“Who knows what Romance, what Adventure, what Love, is lurking around the next turn of the road, ready to leap out on us if we’ll only travel that far.”
~Jack London, The Road
I almost waited until we were on the plane before publishing this.
It isn’t that I’m a superstitious soul, but after two unsuccessful attempts, it feels a little surreal to say that we are finally-really-definitely heading to Norway.
We cancelled our first Norwegian cruise in 2020 – just before the pandemic altered everyone’s travel plans – when we learned that our sweet grandson would be timing his arrival for that summer. We later rescheduled the trip for 2022, only to discover that our second little grandson would be making an appearance on the day we had planned to leave for the Land of the Midnight Sun. I should have known better. Summer birthdays are a thing in our family. All of us – Herb, me, our children, their spouses and now our grandchildren – keep the cake flowing and the candles burning from June to August.
Happily, this has been a remarkably easy trip to reschedule. British Airways honored the vouchers we were given with the 2020 cancellation, generously extending the expiration date several times until September 2023. Seabourn offered an almost identical Norway itinerary this June and transferred our 2022 payments to the new date. And as an unexpected bonus, our son and his German husband invited us to meet them in Berlin the week before we sail – seeing the sights and spending time with our son-in-law’s family in Hannover and Hamburg.
The cruise sails round-trip from Copenhagen, a city I fell quite hard for when I first made its impossibly charming acquaintance nine years ago. From there, we will wind our way north, traveling along the west coast of Norway. We will be stopping at fishing villages, fjords and intriguing-sounding small towns, sailing above the Arctic Circle all the way to the North Cape. The return route southward promises more fjord-filled scenery and places where we’ve never traveled – and an excursion that includes some famous Norwegian waffles.
I invite you to check out The Modern Postcard’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for “real time” photos from our stops along the way. And as always, I will be sharing stories and photos here on the blog when we return.
It’s exciting to be heading out on an ocean voyage again. And if there’s any truth to the saying that “the third time’s the charm,” our travels through Norway should be quite the adventure!