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I’m on a boat.

Last weekend, 21 March – 23 March, over 400 students attended an epic boat journey from Bergen to Hirtshals, Denmark; then to Langesund, Norway; back to Hirtshals; then disembarked at Stavanger, Norway; and finally everyone took a bus ride (with multiple ferries!) back to Bergen. The goal of the trip was to party, make friends, and enjoy some cheap libations all for 220nok.
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Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Do you enjoy adventure and a good party?

An event like this may suit you well! A lively atmosphere, even despite some rough seas, pervaded the experience. One attendee, Mahmud Hasan from Bangladesh said, “The first day we were joyous and had unlimited fun.  But, second day, the experience was mixed with the rolling of the ship in the rough sea. I think most of us could not enjoy properly due to sea sickness, and yes, sea sickness forced few people to limit the party but still, the dance floor was rocking by the amazing people until 3.30 am.”

 

Here’s a quick (timelapse) view of the dance floor prior to rockin’.

Mahmud is studying Physical Oceanography at UiB. He also commented that the trip was a memorable opportunity to interact with students of many different nationalities as well as a well-organized event.

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Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Mahmud stayed on the boat the whole time and got the full party (and rough seas) experience. But another option was to spend about 12 hours in Hirtshals, Denmark.

Not much of a partier?

Don’t expect to sleep on a party boat. But really, why would you expect that? Despite my earplugs and sleep mask (prepping like an ancient fuddy-duddy) I slept little on this trip, due in large part to the rolling seas. Nonetheless, I think many people could enjoy a party boat to Denmark, especially if they brought lots of ginger (in case of sea sickness), and if they’re willing to catch up on sleep later. 🙂
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Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

I have to confess, I’m not generally a big party-person. I love to meet people and socialize, but the bigger the group, often the more shy I feel. I am rarely in the mood for a rager (it does happen from time to time that I am, though). This weekend, I was more in the mood to explore and relax, so I disembarked at Hirtshals to wander. I was really interested in taking a look at their lighthouse and aquarium, and finding some Stone Age gravesites (I never did make it to these – I’ll have to return).
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Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Hirtshals has glorious beaches and dunes, and I would have been quite happy to walk for hours had it not been insanely cold and windy (if “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing” my clothing was bad for this experience).
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Photo: Stand Hiestand

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Photo: Stand Hiestand

As it was I managed to walk for 3 hours or more without my hands falling off, even though they kept telling me they would (no, of course they didn’t really talk to me, I wasn’t that delirious from lack of sleep!). I retired for a significant portion of my day to the aquarium, which, while unfortunately under construction, still entertained me with fish and seal feeding as well as the usual array of sea creatures.

 

The Seals were excited about feeding-time:


I love aquariums!

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Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Here is a timelapse view of a fish breathing. Apparently this type of fish tastes with its legs. Awesomely weird!

 

Ready to board in 2016?

This trip utilized a Fjordline cruise ship. You can take a look for any other great boat deals at their website if you’d like to have your own boat adventure. Or keep your eyes on the Tenants Union Fantoft Facebook page for their upcoming adventures they might plan!

Update August 2016: Tenants Union Fantoft Facebook is currently letting you know that the dates for booking your tickets the Halloween Party Cruise to Denmark will soon be available online.

  • The trip is available for all students in Bergen/ Stavanger and residents at SIB/ SiS housing.
  • Saturday, 29 October 2016 – Monday, 31 October 2016
  • Bergen- Hirtshals- Langesund- Hirtshals-Bergen)
  •  NOK 300/per person (sharing a 4 person cabin)
  • Questions? email sslbergen@gmail.com

 

Have you joined a party boat? Comment below and tell us all about it!

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