Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 2+3 on the Hurtigruten in Norway

We had borded at midnight and slept well in our little cabin. I woke
up and peeped out our porthole and saw the Norwegain countryside
going by. I still couldn't believe I was there in Norway!
Out our porthole

our cabin with beds made up (we have 2 portholes!)
MS Richard With in Stokmarknes
 Stokmarknes is home to the Hurtigruten museum. Our ship was
 named after the founder of the company. The following ship,
 the Finnmarken (1956) is part of the museum.
 This museum was free if we showed our cabin key.
 The Hurtigruten ships are not cruise ships, but working ships
 for transport and travel within Norway. However the dining was
 exceptional, as well as the 7 floors of cabins and lounges.
 You can see below how comfortable we were knitting and watching
 the perfect scenery go by. By the way, Hurtigruten means Fast Route.
Our ship would stop at larger towns for 45 min or 1 hour and we could
run around, shop and see the many museums.
MS Finnmarken   retired now
An early captain remembered in the Museum
           
    
Stokmarkens convenience store      


 
Down the "Raftsundet" called the most beautiful part of the voyage

Sea Eagle Safari from our ship to a small boat. They left our ship for a couple hours and then we picked them up again.
Beginning the Trollfjorden

This area was breathtakingly beautiful!

More of Trollfjorden

Our ship docked in Svolvær on the Lofoten Islands



Empty fish drying racks
Church in Svolvær

Downtown  The lofoten islands is where many Norwegians spend their vacations.
Lofoten War Museum
An old picture of a women knitting on one of the Hurtigruten ships
She seems to be making socks or mittens with double pointed needles.
I took this picture at the Hurtigruten museum. Poor lady seems besieged with knots.
Our group knitting mittens on board ship! little has changed
, however no knots.
Modern hotel in Svolvær
We are actually crossing the Arctic Circle!!!
 Our trip started a whole day journey by ship north of the arctic circle.
Living at the Arctic Circle, nice in summer!
A Little Viking in Sandnessjøen

A ship at the dock

Sandnessjøen   (this is where my lost luggage caught up with me!)
Torghatten    Famous mountain with a hole in the middle
Snowrail with seagulls nesting on it in the town of Rørvik.  These are to keep the ice from falling on your head when it melts in the spring.
Our ship waiting for us to take us through the night and part of one more day.
 

2 comments:

  1. Hope to see more posts from this trip with Hurtigruten! :)

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  2. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

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