As I mentioned in my previous post about the Transatlantic Cruise I took with my sister, our original path was diverged a bit due to icebergs. The second, and final, change that had to be made was replacing Reykjavik, Iceland with Stavanger, Norway. While we were initially let down, we quickly realized that this was basically our only chance to pretend we live in the world of Frozen.
When we arrived in Stavanger, the port was absolutely adorable. It’s a small town, turned larger city, having made it’s way into the 21st century by way of oil rigging. That being said, one thing that was made very clear to us from the beginning of our day was that Norway is committed to making the environment a priority and fostering green communities.
We decided again to do a Port Adventure through Disney. This time it was because one of them had the word ‘fjord’ in it. My mind instantly went to Frozen. Anna yelling “The fjord!” upon seeing Elsa’s perpetual storm take on the bay.
Frozen has a special place in my heart. Not because its hints at feminism (‘You can’t marry a man you just met’) or featuring the first ever gay couple in a Disney movie (Okin’s family in the sauna of his Trading Post, if you didn’t know). But because it’s about two sisters. One blond older blonde, one younger (some may argue red head) brunette. The older is more serious and focused, the younger frolicking in a fantasy land. Take away the unrealistic waist sizes and lack of a close-knit relationship, and you’ve got me and my sister. Needless to say, the fact that our cruise had unexpectedly become a mini Frozen adventure was welcome.
We departed the ship to get on a much smaller boat to explore the Lysefjord. The best way to explain this is through pictures. But let me just say, if you haven’t seen a fjord yet, put it on your bucket list. It’s breathtaking.
Upon returning to land we took the last few minutes we could to explore Stavanger, a land of old Norwegian houses intermixed with new, metal structures.
It was a day of trolls, chocolate, and sisterhood. Exactly the kind of day this trip was intended for.