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|
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|
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!!!|
|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.|