Pitcairn Island, one of four tiny islands in the group, is the only one inhabited. This last remaining British Overseas Territory, located in the remote South Pacific, is the furthest inhabited land from any continent on the earth! There is no airport; there is only one circuitous road; there is no TV reception although TVs with DVD players are numerous; there is no internet but the HAM radio tower keeps the inhabitants in touch with the outside world; there are only about 4 dozen people living there. All are descendants of the mutineers of the HMS Bounty and their Polynesian companions.
The mutineers arrived on Pitcairn in 1790. They set fire to the HMS Bounty in order to sink her and hide her from discovery. The wreck is still visible underwater and was, in fact, discovered by the National Geographic explorer Luis Marden in 1957.
Today, half the population of Pitcairn came aboard the MS Amsterdam. The pictures will tell the story about our day. You all know the story of Mutiny on the Bounty! We met the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers!
Now another couple of days at sea as we sail to Papeete, Tahiti.
The city of Alesund is a very special place. It spans several islands linked by tunnels and bridges and casts a spell on visitors with its distinctive Art Nouveau style of architecture. The city was chartered in 1848, but it was on a dark and stormy night in 1904 that the entire city center was destroyed by fire. Over the next three years, the city was rebuilt, almost exclusively in the Art Nouveau style. Today, Alesund is an important fishing port, centrally located on the Norwegian Sea.
We have been here before and were enchanted by the charm of the architecture. The history of the area encompasses the Viking Age, but this was an agricultural area and settlements were separated by great distances. The Sunnmore Museum, just outside of town (9:00am-4:00pm daily, 7.50/pp for seniors) details the lifestyle of the early peoples along with their architecture, industry and community.
One “must do” activity in Alesund is a visit to the Fjellstua Lodge atop Mount Aksla. You can walk up the 418 steps if you are so inclined, but the little Alesund City Sightseeing train will take you there ($24.00/pp/rt with a stop at Sunnmore, too.) As will the HOHO for $38.00/pp. And as will taxis for about 100.00/hour!
Of course, there is nothing wrong in simply walking around the charming town, shopping the quaint shops and enjoying a lunch or libation in a lovely café. This is a fun, entertaining and interesting port!