348 Photos - Feb 7, 2015
Photo: We arrive in Bergen and walk around the city center before heading to the cruise terminalPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bergen HarborPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Lunch - local musselsPhoto: Cruising on the way to Alesund NorthboundPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Alesund for a 3 hour stopPhoto: Photo: A reconstruction of a Norwegian fishing  vesselPhoto: Photo: We visit the Aquarium in AlesundPhoto: A nice sized halibutPhoto: Photo: Mysteries at the Museum!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Peter pondering the countrysidePhoto: Photo: Alesund from above!Photo: Photo: Photo: A helicopter being used to ferry concrete for the reconstruction of the path from the town to the lookoutPhoto: Photo: We arrive in Trondheim - the ferry harborPhoto: Main street TrondheimPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Midnatsol is a working ferry below decks - some cargo being loaded aboardPhoto: We continue our journey northboundPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: One of the oldest remaining lighthouses in Norway - circa 1880Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Yes there are hot tubs and they are being used by the hearty ones!Photo: Photo: Photo: Breakfast fish selectionsPhoto: Sailing towards Bodo heading toward the Arctic CirclePhoto: Photo: Photo: We cross the line and King Neptunes helpers - the Captain - intiate those who have not crossed into the "Blue Nose" realmPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Neptune himselfPhoto: Some refreshing Aquavit after the ice bathPhoto: Photo: Photo: The voyage continues as the first rays of sun appear for the first time in 2015 north of the circlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Bodo mid afternoonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our first glimpse of the Northernn Lights - 7:00pmPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We stop at Stamsund and a car departsPhoto: We are on the bus heading toward a Viking Feast - we will rejoin the ship in the next port of SvolvaerPhoto: We are greeted at the Viking Long House - rebuilt on the actual remains of the longest one known in NorwayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Praying to the Viking GodsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Presenting the meal to be judged fit to eatPhoto: Photo: Photo: The evening meal along with some home made meadPhoto: Photo: Photo: Typical northern footwarePhoto: Stockfish (cod)Photo: Photo: Photo: We are saluted as we departPhoto: Back in the hot tube as we search for the lightsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Friendly faces!Photo: We get ready to pass TrollfjordPhoto: Photo: The troll had arrivedPhoto: Photo: Photo: On the way to Tromso  - NorthboundPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The mid day sun risePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cold air and less cold water = steamPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mid day Sunset - 1:40pmPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Riding the tide linePhoto: We arrive in Tromso in early afternoonPhoto: The local sea life exhibitPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Cathedral of Tromso - LutheranPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sailing Northbound around North CapePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Honningsvag - the northern point of our Northbound JourneyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: These ones missed the lesson on migration - below zero outsidePhoto: Photo: We visit the Northcape MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Awaiting the passing of the FinnchurchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: More lights arrive - 6:30pmPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Kirkenes and head towards our excursion to the Russian BorderPhoto: And we arrive at the Border - the Norwegians can get a visa good for a year.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The border gift shop - closed during our visitPhoto: Photo: Photo: - 22 degrees Celsius!  Cold!!!!Photo: Photo: We stop to overlook Long Fjord at High NoonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: All of the Northern part of Norway was flattened by the Nazi's. This is a bunker used by the locals for shelter from the bombingPhoto: Photo: Photo: Steaming oceanPhoto: Photo: Salmon preparation classPhoto: We arrive in Vardo where a few brave people decided to go for a mid afternoon dip.  Verifying the temperature of the waterPhoto: The men take the plungePhoto: Photo: Photo: And now the women head in!Photo: Photo: Photo: Note the ice on the side of the ship!Photo: Lots of natural gas that is piped undewater to the liquifying plant in HammerfestPhoto: We are in Hammerfest - the northern most city in the worldPhoto: Hammerfest was also leveled by the Nazis - and occupied by more than 100,000 troops.  The cemetary chapel was the only building left standingPhoto: Photo: Hammerfest viewpointPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A replica of the native hut - a restaurant now!Photo: Photo: We also visited the Meridian Column, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the first measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth was made.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hammerfest - the home of the Polar Bear SocietyPhoto: The "central park"Photo: Photo: Photo: Back to sea, heading southboundPhoto: Photo: We enter RisoyhamnPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Line one over....Photo: Photo: And back to sea after a 15 minute stop..passing a fish farmPhoto: Photo: We arrive later in the day at Stokmarknes - home of the Hurtigruten MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: We head out!Photo: Photo: Photo: The museum includes the MS Finnmarken circa 1912, which has been mounted on landPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Finnmarken in its heydayPhoto: Photo: The museum exteriorPhoto: We arrive in Svolvaer for a tour of an authentic fishing village preservationPhoto: The proprietor's mansionPhoto: Our guide - a teacher - descibes the cod battle of TrollfjordPhoto: Stockfish drying racksPhoto: We spend a few minutes in one of the remaining fishing shacksPhoto: Photo: Photo: We arrive in BronnoysundPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive back in Trondheim southbound - a view of the city from a nearby lookoutPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: And we visit the Trondheim Cathedral - the only and oldest gothic church in Scandinavia - the burial place of St. OlafPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A tour of the Midnatsol - the bar areaPhoto: the coffee shop next doorPhoto: The deck 8 vista lounge - also on deck 9Photo: the information center on deck 8Photo: another quiet loungePhoto: the computer cafe - deck 8Photo: the promenade deck -  deck 6 - great place to walk and see the sightsPhoto: The cafeteria loungePhoto: The cafeteria - open 24 hoursPhoto: the conference roomPhoto: Bjorn giving us our departure briefPhoto: Waiting for lunch!Photo: ReceptionPhoto: The atrium elevatorsPhoto: And we continue our voyage back to BergenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The only oil rig we spottedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Storm Clouds in the futurePhoto: And our voyage ends - a truly great adventure