.

On the river when we were not in Class 2 rapids, we played games like this one where someone balanced on the edge while we spun the raft.
The river was beautiful and the weather was perfect
We jumped off a rock into the river
We splashed other rafters
We played more balancing games
The Moose at the dock
Leaving Kristiansand

Stavanger, Norway

In Stavanger, we took an excursion to see Stavanger and the surrounding area. We left the port and took an hour drive through the countryside past several Fjords. After stopping for a few pictures, we ended up stopping for lunch in a restaurant that was inside a cave. After a nice lunch we did a little shopping then headed back to the ship.

Before boarding the ship, we walked through the old part of Stavanger. There were several cute old buildings and houses had very colorful roofs.

The Disney Magic in Stavanger, Norway

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

After a nice relaxing day and a half at sea, the Disney Magic docked for the very first time in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Our itinerary for for the day was an ambitious (what was supposed to be 10 hour - turned out to be 12 hours) tour of the famous Golden Circle and a few waterfalls outside the Golden Circle.

Our first stop gave us a close-up look at the unique "moonscape" that cover much of Iceland. One of the first things you notice is, there are no trees.

Thingvellir National Park

Our next stop was Thingvellir National Park and the famous Parliament Plains.

This geologically unique area if formed due to the divergence of the North Americal and European continental plates. In this picture, we are standing on the North American continent. The mountains in the distance (about 10-15 Km) are on the European continent. The area in between is riddles with fissures, some filled with crystal clear water.

This area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oldest Parliament in the world was established here in 930 AD when the Vikings came to Iceland. Why here of all places? Of the numerous tribes, this was decided as a "central" location to meet.

A path through one of the fissures
A family plays by the river bank
The water is so clear, you can see the bottom

The word Geyser comes from Geysir

The next stop on our tour of the Golden Circle was an active geothermal area known as Geysir. We were told that the word Geyser comes from this area.

Geothermal activity in the area

The largest geysir here is called Strokkur. Strokkur erupts quite frequently, about every 4-5 minutes.

Strokkur about to erupt
Thar she blows

I got soaked!

We had been around Strokkur for about 10 minutes and it had erupted a few times of similar magnitude. At this point I had gotten all the "far away" pictures I wanted so I decided to move right to the boundary line to get a close up shot.

I set up my camera on the tripod, and looked through the viewfinder on my camera patiently and attentively waiting for Strokkur to erupt again. Without fail, I see the tell tale signs of the eruption where the water sinks into the crater by a few inches. On cue, Strokkur starts to erupt. I decided to take a series of rapid shots, so I am looking through the viewfinder the whole time. A few seconds into the eruption, I noticed the water appears to be coming toward me. I dismiss that as a function of just being so close. Then then a few seconds later, I could tell that the hot boiling water was definitely coming toward me. I grab my camera, still on the tripod, try to cover it under my jacket and turn to run. Too late! What turns out to be by far the largest eruption for the time we were there (at least three times larger than the rest) dumps a deluge of hot water on me and others close by. Thanks to my friends Wally and Terri for getting the picture of us running. The lesson here is, when on vacation in a place you may get wet.. Wear dri-fit clothes. I was almost dry by the time we boarded the bus, so apart from smelling like eggs if you sat next to me. The rest of the day was fine.

The Mighty Gullfoss

The next stop on our tour was the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

The thing you discover about touring Iceland is that sights are very far apart. As a result, we drive for 45 minutes to an hour to stop somewhere for 20-30 minutes before moving to the next stop.

Gullfoss (as I came to find out) has two parking lots. One right near the main road, and one "much" closer to the waterfall. Our driver decides to park in the one farthest away from the waterfall. This means we have to walk down a boardwalk path then down a very long flight of stairs to even get to the second parking lot and ultimately the waterfall.

Once I make it past the second parking lot, I am rewarded with my very first sight of the mighty Gullfoss. The grandure of the falls combined with the roar of the water was overwhelming. The rainbow is caused by the constant overspray from the waterfall. The water is that color because the water in this river is glacial melt from a volcano and full of volcanic dirt and debris.

In order to give moving water that "misty" look, I use a photographic technique called a "long exposure". This means I need to use a tripod and that takes a bit longer to get set up to take the shot. After setting up my camera on the tripod and dialing in the shot, I take a few exposures.

