Looking out a big window overlooking the sea while in a nice business class seat — not a bad place to ‘office’ for the day. I’m on a multi-week client trip in the south of Norway in the dead of January and wanted a way to see more of the area yet still get some writing done. Oh, and not freeze to death. Solution? A mini-cruise from Kristiansand, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark on ColorLine Cruises.
A smooth 3 hour, 15 minute ride each way made for a very nice way to spend the day. My business class ticket included wifi, power outlets, coffee and snacks and an very quiet, almost empty business class area. It could only have been more perfect had the temperature been quadrupled so I could have been on the deck enjoying the sea air.
The fishing and ferry town of Hirtshals, Denmark has a population of about 6,000 people. A tourist destination it’s really not. It is primarily a destination for Norwegians looking to bring lower taxed items (namely liquor and cigarettes) back into Norway.
Trains and buses (depending on the time of year) take tourists interested in more extensive shopping areas to nearby towns such as Skagen, Denmark.
I decided to pass on shopping and instead take the return trip right back to Kristiansand so I could enjoy the view in the daylight. The cruise departed this morning while it was still dark outside; I did’t want to be returning in the dark again on a later ship.
All in all, a very nice way to ‘office’ for a day in the warmth of my business class seat.