Thursday, July 04, 2024

2024 Viking Homelands - Day #12 - Alborg, Denmark

Ålborg Walking Tour

Utzon Center, Old Town and Ålborghus Castle

Enjoy a taste of beautiful Ålborg, strolling its old town, savoring local delicacies and seeing Ålborghus Castle.

Leaving your ship’s berth in the city center, walk along the renovated waterfront district, home to the Utzon Center. Pass through Utzon Park and visit Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), which to this day still houses one of the original church bells dating back to the 12th century. Visit the charming old town, see the Gothic 14th-century Budolfi Church and the lovely baroque-style City Hall. Take a stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s stone house. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque renaissance home was never approved by the local gentry. The highlight of the tour is the chance to experience our very own Viking market, where you can sample some of the local delicacies while exploring the grounds of Ålborghus Castle.
Danish Beer & Walking Tour

Go Off the Beaten Path to Sample Denmark's Finest Brews

Sample some of the best-loved Danish beers on this walking tour of the Jomfru Ane Gade district.

Explore the backdrop of Denmark’s brewing heritage and immerse yourself in its beer culture as your guide accompanies you to our carefully selected watering holes. With your very own “Ålborg Tasting Glass,” you will enjoy six different brews and visit three of Ålborg’s inviting traditional pubs. With more than 5,000 years of brewing history, Denmark regularly enters the Top 10 list of European brewing nations. This tour is perfect to sample a selection of Denmark’s finest and discover your favorite Danish brew while learning more about the history of this picturesque town along the way. At the end of the tour, you can return to the ship with your guide or further explore the area independently.
We were up and moving about 6 am. Sharon did a Yoga class at 7:00 am, while I did a twenty minute arms and shoulders Peloton Strength workout and then ran thirty plus minutes on the treadmill. I have worked out more so far on the trip than I thought that I would.

We had a late breakfast in the World Cafe. When the trip is over, I am going to write a longer post about the boat. I want to compare this Viking Ocean Cruise with our Seabourn Greece and Turkey cruise. The one negative thing about this trip is that the World Cafe has been overrun with people on the last couple of mornings; it was a zoo.

The boat docked in Aalborg at 10:00 am.

We did an 11:00 am walking tour of the old city. I enjoyed the tour, but it was Sharon's least favorite excursion and guide of the trip so far. Interestingly, Aalborg claims to host the largest 4th of July Celebration outside of the United States.

Back at the boat, we had a quick bite to eat at the Pool Grill. We split a burger.

After lunch, we did a Danish Beer walking tour. I really enjoyed the pub crawl. They served us a herring sandwich at the second stop. Along with the beer, they served us several shots of schnaps.

It rained on off and on during the two excursions. The rain was hard a couple of times, but stopped fairly quickly.

The ship departed at 6:00 pm. We went to the Explorers' Lounge to watch it sail away from the dock and down the sound. Afterwards, we went to a presentation on Viking Expedition Cruises in the Torshavn Bar.

Originally, Sharon had moved some reservations around with the thought that we would have the 4th of July food in the World Cafe. As we were getting ready for dinner, she changed her mind. We went to The Restaurant and sat by yourselves. I had the DESTINATION MENU that included: Honsekodssuppe (danish chicken soup with flour dumplings, meatballs & vegetables); Cod & Seafood Pie (cod, creamy shrimp & mussel sauce; mashed potatoes), and; Little Baked Alaska (ice cream, honey meringue, cookie base).

Back in the room, we watched the port talk for Copenhagen. We crashed early.

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