I still have time so I decide to walk to the end of the path to get closer to the waterfall. Yes, all the way to where those people are in the picture.

Where all that water goes becomes evident
The roar of the water is overwhelming

About half way there, I stop to take the above two pictures.

I move on and hike to the end of the path. Being so close to the waterfall was impressive. You really can't appreciate the power of the waterfall from pictures.

I set up my camera and take a few shots of the waterfall from this vantage point.

By this time It's 20 minutes into what was supposed to be a 30 minute stop. I know I need to hurry back to make it to the bus on time. So without taking my camera off the tripod, I just folded up the legs and start walking very quickly back up the path. This is when I first notice that Iceland, unlike the U.S. tends to leave things in the most natural state possible. Read that as paths are not perfectly groomed and with the overspray makes for a slippery walkway.

I hastily walk the first part of the hike and make it to the second parking lot. Totally out of breath with 5 minutes to go, I look up at the LONG stairs that I must climb to get to the bus. Luckily the stairs were not too crowded, so I begin to sprint up the stairs. I finally make it to the top and I start down the long path to the parking lot. I see Jannis waving for me to come take a picture with the official ship's photographer.

In case you can't tell, I am completely out of breath in this picture.

At this point, this would be the end of the "normal" Golden Circle tour. But we had the "combo" package, so onward we go.

On to Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss

Our next stop was one of two waterfalls at the base of theEyjafjallajokull volcano. This is the famous volcano that grounded air travel across Europe in 2010 when it erupted.

Skogafoss

After a short 20 minute stop at Skogafoss we get back on the bus. I think at this point is was around 11:30pm. Our tour was supposed to end sometime between 10 and 11pm. The tour guide took a poll and asked the group if we wanted to keep heading East (away from the ship) to our second to last stop or head back toward the ship to our last stop. The group voted to go back, so we missed our stop in Vik.

Our last stop, Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Even though it was late and we were more than an hour from the ship, the tour guide recommended we stop at one more waterfall before heading back to the ship. This waterfall was spectacular because we could walk behind it.

We arrive at Seljalandsfoss and as usual, the tour guide tells us we have 20 minutes at this stop. So I hurry walking up to the spot where I can take pictures of the waterfall then to get my camera set up on my tripod and start taking pictures. Long exposures by nature take longer. The net of that is, I use 15 of my 20 minutes getting the above picture of the waterfall.

Now I've got 5 minutes left and it would take 2 minutes to walk back to the bus. At this point, Jannis, John and I think the kids have already walked behind the waterfall. I think to myself, well, I'll never be in Iceland again, I'm going to go for it and make a run behind the waterfall.

So without packing up my gear, I just fold up my tripod with the camera still attached, throw my heavy camera bag over my shoulder and start running with all this gear toward the waterfall. As I get closer, the over spray is everywhere. The foot paths are getting narrow and slippery.

I finally make it to the edge of the water and to my surprise I see two other people there camped out with camera's on tripods with plastic draped over their gear. I look back to see exactly what these people are taking a picture of. I see this beautiful sunset.

The path at this point is about 2 meters wide, wet, slippery, and the thunder of the falls and the over spray is overwhelming. Since I didn't take my camera off the tripod, I open it up and start to try to compose and take a series of long exposure shots again to give the water that misty look. I squeeze off a few shots. At this point my camera (and me and the rest of my gear) is very wet, maybe not soaking but wet. I look at my lens and it is completely coated in over spray. I think there is no way this picture will come out. It will be just obscured by the water or have a ton of lens flair. I close up my tripod and start to make my way back to the bus.

I run the rest of the way back to the bus (it's a loop behind the waterfall) risking life and limb of slipping and breaking my arm or my gear on the many rocks or slipping into the waterfall basin, running up slippery wooden stairs - BTW there is no way they would allow this in the US. I finally make it back right on time - yes, all that took only 5 minutes.

When I get back to the ship I eagerly download the pictures and to my surprise, I got what I considered one of three of my most favorite pictures from this trip.

