Day 2: North Sea (Southbound) – Hirtshals (Denmark) – North Sea (Northbound – on route to Faroe Islands)

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Day 2: Tuesday 04 July 2017

 

Happy Independence Day to all our American readers / followers !!!!

 

Day 2 began with an early wake-up call on the Fjordline Ferry.

 

Arrived Hirtshals Ferry Terminal at 07:30, on scheduled arrival time, despite our 1 hour delay in departure from Stavanger yesterday.

The North Sea (Southbound) crossing was relatively calm, and we had a reasonable night sleep on the ferry.

 

Once we departed the Fjordline ferry, we drove into Hirtshals and found a fuel station cafe for breakfast, before turned the cars around to join the queue for the Smyril Line Ferry, which leaves from the same Ferry Terminal as we just depart the Fjordline Ferry.

 

Here, we spent a few hours queueing and waiting.

 

 

The weather was excellent, sunny and calm, so we could enjoy a walk around our exploration vehicles and check out the other vehicles going to Iceland, and talk with their owners.

 

We then boarded the Smyril Line Ferry M/S Norröna.

 

The packing of the cars in this ferry is the tightest we have ever witnessed on any other ferry, with virtually no room to exit the vehicles or depart the car decks – Very tight squeeze…

Same situation as experienced on ICE2015 – See ICE2015 Blog Articles:

Day 2: Hirtshals – North Sea (on route to Faroe Islands)
Day 3: North Sea – Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) – Gamlarætt Ferry Terminal (Streymoy)

 

 

Once we moved into our cabin, we went to the front of the boat to film the departure from Hirtshals Harbour, in the glorious sunshine.

 

 

We then went to the swimming pool, where we experienced “natural wave effects” as the boat moved through the North Sea waves, with the pool water literally climbing & falling ca.half metre, which was great fun.

We then used the sauna to relax and chill-out.

 

 

Took a walk around the decks, to get acquainted with the ships layout and walked around the outer deck to get some fresh air, as well as relaxed in the cabin.

 

After dinner, we went to the cinema, to see Gardians of the Galaxy 2, which we all really enjoyed.

 

 

Sea conditions have been relatively calm all day, so a good sailing so far….

 

Overall it was a day full of events, so we were quite tired by the end.

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