Close to Midnight at Seljalandsfoss

Back to the ship

Tired from a very long day of sightseeing in Iceland, we begin the trek back to the ship. It's a quiet bus ride as most people are resting. I watch the sun to continue to set (the sun sets for like 3 hours during the summer) and the sky continues to get more colorful. We finally get back to the ship at about 1:30am and I went to deck 9 aft to get this picture.

A breathtaking way to end our first day in Reykjavik

Reykjavik - Day 2

The lunar landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula

Day 2 in Reykjavik was destined to be the best day ever! The general itinerary was to explore the South West part of Iceland and to go to the world famous Blue Lagoon. But before we went there, we would see the sights and the lunar landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The entire peninsula is a geothermal area and light houses dot the coastline.

The main tour company we booked with must have gotten full, so they subcontracted with another tour company. As we came to discover later during the day, while our tour company gave us a very detailed list of our tour, they apparently never gave those details to the sub-contracted tour company. Instead, they just gave then a list of the general areas we were supposed to visits. As such, since there was nothing specifically called out on our itinerary, the guide kept telling us we got to see "bonus" attractions.

We meet out tour guide (and bus driver) at the dock at 8:30am. Normally we have a dedicated driver which leaves the tour guide to give us their undivided attention. Not so on this day. As we leave the port for the day, our tour guide introduces herself and tells us how she became a tour guide and having passed tourism school

As we head down the road, the driver calls our attention to a very large building down the road and tells us it's the 4th largest aluminum smelter in the world. The plant was setup here because they use electricity to process the ore and electricity in Iceland is inexpensive because of geothermal power.

True to what she said, the plant was a very large building. As we are driving by the plant, the tour guide shouts over her headset where the entire bus can hear, "Holy Moses! I missed the turn because I am too busy talking to you about the aluminum plant! We need to turn around". After a safe U-turn, we are back on our way to who knows where.

Soon we came upon a landscape that we have never seen before. We drove through it for several miles.

After several miles of silence from our tour guide, one of the passengers asks where we were and what was this very interesting landscape we have been driving through. She pointed out that our itinerary said we would be driving through a "lunar landscape" and asked if this was it. Our driver told us that during the time of the Apollo missions, the U.S. actually went to lava fields much larger than the ones we were driving through in the North of Iceland to practice lunar landing. Only one mission team practiced in these fields we were driving through so she didn't think we would be interested since most of the landings were done in the north.

After several miles of lunar landscape lave fields, we saw a structure in the distance. As we got closer we noticed there were flocks of birds flying about.

As we are driving by someone asks what that was. The guide tells us it is where they dry fish, but we weren't going to stop because it smelled bad. Here is how the tour company described this part of the tour.

The lunar landscape at Reykjanes, with all its volcanoes and different lava formations, gives you a good idea why Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin came to Iceland to practice their moonwalk. We start by going through the town of Hafnarfjordur and see how Icelanders still dry fish in the lava field just outside of the capital area.

Granted we did see all that but it would have been more immersive if it was pointed out to us at the time. Still we didn't miss anything.

After leaving the area we continued to our next stop, the famous Black Sand beaches of Iceland. The black sand comes from all the volcanoes that dot the landscape.

The roads in Iceland are interesting. You can be driving on pavement and a minute later on the same stretch of road you are on a dirt road. My suspicion is because some volcanic flow came across the road and they just have not rebuilt it, but who knows. In any case, We are driving along and we get one one of these dirt roads. The road starts to go up a slight hill, nothing that we have not been on before so I didn't think anything of it... until the driver stalled the bus on the hill. This is where we all find out the bus is a stick shift and she doesn't know how to start a stick shift on an incline. After 5 stalled attempts, she decides to rev the engine to what seemed to be a million RPM then let the clutch fly. Success, we start to move up the hill. The only thing that I could think of was Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now saying "I love the smell of burning clutch in the morning!"

Black sand beach
Jannis jumps for joy that we made it up the hill

We finally get to the first official stop and Jannis jumps for joy. While at this stop, one of our fellow passengers tells our driver/tour guide that he is a professional coach driver. I'm not sure if he offered to drive, but I am sure he would have done better. As we are leaving this stop, instead of simply driving forward, our driver attempts to reverse up an ever so small inclined back on to the main road. She stalls out twice. By now, I'm just dying laughing - best day ever. Really!

After driving some more through the beautiful lunar landscape (I really wouldn't call it countryside) our driver tells us that since our itinerary isn't specific, we could go to a bonus attraction but decides to take a vote of the 16 people on the bus. We all voted yes, but I'm not sure what she would have done if we voted 50/50, so why ask. As it turns out the next stop "was" on our official stop list.

Seltun Geothermal Hot Springs

Our next stop was one of the geothermal hot spots in the area. This one was called Seltun.

Jannis again jumping for joy that we made it this far
Bathroom will be Closed if it gets colder than -1C. Makes sense to me.

Next stop, Reykjanesta, the "Toes" of Iceland

Just before we get to Reykjanesta, we stop to see the location of the first lighthouse in Iceland. The original lighthouse was built in 1878, but destroyed in an earthquake 8 years later. The current lighthouse was built in 1929.

Jannis jumps for joy because we made it this far. This was premature.
Alaskan Lupines are everywhere
Wild flowers abound

Reykjanesta

We finally make it to Reykjanesta. I wish I had a picture of the parking lot, but you would have seen A very large area where 50 full sized busses could park. Our driver, looking ever so confused picks a spot, then moves, then picks another spot. She finally settles on a spot with the bus facing uphill. Yes, the downhill points to the cliffs at the end of the peninsula.

She stops the bus and opens the door to let passengers out. After about 4 people got off the bus, she decides to hop out from her side. As she gets out of the bus (I'm still on it) the bus starts to roll backwards towards the cliffs. My whole life is flashing before my eyes and all I can think of is Pee Wee Herman as the school bus driver saying "shut up or I'll kill us all!". The bus driver/tour guide runs the bus down and flings open the door and jumps in and engages the parking brake.

Jannis jumps for joy thankful for being alive and not driving over the cliff behind her
The "toes" we're impressive

Next stop Gunnuhver

The legend of Gunnuhver

Today the area is known for its hot springs and steam vents, but hundreds of years ago this area was believed to be haunted. The original Gunnuhver geyser (now a steam vent) is named after a woman called Guðrún Önundardóttir (Gunna is a common shorthand for the name Guðrún). The story goes that Gunna had dispute with a rich farmer and official, Vilhjálmur Jónsson, from the nearby farm of Kirkjuból. She accused him of stealing a pot from her, probably to settle a debt. Gunna was a determined lady and after her death she resolved to kill Vilhjálmur when he was leaving her funeral. After the deed was done Gunna became a murderous poltergeist who attacked both people and beasts. A priest called Eiríkur was able to lead an attack on Gunna and eventually she was thrown into the geyser which is now named after her. According to legend you should be able to see her stooping by the geyser refusing to go in. The hissing of the steam coming from the steam vent is her calling out to you to lure you in.

A geothermal electric plant nearby

Next stop, the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon was discovered quite by accident. As the story goes, the geothermal electricity plants in the area discharged hot water as a byproduct of their plant operations. Since there was nothing toxic about the water, they simply dumped it into surrounding lava fields. The water contained a very fine silica mud and the silica mud plugged all the holes in the porous lave fields essentially sealing it in a big pool. The workers decided to enjoy the hot water bath after work and after several dips in the pool, several workers noticed that chronic skin conditions went away. And thus the Blue Lagoon was born.

The silica mud is said to have therapeutic properties
I look 10 years younger
Silica mud facial

After we left the Blue Lagoon we headed back to the ship. We made one stop at Hallgrímskirkja which is a Lutheran church in Raykjavik.

Akureyri, Iceland

We Crossed the Arctic Circle

On our way from Reykjavik to Akureyri, we joined the intrepid band of adventurers who can claim the crossed the Arctic Circle.

Sailing into Akureyri

The sail into Akureyri, like most of the ports we visited was breathtaking. This was also the first time Disney Cruise Line sailed into Akureyri.

A Tour around Lake Myvatn

Our tour for the day would take us to see more unique landscapes and also some places where the HBO hit series Game of Thrones was filmed.

Godafoss

Our first stop was Godafoss which translated means God Falls. The names comes from a time when the Chieftan of the area converted from Paganism to Christianity. As the legend goes, after he converted to Christianity, as a show of his conviction toward Christianity he threw his pagan idol gods into the falls - hence the name God Falls.

Pseudocraters

Our next stop was a unique landform called a Pseudocrater. A pseudocrater is a volcanic landform which resembles a true volcanic crater, but differs in that it is not an actual vent from which lava has erupted. They are characterised by the absence of any magma conduit which connects below the surface of a planet.

Pseudocraters are formed by steam explosions as flowing hot lava crosses over a wet surface, such as a swamp, a lake, or a pond. The explosive gases break through the lava surface in a manner similar to a phreatic eruption, and the tephra builds up crater-like forms which can appear very similar to real volcanic craters.

Hofdi

Our next stop was an area called Hofdi. Parts of Game of Thrones was filmed near here.

The Dark Castle

Our next stop was Dimmuborgir ("Dark Castle"). dimmuborgi is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn. The Dimmuborgir area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel (hence the name).

Grjótagjá - The Game of Thrones Love Cave

Grjótagjá was one of the locations for filming the television series Game of Thrones where the famous love cave scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte was filmed.

The Grjótagjá cave is a small lava tube on the east side of Lake Mývatn. Inside the cave, is a thermal spring. Outlaws used to live in the cave and use the hot spring for bathing in the early 18th century. Grjótagjá was also popular for bathing in the 1970s, but during volcanic eruptions in the area from 1975 to 1984, the temperature of the water rose to more than 50°C. The temperature has since decreased again, but it is still very hot.

On top of the lava tube
The cave is under the fissure

Hverir Thermal Area

Hverir Thermal Area

Hverir is located just off the ring road around Lake Myvatn. In addition to the different hot springs in this area, the lava domes, boiling mud pools and sulfurous puddles were fun to explore.

A Tuya

A Tuya is a type of distinctive, flat-topped, steep-sided volcano formed when lava erupts through a thick glacier or ice sheet. They are somewhat rare worldwide, being confined to regions which were covered by glaciers and had active volcanism during the same period.

Lava that erupts under a glacier cools very quickly and cannot travel far, so it piles up into a steep-sided hill. If the eruption continues long enough, it either melts all the ice or emerges through the top of the ice and then creates normal-looking basalt flows that make a flat cap on top of the hill. Discovering and dating the lava flows in a tuya has proven useful in reconstructing past glacial ice extents and thicknesses.

Back to the ship

After a full day of sightseeing we headed back to the ship. When we got close to the port, my friend Steph asks me, "Hey you getting a picture of this?" Thanks Steph, I would not have gotten this shot if you didn't give me the head's up.

Before stopping in town, I got a great picture of the ship.

The Disney Magic in Akureyri, Iceland
Walked through town before boarding the ship
A great view walking from town back to the ship.

Kirkwall, Scotland

Kirkwall, Scotland

Another first for Disney was sailing into Kirkwall, Scotland. Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Great Britain. The town is first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046 when it is recorded as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. In 1486, King James III of Scotland elevated Kirkwall to the status of a royal burgh; modern roadsigns still indicate "The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall". The name Kirkwall comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay), which was later corrupted to Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and Kirkwall.

My plan in Kirkwall was to do a photo excursion which started at 1:30pm. Since I was able to get off the ship by 9am, I took the opportunity to take the shuttle into town to look around.

St. Magnus Cathedral was established in the 11th century
I saw many "Bruce's" in the church graveyard
The interior of the cathedral was beautiful
Julia got a picture of me in the Cathedral
The ruins of Earl's Palace
Ran into the Parsons' in town

My photography excursion

The photo excursion we went on had 6 people total. This allowed for lots of conversation with our guide Mark Ferguson, who is a professional photographer in the Orkney Islands. I had my iPad with me so on the way back to the ship, I shared some of the pictures I took earlier during the trip. He studied several of them very carefully, and I believe he was genuinely impressed when he told me so.

The Bay of Skaill

Our next stop was the dramatic cliffs off Marwick.

Saw Puffins

Last "Sea day" then we disembark the Disney Magic

The Disney Magic

Captain Mickey

Dover, England

Thus ends our wonderful 11-night Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, and Scotland Disney Cruise.

When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

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